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Zion National Park, located in Southern Utah, is a popular destination in the Southwestern United states with beautiful views and a unique landscape. It was the first national park in Utah and and is best experienced hiking among the high cliffs and through the narrow canyons. The park is home to some very popular hikes and sights - it is truly a hiker's park. On the Narrows you walk for miles up a river with sheer canyon walls on either side of you. The Angels Landing Trail has 21 switchbacks to the top of Angels Landing which boasts a spectacular canyon overlook. The East Rim Trail takes you to Observation Point, the highest point in the park. The Subway Trail is a unique slot canyon trail that traverses through the left fork of North Creek. The Kayenta Trail is a great option for families with canyon views and provides access to other trails in park. The Emerald Pools trail is a paved trail that starts from the Zion Lodge and takes you to Lower Emerald Pool and from there a sandy and rocky trail to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. West Rim Trail is a two night backpacking trail takes you to from the Grotto trailhead to Lava Point and offers spectacular views of the park. You can also rent bikes and ride the Pa’rus trail within the park to observe the main canyon of the park in a short amount of time. The lesser known area of Kolob Canyon, located on Kolob Terrace Road, contains trails such as the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail and the Kolob Arch Trail. Many people access the Kolob Canyon area from the scenic drive located off I-15 exit #40. Many of the zion hikes require permits, which you can pick up from the visitor center prior to heading out on your hike. Aside in addition to the excellent hiking trails, this geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of diverse ecosystems. Route 9, which traverses the park from east to west, is open year-round to private vehicles. This area is prone to flash floods so be prepared for hazardous driving conditions during and immediately following storms. Icy spots remain through the winter.

Great hike up. It challenged the kids a little and the payoff of views at the end were wonderful.

What a great trail. The kids loved the hike up and the views were great. This trail is worth it.

Hiked on July 7th. We started in the heat of the day, which is not recommended for obvious reasons. Took 3 liters of water each, and two of us ran out about 1/2 way down. The trek to the very top can be a butt-kicker of a hike if you're not at least in decent shape. My 19 y.o., who hasn't done any such activities in quite a while, gave everything he had to make it to the top. Do NOT do this! If it takes everything you have to get to the top, then the way down will be very painful, scary, and slow. As for the crowds... we knew to expect it from previous reviews, and I actually enjoyed the camaraderie of the fellow hikers as we figured out how/where to let one another pass. If you're in Zion, I think this is a must. Just start early, and hydrate as much as you can prior to (there is a toilet about 2/3 the way up, so you'll be okay to flood yourself prior).

If you aren't used to scrambling or heights, this hike will have an added fear factor. When I would go hiking at home, we would usually separate from the trail and free climb around the rocks, so I scarcely needed the chains provided past Scout's Lookout. However, the scariest part was trying to navigate around so many other people going the opposite direction on such a narrow trail. The views are great and it's a pretty good workout when you can keep your own pace.

The Riverside is an easy trail. At the end of the Riverside trail, one can begin to hike the narrows by simply following the river. We hiked the river about 2.5 miles passed the fork where we first chose to go right (Orderville Canyon) where the water is warmer, then tracked back to the fork and briefly peeked at what the left fork offered before heading back to the Riverside trail. Fantastic hike, and my 5 y/o thoroughly enjoyed the entire 5+ miles of hiking in the river.

The first time we attempted to hike the narrows, our hike was cut short due to rain (hazardous due to possible flash flood). So we returned 6 years later to continue what we had started. So worth it, and we can't wait to do it again!

Didn't rent shoes, but we did bring walking sticks, which are really, really helpful. We hiked in July and the water is cool, but not too cold. I had no issues hiking in my Keen sandals until we enter Orderville Canyon, where tiny pebbles got stuck in my sandals a few times.

Fun outing with the kids. Didn’t enter the narrows due to flood probability. Would love to come back with better conditions and let the kids play in the river.

Due to flood damage we were only able to hike the lower emerald pool. Not a bad hike but nothing overly special either. I’m sure it would have been a much better hike if we had access to the middle and upper pools.

Just want to clarify some directions because we got a little confused finding this. Turn left as if you are going to Zion Ponderosa Ranch, turn left on Twin Knolls Road, and where the check in is, you keep going straight. There's a sign there that says Trailheads. After that, you will get to a dirt road and see signs that guide you to Observation Point. If you get to a dirt road before seeing a sign for Trailheads, you missed the turn.
Prepare yourself if you are going in the summer heat! There is not a lot of coverage, bring sunscreen and at least 3 liters of water per person. We passed a handful of people who had run out and they didn't even make it to the end yet. I would suggest taking this trail as early as possible to avoid the heat. There is no water and no bathrooms.
As far as the trail, it was easy across the Mesa, then downhill for about a mile to Observation Point. The only hard part was going back up on the return. Overall, it was a pretty boring hike for kids, made it feel like forever. I think I might prefer the strenuous route just for the change of scenery. Also, this was a total of 7.2 miles, not 6.7 (or 6 on some other sites). There are nearby cliffs but you can't see them because they are blocked by brush and trees. Once you get to Observation Point, it's really beautiful. Overlooks Zion and you can see Angel's Landing, which was pretty cool.

