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We hiked from the Grotto trailhead up past Scout Lookout, turning around just before the trail veered away from the main canyon. Most everyone is familiar with the incredible views on the way up to Angels Landing. But it is amazing how few people head even a short distance past the Lookout. The views of the upper portion of the canyon, and of Angels Landing itself, are tremendous. The trail deserves five stars for just the short portion that we tackled. I can't fathom how amazing it must be to complete the entire 13 miles. I definitely envision a shuttle to Lava Point and a return hike being a top priority for the next visit, whenever that might be!
A short, easy and level trail along the valley floor between the Lodge and the Grotto picnic area. It passes through a pretty wooded meadow. It is great for spotting wildlife. You can take the trail to connect to the West Rim/Angels Landing Trails or the Kayenta Trail for a nice loop to the Emerald Pools.
This is a short trail along the west wall of the main canyon that connects the West Rim Trail and Grotto picnic area with the Emerald Pools Trail. It remains relatively level for much of its length. There are some wonderful views from above the Virgin River, looking to the southern end of the canyon. It is best when combined with some of the other surrounding trails.
A very popular hike to three pretty pools in a lush side canyon not far from the Lodge. Benefiting from a late arrival on our first day, we managed to squeeze in the full hike just before sunset. It was a beautiful time to experience it. It's an easy walk to the Lower Pool. It is a short but more moderate hike on the way up to the final two pools. I really enjoyed exploring the middle section (right above the two waterfalls spilling into the Lower Pool). The view of the late day light hitting the massive walls on the opposite side of the main canyon was very memorable. We also had a lot of fun climbing numerous rocks/boulders by the Upper Pool, surrounded by the 300 foot cliffs. Due to the late hour, we made it back to the Lodge by retracing our path. However, you can add some distance and create a very nice loop by adding the Kayenta and Grotto Trails on the return.
A short, easy, and very popular hike to the first of three beautiful pools. We arrived late in the afternoon at the beginning of our first trip to Zion and managed to squeeze in all three pools just before sunset. This was a nice introduction to the park. And it made for a comfortable hike on what had been a warm day in the canyon. It also helped to thin out the crowds. There was still some water descending from the middle section into the Lower Pool. It was neat passing behind the two waterfalls before beginning to make our way up to the next level.
I love this drive and the trails that it leads to. When I can drive a car because it outside the busy season it's hard to keep my eyes on the road even though I been there many times. Love hiking the many trails that have trailheads along this road.
This trail is sometimes overlooked, but you likely will not be disappointed if you have time to fit it in. It is a paved walk from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction. There is little shade, and it can get very hot in the lower portion of the main canyon. However, there are several places where it is easy to access the scenic and rocky Virgin River...and cool off if desired. The views of the many named peaks are spectacular. There is also a short spur trail that takes you to the Zion Human History Museum.
Another Zion bucket list hike. The easy walk from the final shuttle stop at the Temple of Sinawava along the paved Riverside Trail is terrific. Go slow and explore several of the river access points. I have some wonderful memories (and pictures) here, taking in the amazing beauty of the rushing Virgin River alongside the sheer canyon walls. By the time you reach the Narrows, the canyon is right on top of you on both sides. During my two trips to Zion, I have not yet been able hike very far up in the river. This will definitely be a priority if I am able to get back a third time!
From the Groto parking area this
moderate hike gives views of the canyon while overlooking the Virgin River. I did this in early January and the waterfall above the upper Emerald pool had a wonderful flow forming an ice cone where it landed. I would do this one again.
There are four main stages to the hike: up the face from the parking lot, through the river canyon, up the side to the summit, and across the summit to the observation point. The first part has a good view of Zion valley but is tiring, and the third part is also tiring without a similarly good view. However, the river canyon part is lots of fun, and the observation point itself has a fantastic view. If you are okay with lots of elevation gain for a few sections of awesomeness, then this trail is for you!