Angels Landing trail temporarily closing for repairs

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hikers carefully pick their way down the Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park. It's one of the premier hikes in the park which takes the hiker up and a steep rock spine that climbs to a magnificent view of the Virgin River and Zion Canyon below. The hikes is not for those with fear of heights. An anchor chain is embedded in the rock in steep places along the trail that hikers can grab onto for safety.

Those planning to ascend to the top of Angels Landing at Zion National Park next week may have to settle for a different hike.

The popular trail will be closed for construction from 6 a.m. on Aug. 20 to 6 a.m. on Aug. 22, according to a news release from the park.

Construction crews will replace posts along the trail that support chain sections, which hikers rely on to climb at narrow sections of the trail and guide them up the steep rock spine.

Scouts Lookout and the West Rim Trail — both accessed from the trailhead that leads to Angels Landing — remain open.