Angels Landing Trail, Zion National Park, UT
The ambitious 10-mile out-and-back to the top of this classic Zion rock formation screams triumph. Three-time Everest summiteer Conrad Anker says it has “all of the views and challenge of Half Dome but without the congestion.” The reward for scrambling over the grippy sandstone, along a trail carved out of the cliffs by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is standing atop what feels like a giant spire, with equally giant views of the park below. A tradition after climbing Angels Landing, according to Anker, is to have a margarita at the Bit and Spur saloon in nearby Springdale.
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