Walter's Wiggles

Walter's Wiggles: 21 short, very steep switchbacks

Located in Zion National Park in southern Utah, in USA, the trail to Angels Landing is an unforgettable short adventure. It’s a set of 21 short, very steep switchbacks that present a relentless uphill climb. It’s said to be one of the most difficult and most terrifying hikes in the zone.

The path, called Walter's Wiggles, has 21 sharp turns carved into the face of the cliff to get to the top. It's for pedestrians only. The National Park Service website officially recognizes five fatalities, however other deaths have been reported. The top offers wonderful views of Zion Canyon. The serpentine switchbacks steeply ascend the north face, each wiggle no more than 20-25 feet in length.

This switchback trail is closed to vehicles and patrolled by park rangers often. It’s a steep, narrow ridge with support chains anchored intermittently along the route. The trail was cut from a sheer drop of solid rock in 1926 and remains one of the park’s most spectacular construction wonders.
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