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4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

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

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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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
Jul 12, 2018
Brie Shaw
Jul 6, 2018
Lea Marx
Jul 5, 2018
Ma Gl
A wonderful hike. We made our way up to Observation Point with on awesome view.
Apr 21, 2017
Austin Mower

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in East Zion

#5898

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in East Zion

#274

in Utah

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