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Author: Naomi Dunbar

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be continuing to bring you the scariest hikes in the world. These adrenaline-pumping, spine-tingling and well, bum-clenching hikes will not be for the faint-hearted, you have been warned! In the first part of this series, we introduced you to Mount Huashan in China, which is a death-defying plank walk attached to the sheer face of the mountain. Next up, we’re going to take a closer look at the vertigo-inducing Angels Landing in Utah.

Angels Landing, Utah

Located in Zion National Park, in southwest Utah, Angels Landing is a three-mile trail which leads to a hair-raising ridge walk along the spine of a thrillingly exposed rock formation, towering over 400m above the main canyon’s floor in the national park.

The trail was carved into the dramatic rock formation in the mid-1920s, and offers nothing but a small chain for hikers to cling onto as they climb higher and higher to the top of the ridge. However, as scary as the climb may be, the views from the top make every single step worth it – they’re absolutely out of this world.

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In fact, if you can get over the sheer height of it, this hike is nothing short of spectacular. The exposure on either side of the ridge is exhilarating and even though your heart may be beating out of your chest, the scenery and the feeling of hiking this trail will stay with you for a lifetime.

The full route is roughly a five mile round trip, and takes hikers approximately four to five hours to complete, depending on how timidly they take the ridge section, which is roughly three miles. Proper walking boots or shoes with good grip will be needed to take on this route.

If you want to take a closer look at this spine-chilling trail, check out the video below…

Adventure Travel magazine issue 135