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Observation Point

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Length

6.8 Miles 10.9 Kilometers


Elevation

2,177' 663 m

Ascent

-2,176' -663 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

6,523' 1,988 m

High

4,368' 1,331 m

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An awe-inspiring hike leading to some of the best views in Zion National Park.

Tom Robson

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This steep and strenuous route takes hikers from ~4,000' all the way to 6,500' in the short span of 3 miles. Though difficult, this hike culminates at one of the best viewpoints in Zion - Observation Point.

Be prepared for very steep grades, especially on East Rim Trail and the first section of East Mesa Trail. So, essentially the entire way!
Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: If your kids are up for anything, can handle the heat, and can enjoy a proper hike, this is one to challenge them with. The views at the end are worth it.
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

Best in late spring and fall, the Observation Point route typically has deep snow in the winter that can remain until late spring. During the summer months this hike can get very hot and dry. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen, regardless of time of year.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Starting from the Weeping Rock Trailhead take Weeping Rock Trail heading south, then make a right to join East Rim Trail. From here, East Rim heads straight up a slot in Zion Canyon, directly across from Angel's Landing, so the views are spectacular.

Continue up the canyon, past Hidden Canyon Trail on your right, and all the way to an intersection with East Mesa Trail. All the while ascending some incredibly steep switchbacks with little to no respite from the sun.

Once at the intersection with East Mesa Trail, turn left. 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.

After contouring along this smaller mesa, head left onto Observation Point Trail. The trail works its way out to the edge of the canyon rim and offers absolutely astounding panoramic views of the canyon. You'll have clear views of Angel's Landing to the southwest, while the Great White Throne will be in sight due south.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

The wet riparian communities give way to the pinyon-juniper community, a desert forest full of life. These slow growing evergreens are both cold and drought tolerant, supporting a diversity of wildlife to rival the riparian areas. Juniper trees, being more drought tolerant, dominate the transition zone between the lowland communities and the pinyon-juniper forests.

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Jun 11, 2018
Kelly Annabell
2.4mi
Jun 8, 2018
Jack Gilbert
May 29, 2018
Erin Chakalos
I checked in at Nearly 8 miles 8mi
May 26, 2018
Kate T
May 25, 2018
Shin Yamamoto
6.8mi
May 24, 2018
Alyssa Marcinak
May 23, 2018
Whitney Parsons
Great views! Worth every step, even at the most difficult sections.
May 18, 2018
Eric Kofahl
Claire bitched about her pack again but eventually stopped. She seemed frustrated that I was out performing her. Great hike. 8mi

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  4.8 from 84 votes

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