Without the chains, this hike is a lot more manageable for those who may be afraid of heights. The trail still takes you along steep cliffs, but the path is a lot wider.
The beginning of the trail starts with the same set of switchbacks taken in the Hidden Canyon Trail (shown in the first picture). A lot of elevation gain happens right at the start, but there is still plenty more to come later. After you finish this initial set of switchbacks, you get a brief period of flatter terrain. You snake your way through the canyon, and get some nice shade for a little while.
Most of the trail you are exposed without coverage. When we went, it was pleasantly cool, and I was not dying from the sun. In the summer it is probably not so nice. Bringing lots of water is important!
After the flatter section in the canyon, the elevation picks up again and soon you're back to the switchbacks. Luckily, the view from all sides is amazing! There are several view points to stop and take it all in. When you can see you're above Angels Landing (which can be seen clearly in the fourth picture in the first row) you know you're getting close!
When you reach a flat section at the top, you're basically there! Just following the path there are a lot of places to branch off and see the view of the canyon. I walked around and took pictures from all sides! The top is also a great place to sit and eat. There are a lot of trees up there, so plenty of shade. For us, it was even a bit chilly, so I was enjoying the sun instead.
This hike was great because it wasn't as crowded. There were still plenty of people on the trail, but the distance and elevation of the hike seen to deter more people. It was a great workout with plenty of pretty things to look at! If you're in Zion for a couple days, definitely try this one. You'll get countless pretty pictures.