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blue East Mesa Trail


4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,177' 359 m
Descent: -278' -85 m
High: 6,797' 2,072 m
Low: 5,627' 1,715 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


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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Jul 5, 2019
Ron Del Rio
Nice walk along the Mesa 8.2mi — 3h 24m
Jul 4, 2019
Nitin Khanna
Some grade at the end, but a great hike if you start from Zion Ponderosa and end up at the Observation Point. 3.9mi — 1h 30m
May 19, 2019
Vanessa Wormuth
Apr 27, 2019
Augustus Sutera
Nov 24, 2018
Lisa White
Nov 23, 2018
Chris W
Oct 13, 2018
Erin O'Brien
Both springs are running and there are several rock seeps running towards the end but before Scouts Lookout. 15.6mi
Jul 31, 2018
dee angel

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