East Rim Trail to Observation Point is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the main canyon that makes up Zion. It is a stunning view.
Loved this hike. Definitely got my heart pumping. I loved the variety of scenery and the short walk through Echo Canyon was breathtaking.
The map and reviews here are for Big Bend to Observation Point, NOT East Rim to Observation Point, there is a HUGE difference.
Definitely a lot of elevation gain all at once, but an absolutely awesome, varied, beautiful hike. Go early so you don't have afternoon storm clouds threatening you once you're on the top so you can sit and enjoy it.
We LOVED this hike! It was hard but so beautiful! I loved the changes in scenery and the little break in incline through the canyon. I'm so glad we did this hike; it was quiet, peaceful, and less crowded than other hikes in the park. The view at the top is stunning!
Great hike if you like uphill :) First mile plus is a 1000' elevation gain on many switchbacks. Then it flattens out through a slot canyon and then climbing again to the top. Great views of the valley plus some that most people will never see to the east of the valley. Start early since there is a lot of sun on this trail.
My favorite hike to date!
Awesome hike... Did it a few years ago solo after I left a friend at Angel's Landing to rest and spend a few hours taking pictures. Higher up it was a little dangerous with a lot of rubble on the trails. The trail is very narrow in places with drop offs of more than 1,00'. Very interesting look into all the little plateaus that maybe have never been walked on. The day I was there several military planes were flying overhead doing sky trails for at least an hour. Simply added to the enjoyment of the day...
This hike is a hidden gem at Zion National Park. Take plenty of water and plan on this hike taking most of your day if you are in average shape. It is difficult but well worth it.
This is a delayed review from October 10, 2015. I found this hike to be very challenging. Looking back almost a year later I can say this is the hike that inspired me to loose weight and start getting in better shape. We started early in the morning to beat the heat. You will be exposed to full sun for much of this hike. The view from the top is amazing. I hiked with a great group of friends Tom Saxon, Stephanie Saxon, Seth Saxon and Jeff Friend.
Incredible hike! This hike should definitely not be done on a whim (as I did myself after hiking hidden canyon).
Beautiful hike. Beautiful scenery along the way. look down on angels landing and the canyon. Done this one a few times.
Great hike! Be sure to pack plenty of water and a snack for the summit!
It was a BEAUTIFUL hike with unbeatable views of the canyon. Bring plenty of water and start early because most of the hike is exposed and it gets very hot. After you pass through the canyon, there is a tiny trail marker. That is the halfway point on the trail. If you are way tired or if you don't have much water, reevaluate because it's steep but manageable switchbacks in the sun. It's worth the hike and it's manageable, just plan accordingly!
Another perfect hiking day in Zion and another perfect strenuous hike. 8 miles round trip with 2148 ft total elevation gain and with a jaw-dropping and breath-taking view at every corner. And there were lots of corners. We like this Observation Point via East Rim trail much better than yesterday's Angel Landing. Why? Because we don't like hiking neck to neck with a bunch of other people. Angel Trail is so popular that everyone tries to take it. And if you happened to find yourself between slow people in front of you and fast, ambitious and impatient behind you -- it is not nice place to be. It took us 4.5 hours today to finish the 8 mile hike, and we feel much happier and relax than yesterday after a much shorter hike.
This trail should be marked as difficult. While the trail is very well laid out with much of it paved or well maintained it is very very tough. We recorded the total hiking distance for our trip to be a bit less than 9 miles (about 8.7 round trip). We started at 8 am so the way up was mostly in the shade which helped a lot. Start early, bring lots of water (I brought 1.5L and husband 3L and we finished it all) and snacks, and take breaks when needed (we spent 4 hr 45 min total on this hike). We saw a heard of mountain goats in the gully so keep an eye out for wildlife! The view at the top is worth all of the sweat and soreness and very rewarding.
This trail kicked my butt. I went with my sister in law and cousin. At the time, I had had a baby only two months ago, so I was not in great shape. The people I was with however were in great shape.
The hike itself is absolutely beautiful! The slot canyons are stunning. Once you get to the top it is well worth the struggle you just endured. The views can not be beat.
Even though I really really struggled on this hike and almost turned back many times, I'm so glad I made it to the top.
Tough trail but the view from the top is priceless. It was in the low 100's when he hiked this trail. Get an early start, bring plenty of water (we had 2L camelbacks and drank it all), a snack and your camera. Great view on the whole valley, overlooking Angels Landing and Big Bend. Beautiful slot canyon and some steep grades.
This trail is absolutely incredible and was a great way to end my trip at Zion. Brilliantly colored slot canyons, an amazing view at the top, and a great workout. Plus you can brag to your Angels Landing friends that you were hundreds of feet higher than them!