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West Rim Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 867' 264 m
Descent: -3,981' -1,214 m
High: 7,453' 2,272 m
Low: 4,338' 1,322 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 78% (38°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A major trail leading from Zion NP's frontcountry deep into the backcountry.

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the West Rim Trailhead near Lava Point and traverses across the high alpine elevation with sweeping views out into the Wildcat Canyon area for the first 6.5 miles as you drop into Potato Hollow. Next, the trail climbs out of Potato Hollow before it splits into the Telephone Canyon Trail and the West Rim Trail.

The West Rim Trail follows along the rim with views of Phantom Valley and the canyons to the south. Although it is a little scary to hike so close to precipitous drop-off, this trail is well worth the journey. The views across Right Fork Canyon are astounding.

These include:
  • Church Mesa
  • Inclined Temple
  • Ivins Mountain
  • and Greatheart Mesa

Near its southern terminus, this trail passes the famed Angel's Landing hike. This is not to be missed!

Flora & Fauna

The park has more than a 1,000 species of plants ranging from tall, graceful cottonwoods growing along the river to towering pines and firs shading the higher elevations. Prickly pears, cholla, and yucca are among Zion's desert-adapted plants. The hanging gardens support brilliantly-colored Zion shooting-stars, scarlet monkeyflowers, and Western and golden columbines. This trail traverses multiple ecosystems and therefore highlights much of the ecological diversity in the park.

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Aug 21, 2019
Jessica B
We only did the hike up to angels landing and back.
Jul 6, 2019
Jack Tao
7.5mi
Jul 2, 2019
Dominique Holt
round trip. Grotto to camp site 7, approximately 4 miles from Lava Point 18mi
Jun 26, 2019
Thomas Hilde
Jun 17, 2019
Dayna Turner
May 30, 2019
Jean Wu
Love, LOve, LOVE!!!
May 30, 2019
Mike Patel
May 28, 2019
Cynthia Fox
We hiked from grotto so did most of this the uphill route. Lovely hike

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 35 votes

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in Lava Point

#31

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#1

in Lava Point

#5

in Utah

#31

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Photos

Looking down over the trail to Angels Landing.
Dec 19, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The West Rim Trail never disappoints.
Apr 27, 2017 near Springdale, UT
On the way up
Oct 12, 2017 near Springdale, UT
First set of switch backs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Angel's Landing
Feb 4, 2015 near Springdale, UT
On Angel's Landing
Aug 19, 2015 near Springdale, UT

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