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  2. 2017Aug Angels Landing Trail, Zion NP2017Aug Angels Landing Trail, Zion NP
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Looking west from Zion Lodge in the morning
Ridgeline along west wall of valley, Zion Lodge
Zion Lodge grounds, looking west
Zion Lodge grounds, looking west, superwide view
After shuttle ride to start of Angels Landing trail
Reading the signs at the start of the trail
Challenging lighting, with the rising sun kissing the tops of the western wall of the canyon
Crossing the Virgin River in Zion Canyon
Looking downstream along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon (A lot of changing of levels required in Lightroom to bring up the shadows and bring down the highlights.)
Virgin River at the start of the Angels Landing trail, early morning (Taken in Zion National Park, Utah)
Walking upstream along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon, the flat part of the hike to Angels Landing
Peggy finding some young Indian Paintbrush (Zion National Park, Utah, USA)
Young indian paintbrush
Peggy and I at the banks of the Virgin River in Zion Canyon
Looking north along the Virgin River
Young indian paintbrush
Looks like turrets along the ridge to the west along the flat part of the Angels Landing trail
Trees on the eastern ridge
Prickly pear flowers
Sun coming up on the knife ridge to the north.
Shadow of the eastern ridge on the western wall of Zion Canyon.
Still on the flat part of the Angels Landing trail to the west of the Virgin River.
One illuminated ridge on the east wall
This might be prickly-leaf dogweed, but I'm not sure
Oops, not the right leaves for  prickly-leaf dogweed.
Superwide view of prickly pear.
White blooms on a prickly pear
Pale evening primrose
Pale evening primrose being blown by the wind
Still can't figure out what these flowers are! Maybe asters?
Fall of goliath.  Appears to be a dead oil beetle
Virgin River, with the park road on the cliff above the river.
We are starting to get to the moderate part of the climb, looking like ants on the hill.
More prickly pear flowers
Prickly pear leaf edge-on.
Looking south along the Angels Landing trail.
Looking to the east from the western wall of the canyon, starting to climb.
Peggy spotted this guy in the bushes next to the trail.
Great texture on this dead tree along the trail.
Looking at the hikers on the switchbacks above us.
Most of the way up the first set of switchbacks, looking back down to the south.
Peggy getting some photos of the canyon.
Other hikers ahead of us at the end of the first moderate section of the climb.
Getting towards the end of the first moderate climb in an amazing groove cut into the hillside.
Zion Canyon looking south, from the turn into Refrigerator Canyon.
Climbing through Refrigerator Canyon.
The bridge crossing Refrigerator Canyon.
Zion canyon seen through the slot of Refrigerator Canyon.
A nice looking group of German hikers
Coming out of Refrigerator Canyon to the start of Walter's Wiggles, a set of steep switchbacks.
Shadows of the trees on the ridge
Refrigerator Canyon seen from Walter's Wiggles.
Clusters of flowers growing in the cracks between stones making up the trail.
Siberian springbeauty
Climbing up Walter's Wiggles
Trees casting shadows on the adjacent ridge
California condor overhead at Scout Lookout
California condor overhead at Scout Lookout
Cute backlit chipmunk (Taken in Zion National Park, Angels Landing trail at Scout Lookout)
Cute backlit chipmunk
Cute backlit chipmunk
Cute chipmunk checking out hikers eating lunch
Cute chipmunk checking out hikers eating lunch
Another chipmunk runs over to check out lunch
Chipmunk and hiker's shoe.
A squirrel checks out the same hikers' lunch from behind.
The Hogsback, the steep climb to Angels Landing, seen from Scout Lookout
Virgin River seen from Scouts Landing on the way up to Angels Landing
Virgin River and  the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive with shuttle
Looking east across Zion Canyon
This may be heartleaf arnica, but maybe not!
Getting ready for the tough climb up the ridge to Angels Landing itself
A relatively easy section of the Hogsback, getting used to sticking to the rock
Next we get some chains to hold on to as we traverse side of the ridge.
Looking south into Zion Canyon from the early part of the climb up the Hogsback.
Scout Lookout from the Hogsback.  Rather nice pit toilets, must have been placed by helicopter.
Shaft of sunlight lighting up tiny yellow flowers
A bit of a drop before the hard push up the ridge
Virgin River just before the steep part of the Hogsback on way to Angels Landing
Still a ways to go to the summit, looking up the Hogsback.
Lots of traffic going up and down the Hogsback. Everybody was polite taking turns.
Virgin River in Zion Canyon from the Hogsback.
Looking at the hard climb to the top
Taking breaks for photos when we can
This guy lost a bet and had to climb to the top with a big stone.
Looking back down the Hogsback towards Scouts Lookout.
Virgin River from Hogsback near the summit of Angels Landing, superwide view!
Taking a rest before the last hard push to the top.
Views of the ridges to the east.
Very crowded with people going down as we go up.
Looking up the Hogsback at the last hard push, superwide view.
View of the Hogsback ridge climb we did from Scouts Lookout to Angels Landing.
Very near the top, after the last hard push, view of Zion Canyon to the south.
One of the few trees near the summit, giving shade to many hikers.
Photos on a short pillar near the summit.
Hikers resting near a large collection of cairns at the summit.
Hikers and cairns at the summit of Angels Landing
Many people taking breaks for lunch and photos at the summit of Angels Landing
Cairns at the summit of Angels Landing.
California condor circling the valley near Angels Landing
California condor circling the valley near Angels Landing
California condor circling the valley near Angels Landing
California condor circling the valley near Angels Landing
California condor circling the valley near Angels Landing
Cairns at the summit of Angels Landing.
Zion Lodge from Angels Landing summit.
Zion Canyon shuttle from Angels Landing summit.
Virgin River from Angels Landing summit.
Ridges on the east wall of the canyon.
Ridges on the east wall of the canyon.
Getting a different view by getting higher on the rock, near summit of Angels Landing.
Reviewing the photos
Starting the long climb back down.
California condor circling Angels Landing
Coming out of Refrigerator Canyon, looking at the West Rim trail back to the Grotto.
We have these switchbacks to get down first!
Switchbacks and West Rim Trail.
Back at Zion Lodge, after a nice late lunch. We can barely walk since we are so stiff!

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