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We did this in place of Angel's Landing as that trail is currently closed. We are active fit-ish 30-somethings and it took us 1.5 hours to ascend and surprisingly, 1.5 hours to descend because of the volume of hikers coming up at around 11am. I'm not sure how this is labeled as a moderate trail as this was fairly difficult due to the constant incline. The trail is not technical and like others have said, leave early so you take advantage of the canyon's shadows on the way up.

we thought this was the best of the shorter moderate trails. lots to see all the way. it's a popular home so go in early morning since many parts of the trail are too narrow for two way traffic. views along top third of the trail were spectacular!

short steep shaded walk along a paved trail to the viewing platform which is cut into the cliff where water rains down from above. special but not a must do.

Did this 9/18. Took 3 of us 1:15 to get up and about an hour down. The switchbacks to start are a butt kicker, a nice break in the middle followed by another tough section finishing with a 3/4 mile or so rim trail with amazing views. We started at 7:30 and trail was not busy. Had a nice time at top for 45 minutes before heading down. There were A LOT of people heading up on our way down (as in several hundred). Trail is mostly smooth so the difficulty is purely the steepness of the trail. It is work with a lot of sun exposure on upper half. Great views on top and many good views along the way.

My favorite hike on a recent trip to Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim. Was on the 3rd bus and not too much of a crowd. Encountered a handful of people on their way down during the 2nd half of the hike. First 1.25 is a fairly steep climb on pavement. Trail levels off for most of the next 1/2 mile before climbing again. Most of trail on rock/concrete. Mid section and end with stretches of sand. Gets pretty narrow in spots but felt comfortable running down portions of the trail. Gets pretty narrow in some spots but nothing needing hand rails like Angels Landing has. On the way down the first half of the hike was the in the sun and second half was in the shade. On September 16th it was pretty warm in the sun so felt for those who got a later start. View from the top is absolutely worth work to get there.

this is my favorite hike in Zion. Even better than Angel' s Landing. The views are breathtaking and the hike itself is beautiful!

AMAZING! If you don’t like crowds then just get there early, first shuttle leaves at 6am (headlamp recommended). We had a great hike up and only a few people at top. The views are breathtaking. Trekking poles recommended for rocks and steep grade. Made it up in 2 and down in 1.7 hours!

Would be a 5-star trail if it wasn’t so overcrowded. Once up top you have to wait 5-10 minutes just to catch a glimpse of the canyon because of all the glamour and selfie photography. Really is breathtaking though. The hike up is long and hard . Don’t underestimate the hike down as it’s steep and never seems to stop!

hiking
5 days ago

Totally worth the extra leg work to get there. (Meaning permit and drive). Being a solo I lucked out and walked up to the Wilderness desk and got a permit for following day. I’ve got good luck!

The trail was what I’d consider moderate and only so bc of the trail navigation skills required. I found it to be beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to feel special connection with so few people out there.

The potholes were Fantastic! The morning was perfect weather and by noon when I finished- the sun hit the incline part of the trail. That’s was great motivation to finish that last mile quickly.

This hike is awesome but IMO it’s not moderate it’s actually about 4.2 miles one way and your almost doing 3,000 feet of elevation gain. It’s strange this is rated moderate when angles landing is rated hard. The only thing I can think of is that’s due to Angles Landing’s chain section that is not really for kids or people afraid of cliffs. Anyway the view up top is amazing and if your going for sunset watch the time so you don’t miss the last bus (10pm) and of course bring a headlight as I had to guide another group down as they had no light.

This is a rough hike, but absolutely worth it. Make sure you're there as early as possible, and bring lots of water. the switchbacks are harsh climbing, so trekking poles are a good idea. The views from the top are unbeatable, however. It will take you a good 5 hours or so, 6 if you take it slow and easy.

Beautiful reward but the hike is hard. It took us about 5 hours round trip. The first switchbacks are easier than the second which are very steep. The last half mile is flat, but it’s all sand so still not the easiest.

