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East Mesa Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (11)

A pleasant hike through a pinion and juniper forest, until reaching Observation Point Trail.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Point to Point

6,797' 2,072 m

High

5,627' 1,715 m

Low

1,177' 359 m

Up

278' 85 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Description

This somewhat unremarkable trail takes you from Zion's east mesa to East Rim Trail, snaking its way through dense forest as it goes. Though not a sought after hike compared to the other trails around it, East Mesa does provide great views of the Pink Cliffs and Brian Head Peak (11,306'). Additionally, you'll get great views of Bulloch Gulch to the north, its surrounding canyon, and have access to one of the best views in the park from Observation Point Trail.

Starting from East Rim Trail, East Mesa climbs very steeply, switchbacking multiple times until it eventually contours south of a small mesa. Once the trail levels off, all of the hard stuff is done. Hike a short ways north and you'll pass Observation Point Trail on your left. Be sure not to miss this must-see trail as it's a short connector leading to some of the best views in Zion.

Once past Observation Point Trail, follow East Mesa east as it winds its way down the park's eastern mesa at an easy grade. Eventually you'll connect with Fir Rd., a dirt road just to the east of the park.

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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in East Zion

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in East Zion

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in Utah

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Zion Canyon and its winding Virgin River
Oct 22, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Vertical rocks on the ascent to Observation Point
Oct 22, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Zion Canyon from afar
Oct 22, 2017 near Springdale, UT

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Sep 25, 2020
Kari Vanderslice
Fabulous! Solitude & silence. Went through forests, sand, rocks, ups & downs. Lunched at the Point. Hazy day but amazing. 7.1mi — 3h 10m
Sep 22, 2020
Robert Slavik
9h 00m
Jun 30, 2020
Christopher Nelsen
Jun 28, 2020
Eddie O'Toole
Trail is great, views are amazing, lots of sand. 10.4mi — 4h 37m
Nov 3, 2019
jeff nye
From east side of park to Observation Point 7.2mi — 3h 30m
Oct 22, 2019
Xai Xiong
3.2mi — 1h 00m
Sep 30, 2019
Jena Turner
Sep 21, 2019
Courtney DeClerk