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Angel's Landing hike in Zion National Park for the fearless

My hike ended at the base of Angel's Landing where the chain section starts (it was closed due to Covid-19); the trek up the spine of the ridge is the highlight of the hike but I enjoyed the views anyway

My hike ended at the base of Angel's Landing where the chain section starts (it was closed due to Covid-19); the trek up the spine of the ridge is the highlight of the hike but I enjoyed the views anyway

The Angel's Landing hike climbs 1500 feet from the floor of the valley; the trail is largely paved which made it much easier than I expected

The Angel's Landing hike climbs 1500 feet from the floor of the valley; the trail is largely paved which made it much easier than I expected

There's a sign at the beginning of the hike noting that 10 people have died on the trail in the last 15 years; with no guardrails and loose sandstone it's easy to see how accidents could happen

There's a sign at the beginning of the hike noting that 10 people have died on the trail in the last 15 years; with no guardrails and loose sandstone it's easy to see how accidents could happen

Condors have been reintroduced to Zion with the first chick being born in 2019; they have a wingspan of nearly 10 ft, can fly up to 50 mph and travel more than a hundred miles a day

Condors have been reintroduced to Zion with the first chick being born in 2019; they have a wingspan of nearly 10 ft, can fly up to 50 mph and travel more than a hundred miles a day

The toughest part of the hike was Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 very steep switchbacks; the wiggles are named after Walter Ruesch, who was the first superintendent for Zion National Park and constructed the switchbacks in 1926

The toughest part of the hike was Walter's Wiggles, a series of 21 very steep switchbacks; the wiggles are named after Walter Ruesch, who was the first superintendent for Zion National Park and constructed the switchbacks in 1926

In 1847, Mormon farmers from the Salt Lake area became the first people of European descent to settle the Virgin River region; Zion (within the Mormon religion, Zion is used to connote an association of the righteous) National Park was established in 1919

In 1847, Mormon farmers from the Salt Lake area became the first people of European descent to settle the Virgin River region; Zion (within the Mormon religion, Zion is used to connote an association of the righteous) National Park was established in 1919

Least chipmunks were scurrying around (especially at the top) and not afraid of people; there is a big fine for feeding the wildlife so I behaved myself

Least chipmunks were scurrying around (especially at the top) and not afraid of people; there is a big fine for feeding the wildlife so I behaved myself

The stream gradient of the Virgin River, whose North Fork flows through Zion Canyon behind me, ranges from 50 to 80 feet per mile (0.91.5%)ne of the steepest stream gradients in North America

The stream gradient of the Virgin River, whose North Fork flows through Zion Canyon behind me, ranges from 50 to 80 feet per mile (0.9–1.5%)—one of the steepest stream gradients in North America

The 162 mile long Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River; it's hard to believe that this stream carved Zion Canyon although the water flow is significantly greater in the spring with snow melt

The 162 mile long Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River; it's hard to believe that this stream carved Zion Canyon although the water flow is significantly greater in the spring with snow melt

A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 ft deep; the canyon is difficult to photograph because the walls are so high and the canyon relatively narrow

A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 ft deep; the canyon is difficult to photograph because the walls are so high and the canyon relatively narrow

Black-headed grosbeak; a system of timed shuttle bus tickets has been implemented and I was fortunate to get ticket since they sold out quickly; without a ticket, you had to bike or walk into the park from Springdale

Black-headed grosbeak; a system of timed shuttle bus tickets has been implemented and I was fortunate to get ticket since they sold out quickly; without a ticket, you had to bike or walk into the park from Springdale

The white layer is the Temple Cap and consists of sandstone and a layer of mudstone formed by coastal sand dunes and tidal flats during the incursion of a shallow inland sea which took place in the Jurassic period 170 million years ago

The white layer is the Temple Cap and consists of sandstone and a layer of mudstone formed by coastal sand dunes and tidal flats during the incursion of a shallow inland sea which took place in the Jurassic period 170 million years ago

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