On our last day in Zion, the weather was still preventing us from heading up The Narrows so we opted for one of the more strenuous hikes instead. Trey and I headed up the West Rim Trail towards a peak called Angel’s Landing (the peak on the left in the image above). Angel’s Landing is known for its steep drop-offs and a cliff face you have to climb across while holding on to chains.

We hiked all the way up to Scout Lookout the last stop before the final (deadly) 1/2 mile to Angel’s Landing. The rainy weather and lightning made that stretch something an adult shouldn’t attempt, much less a 4-year-old.

Nonetheless, I was very proud of my son for hiking a total of 4.6 miles in the rain and over an elevation change of 1200 ft! I didn’t have to carry him once! To him the big payoff was getting to see chipmunks at the top. It also helped that we befriended a Swiss family with a cute 16-year-old girl that Trey fell in love with. He held her hand and grinned for most of the 2.3 miles down the mountain. I think he would have hiked another 4 miles with her if I’d let him.

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