The Angels Landing is the most spectacular and most popular hiking trail in Zion National Park. But before deciding if you want to do it or not you have to answer two questions:
Are you afraid of heights or not?
If you do it is probably better to stick to less demanding trails. The last stretch of the trail is pretty nerve racking when you climb along the narrow ridge with the one-mile abyss on the one side and half a mile void on another. It is beautiful but scary sometimes. My wife is afraid of heights and there is absolutely no way she could complete this hike.
Second question: Are you comfortable waking up at 5am?
The Zion National Park is one of the busiest parks in the Southwest because of the proximity to Las Vegas and it is a popular destination for day tours from Sin City. And pretty much everybody wants to do Angels Landing. If you decide to do the trail in the middles of the day between April and October you will not enjoy it. It looks like Times Square on New Year eve. The only way to enjoy it is to wake up at 5am, take the very first shuttle bus to the bottom of the trail. At this time of the day, you will hardly see any people.
Below is the 100% crop of the area of the Angel Landing trail.
It was a simple and uncomplicated shot. I used a tripod and took 3 bracketed shots.
Camera: Sony a6000
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Speed: 1/320s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
It was Lightroom HDR workflow. I merger 3 bracketed shots in Lightroom’s Merge to HDR module first.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: HDR Base 1 (9, 13, 19, 25, 21, 31, 34)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors.