West Rim Trail – Angels Landing & Walter’s Wiggles Viewpoint
Angels Landing is Joe’s favorite trail, and a tie for second for me (the other being Bright Angels in Grand Canyon). Today is our third, and likely final, Angels Landing hike before the lottery permit system takes effect in 2022. It is unfortunate that a permit system needs to be implemented, but due to overcrowding it is necessary for safety reasons.
In addition to hiking up Angels Landing, my plan for us is to hike further up the West Rim Trail past Scout Landing to get a bird’s eye view of Walter’s Wiggles for the first time.
We didn’t stop to take many pictures on the way up as we were trying to pass as many people as we could, so that we wouldn’t get tied up at the chain portion of Angels Landing.
Back at Scout Landing, we hung a right to hook back onto the West Rim trail. This begins our search for the best view of Walter’s Wiggles. There is no official viewpoint, and if you didn’t know to look for it, you’d never see it because you can’t see it from the trail. The most important thing is to know where Walter’s Wiggles is in relation to Scout and Angels Landing. Once that’s figured out, then it’s just a matter of figuring out how to get to the best vantage point.
Soon we arrived at the slickrock, and this is where we started to look for Walter’s Wiggles.
With tummies full and mission accomplished, it was time to make our way back down.
This 7-mile hike took us about 5 1/2 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. We figured this may be our last time hiking it so we really took the time to soak in the views.