St. George/Zion conditions

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St. George/Zion conditions

by climbingchic » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:40 pm

I plan on heading down to do angel's landing this weekend. I know the mountains down there got snow; I just don't know how high that landing is compared to the mountains. Bottomline, does anyone know the conditions for the park in general?

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Re: St. George/Zion conditions

by Day Hiker » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:53 pm

climbingchic wrote:I just don't know how high that landing is compared to the mountains.

The Angels Landing summit is around 5800 feet, and the trailhead (Grotto) is around 4300 feet.

I haven't been to Zion this week, but I can tell you that last weekend everything in the deserts around here (Vegas, Death Valley, etc.) got snow down to at least 4000 feet. Of course, it's melting fast at lower elevations.

The region (including Zion) is supposed to get another storm around Wednesday.

If you go, and Angels Landing is too hairy, you could probably still hike up to something like Observation Point, even though it's higher, because it's class-1. I have hiked it in snow. Observation Point is around 6500 feet, and the trailhead is around 4400.

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by Gafoto » Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:00 pm

If you're just going for the view, Observation Point has a better view than Angel's Landing.

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by Dow Williams » Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:31 pm

Angels Landing and Observation Point are quick hikes (I have used both for training runs) in good conditions and fun short treks when covered in snow. Knowing your fitness level and regime, I don't think you will have any problem with Angels Landing. Maybe take an alpine ax with you in case the chains are buried. Cheers.

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