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West Rim Trail

 18 votes

Length

14.7 Miles 23.6 Kilometers


Elevation

867' 264 m

Ascent

-3,981' -1,214 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

78%

Max Grade (38°)

7,453' 2,272 m

High

4,338' 1,322 m

Low

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All Clear 37 days ago
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A major trail leading from Zion NP's frontcountry deep into the backcountry.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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May 10, 2018
Brittany Berryman
May 4, 2018
Drey Rosenberg
18mi
Apr 27, 2018
Ali Badereddin
Apr 9, 2018
Jim Herzog
17mi — 8h 00m
Apr 6, 2018
Tim Lam
Mar 18, 2018
Russ Delaire
To Scout Point and Back
Mar 17, 2018
Stacey Weldon
Nov 24, 2017
Caleb Miller
Family Gathering 14.7mi

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 18 votes

#1

in Lava Point

#24

Overall
  4.8 from 18 votes
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in Lava Point

#3

in Utah

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