If you have ever hiked Angels Landing in Zion Canyon you have experienced the endless switchbacks and iconic red rocks. There are so many beautiful trails in Utah, but Angels Landing seems to be the most photographed and posted on Instagram. It is also one of the most difficult trails in Zions National Park. So it was declared America’s top hiking trail by Kuhl.
Kuhl conducted an analysis examining 1,000 trails, across 50 states. 60 million Americans went hiking last year and rated their hikes. Angels Landing received 24,985 reviews, 4.9 stars, 26,600 Google searches, and 22,117 Instagram mentions.
A reviewer from Google said, “This is the most beautiful and exciting hike I’ve ever done. You can do the full thing in around 4 hours. It looks scarier than it actually is and it’s not difficult. Just be very careful to not slip on the sections without chains. You also need to get a permit (can apply the day before).”
Another reviewer from Google said, “Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park was an unforgettable adventure for me. The trail started with a challenging climb up Walter’s Wiggles, a series of steep switchbacks offering glimpses of the stunning Zion Canyon below. The highlight of the hike was the nerve-wracking but exhilarating narrow ridge leading to Angels Landing, where chains provided much-needed support along the sheer cliffs. Reaching the summit rewarded me with a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view that left me in awe. It’s an absolute must-do for anyone seeking both adventure and the beauty of nature.”
The trail that came second to Angels Landing was the breathtaking John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park.