Got to the parking lot before sunrise and we were the third car there. On return the lot was full. Get there early. Great hike with wonderful rock formations along the trail and super views at the end. Starts a little steep but flattens quickly. We got to the view point just as the canyon was beginning to glow with the sunrise. There is some exposure but with a little precaution you should be fine

A long steep trek up the canyon wall, but the views get better at every turn. There is a slight respite while going through Echo Canyon. The walls close in around you and the sandstone formations are beautiful. After Echo Canyon it’s back to the climb and increased exposure but nothing too bad. A short walk along the plateau and you arrive at the best views of Zion Canyon as you look down on Angels Landing. The long descent can be tough on the legs but worth the effort

The best hike at Zion! Start early and bring water. 90% of the trail is switchbacks. Took around 4-5hrs (hiking time), but who is counting, just get to the top. Worth every step!

Best hike in Zion!!

on Canyon Overlook Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Go early before 8am or after 5pm if you want to be more alone. Gorgeous views. Easy short hike.

Difficult with lots of climbs and switchbacks, pretty long trail. But the scenery is beautiful along the way, and observation point is beautiful!

hiking
9 days ago

This trail was unforgettable and hands-down the best hike of my trip to Zion. We started the hike around 7:20 AM and finished around 2:00 PM. We had the trail to ourselves the majority of the time.

The slot canyons are absolutely breathtaking and worth the trek. The only strenuous portions of the trail are the descent and ascent to the river. Otherwise it’s quite a pleasant and easy trail. The terrain is mostly sand, so it’s similar to walking on a beach in hiking shoes.

Recommendations:
- Start early in the day because the climb in and out of the canyon is quite steep and strenuous; you won’t want to do that in full sun.
- Pay attention for snakes, spiders, and poison ivy on the social trails out of the river.
- The water in the slot canyons is COLD, so brace yourself.
- Bring some sandwiches to enjoy once you’re out of the subway. There’s a nice flat rock to sit on and relax. You’ll be surrounded by a waterfall and butterflies.

solid hike that will get the blood pumping on the way up and the reward at the top is worth the work. lots of people and the trail is mostly sand or sand covered rock, not particularly enjoyable on a steep incline/decline.

Loved this amazing hike truly beautiful and amazing views all around. Take water and snacks. Start your hike as early as possible and enjoy.

Incredible views! Top elevation 6,508. Trail mostly concrete switch backs. Heavy traffic on trail start early. Trams start at 6:00am, or have someone drop you off at Weeping Rock.
Bring flashlights/headlamps sunrise 7:00am in September.
Zion Park a must on life’s journey.

Once in a lifetime experience; however, I'm returning for another viewing of this sensational place.

A quick and easy hike on the drive in from Bryce. Great view from the overlook at the end.
https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/06/16/canyon-overlook-zion-national-park/

Gorgeous easy hike, did this one just before sunrise, and hiking up in the dark then back down once it was light was like doing two different trails. Pretty and really nice!

Lots of shade nice trail with a beautiful ending.

Ok hike. Stream at the bottom was nice.

not a single boring step, constant development of views and scenery. rated as moderate, however if you start early I would argue it was more on the easy side as the sun and heat is really what gets you. I saw every age from 4-75 on the trail and all weight classes too :-) it was great!!

amazing hike. very well marked. have to just follow the paved trail. must see.
i started at 2 pm since I reached later in zion on labor day weekend. carried lots of water. view was worth all the efforts.
there is no water fountain at start of this trailhead. Also if you want to have something to eat do stop at visitor stop before this trail start.

Trail Description:
- This hike is mostly switchbacks and pretty steep.
- The first half is mostly shaded, while the last 2 miles or so have little to no shade.
- START EARLY! I did this over Labor Day weekend 2018, and by about 10am it was already 90 degrees.
- Angels Landing is curently closed, which will cause more crowds at other popular trails like this one. Another reason to start early.
- I am in average shape and it took me about 4 hours. However, I started early, so it will likely take longer if you start later when it's hotter.

Pros:
- Excellent views the whole way
- Overlooks Angels Landing
- Less crowded than Angels Landing (when it is open)

Cons:
- Parts of the trail are very narrow, which makes it difficult to pass hikers coming the opposite way or slower hikers in front of you.
- Gets crowded quickly. Another reason to start as early as you can. The later it gets, the more difficult it is to snag a pictures with no other people in it.
- Little shade for half the trail and at the top.

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