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Nice little walk with a decent view, but not much of a hike.

Closed at the trailhead due to rockfall as of 1/19/2019.

1/11/19 heavy ice on beginning of trailhead. do not attempt without crampons.

1/10/19 quick and easy. slight presence of ice near the waterfall.

1/10/17 great scenary for sunset. quick and easy. parking can be limited. would recommend due to ice on other trails at Zion.

GREAT hike! Definitely need cramp-ons to do this safely right now. Absolutely stunning views, and not heavily trafficked at all. 10/10 would recommend.

Great views, no ice or snow! Short and family friendly!

Steep, but not too difficult. I did not like how exposed the last mile was on the sheer cliff face, but I am afraid of steep cliffs.

A lot better than Angels Landing, because this is less crowded.

Absolutely great views, I would do it again.

The lower emerald pool was beautiful. Easy stroll and gorgeous even in the winter. The path to the middle and upper pools is closed indefinitely due to a rock slide.

Did this early October and really enjoyed it. On my first try I had to return about 15min before I reach the top because it began to rain and a storm was rolling in. But I did it again 2 days later on a perfect sunny day. The view is just spectacular and I stayed for about 1 hour and enjoyed the scenery. Although it was strenuous, going up and down took me a little less than 4 hours. I recommend to start early, so you have some time for yourself at the top before more and more people are coming.

This hike is a difficult and long hike, but is a great hike with incredible scenery. You need to be in pretty good shape to do this hike though. Don't underestimate it. We actually took the easier way when we hiked it. We took a private shuttle in town to the East Mesa trail, and then hiked the East Mesa Trail to Observation Point. Hiking East Mesa Trail eliminates the long and grueling hike from the bottom of the canyon up to Observation Point. The East Mesa Trail starts up on top of the mountain and is a flat three mile trail to Observation Point. When taking the private shuttle, you are able to leave your car by the visitors center. You can hike Observation Point back down into the canyon, and then take the free park shuttle back to your car. We took the private shuttle with Zion Rock and Guide. Cost was about $40 per person, but was worth it for our group of 50 year olds. There are a couple of other companies that do private shuttle services. The view from Observation Point is spectacular and is the best view in the entire park. Do the hike anyway possible, but I'd definitely take the private shuttle route to get there. The hike from the bottom of the canyon goes through a bunch of switch backs, then through a really neat section of Echo canyon, and then some more tough switch backs. Even if you can't go all the way to the top, it would still be worthwhile hiking to the Echo canyon section. That is a neat area to see even if you don't go all of the way to the top. The upper section of switch backs do go along the cliffside with straight drop offs. If you have a fear of heights, this section may be a bit nerve racking for you. But the path is pretty wide to walk on. Happy trails.

Hiked this in early September of 2017. So amazing!! We decided to hike it in the afternoon heat to enjoy the cool water. Bring trekking poles and comfortable shoes for stability as it’s really rocky and hard to see where you’re stepping in the water. Take lots of pictures! We hiked in quick dry shorts and T-shirts and quick dry hiking boots. The boots helped for stability and water drain with each step.

This was a hard trail, as both my husband and I are kind of out of shape. However, with a lot of breaks and a lot of layers (it was winter and cold) we did fine. Make sure to bring food and water, otherwise you'll be in for a painful day. The view was beautiful and made for great pictures.

Fantastic hike with great variety and stunning views. There are some icy sections of the trail but manageable. Took about five hours. Moderate traffic on the day after New Year’s Day.

Unbelievable view when you get to the top. Main parking lot is hopeless, try going a bit ahead of tunnel to grab a roadside spot. The rocks may get slippery after rain/ snow. Very easy hike leading to an amazing end!

Did this trail January 1. Spectacular breathtaking views of Zion National Park. Well worth the effort. Definitely recommend having micro spikes on had for portions of the trail that are covered with ice and snow, dress warm it’s cold in the Canyons.

Wonderful views at every turn! The climb was unsurprisingly strenuous. Water and good shoes are highly recommended! We saw several people attempting the journey without water and sporting some business shoes, but they did not seem to be enjoying the hike so much. Mid December was the perfect time to go due to the lack of crowds and we were able to spend some extra time enjoying the uninterrupted view at the top! This gorgeous hike is well worth the tired legs!

Lower trail was an easy, paved trail with manageable elevation change for most. The middle and upper sections become more difficult and required a little more effort. All trails were clearly marked although some portions were washed out and non-existent. We managed and were able to have a lot of fun even during the cold weather in late December.

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scramble
24 days ago

I love trails like this... we were the only ones on it (both times)! We did it twice because the first time we couldn’t make it to end because of the water. You don’t really follow a trail but there’s pretty much only one way to go. There’s some rock scrambling, but relatively easy. There’s one spot where you use a washed up tree to help scale a wall that’s angled too high to climb. Toward the end you reach a very short slot canyon, which had calve deep water. The canyon then open up again to an area with a bunch of rock shelves you can climb.

on The Watchman Trail

hiking
24 days ago

This trail is short and relatively easy, with some impressive views at the top. Not too heavily trafficked, and it leaves from the Visitor Center so you don't have to worry about waiting for a shuttle.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice and short trail, with spectacular views at the end. There are a couple dropoffs on the side of the trail, so be careful with your footing in a few places. There are 10 parking spots right at the end of the tunnel (if you're coming from the park), with some overflow parking further up the road. I'd recommend getting here early - we ran into a bit of a traffic jam when we were descending through some of the more narrow passageways.

24 days ago

Breathtaking scenery and views! An excellent choice for a beginners hike, short and easy. Quite crowded on a cold December day but fun :)

Stunning views!!! Long climb, but at a constant comfortable incline. Definitely take traction devices, there is ice most of the way up (December). Some people didn’t take any, and most looked worried most of the time.

hiking
25 days ago

Not too much to say about this one, other than that it is such a short and easily accessible hike that everyone should find a chance to do it while in Zion. The views are absolutely amazing! We found this one on a whim scrolling through All Trails, but I would have been super bummed to miss it now that I know how great it is. Pretty easy hike - did it with my five year old, and it was his second hike of the day. I would recommend the loop at the end. The views didn’t change too much, but the crowds gathered around at the main lookout point were much more dispersed on the loop.

Beautiful trail, not too crowded today. We did Angels Landing in the morning and this in the afternoon. It had amazing views and was the perfect way to end our day in Zion.

Did this in late December and we were lucky with the weather. It was lightly snowing when we started out and there was a light dusting on the ground, but no wind. About halfway through our climb up, the sun came out. We dressed in layers and hiking boots but no tractions (though def looks like it makes things easier for those who had them). I had poles, but my husband didn’t, and we made it and loved it.

Very nice hike, not too crowded! 4 hours with a lunch break! Should bring tractions. Enjoy!

Great trail with beautiful views including a minor waterfall.

amazing views and doable in December!

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