Beautiful and full of unexpected sights. Well worth the climb to the overlook.

Great hike, but start early to beat crowds. Even then, on the way back, you'll hit traffic. We did it ,April 20th and traffic was high on the trail, somewhat expected for a beautiful Sunday. It was a bucket list knockoff and felt good enough for hike to narrows after and bike back to the rental. At age 62, mind you

One of the most iconic hikes in the US, and for good reason. Just wow. Huge crowds can be a bummer, but it's hard to blame people for wanting to experience it. If you're scared of heights, you can stop at the "first landing" where Walter's Wiggles spits out - one of our group did that. That said, there are chains for all the harrowing drops and the heights are totally worth the view at the end.

Beware the chipmunks! Had someone tell me she found one in her bag halfway down the trail - some of them can work zippers!

Amazing trail! Don't let the scary stories and pictures hold you back, I thought it was way less scary than expected. The view at the top is to die for ;-)

This hike wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I really enjoyed the hike. I was actually dreading this but it wasn’t bad. Great hike recommend to all!

I did this hike back in April. Best experience I’ve ever had. That was my favorite hike in Zion and over all, I’ve done a lot but that was the best. It was long and strenuous but, if you put your mind to it you can definitely do it. Loved this hike!

Prettty hike and worth the visit.

I’ve done multiple hikes and scrambles where I live and I don’t consider this a hard hike at all. I could see it being hard for those scared of heights or elderly or those with medical conditions. Be aware of edges with kids as people continue to fall off for not paying attention but you really have to walk to the edge where people have fallen not even on the chain portion. There is no shade you start with switch backs after a long path up then it flattens to a part where most people seem to stop and head back down as this is where the chain starts. The chain portion is really not scary at all and if you’re scared don’t go up as it holds everyone up. There is literal steps built into the rock in some portions. After the chains is quite a gorgeous view of all of Zion. Take lots of water and go early as it gets hot quick. It’s a relatively short hike depending on how fast you’re going.

Tried to run this one-way on July 16. A sign at the west rim trailhead indicated the trail is closed from Cabin Springs down to the Grotto due to a rockslide. The NPS website says nothing about the closure, but I decided that it would suck to run 9 miles down to Cabin Springs, find the trail to indeed be closed, and then run back uphill another 9 miles, particularly since I had only enough water for about 14 easy miles. I ended up just going 7 miles out on the trail and then back to the trailhead. Very nice trail, and was soft after some thundershowers the day or two before. Spectacular views, particularly if you start at dawn. By 9 or 10 am, the sun is high and the colors get washed out. Heat wasn't too much of an issue (I finished at 9:30 am). I'm not sure whether the springs were working -- I carried on me all the water I needed.

I didn’t actually hike this, but for all of you planning trips out here, the TRAIL IS CLOSED until further notice due to a landslide that happened July 11th, 2018. Call the park prior to your trip if you’re hoping to do this hike!

The views were breathtaking, and it’s definitely something to be proud to accomplish. However if you’re not a regular hiker, especially in the summer months, take extra precaution. The last stretch which is the part where you use the ropes to help you up the side of the mountain is almost all direct sunlight, and can take a toll on your body. Bring lots of water and salty snacks, and enjoy the view!

Nothing new to say, but had to say it - WOW

It’s a great hike but extremely heavily trafficked with people that don’t know hiking etiquette. Get there early before the tourists get there with there beer and boom boxes. In the early morning you will have the trail to yourself. Plus you won’t have to worry about the heat. There is very little shade and everyone buds for it. But the view are amazing

Backpacked from Kolob Arch side down to the camping spots (a mile from Kolob Arch) then backpacked back up the same direction. There’s running water for filtering. It was so pretty. My first backpacking trip.

on Canyon Overlook Trail

4 days ago

This trail should not be rated easy!! Easy = I can take grandma on a short hike and she will be fine. Easy = I can hike this in sandals.

Nope! You need proper hiking footwear and anyone with balance or mobility issues of any kind should not be on this trail. This trail has steep sections (especially in the beginning) minor rock scrambles, and some exposed areas with steep drop offs without railings! There is one area in particular that was really sketchy - it’s very narrow, slick rock, and still wet due to recent monsoon rainstorms - no railings when it should really have them. One slip and it’s over....

Any fear of heights, don’t do this! The overlook is nice but there are better hikes in the park so don’t be disappointed if you can’t find parking.

awesome it took me four hours but it is amazing

awesome it took me four hours but it is amazing

Top top top! Dis it in 4 hours starting at the sunrise last October, it was absolutely fantastic!

hiking
4 days ago

Nice path leading to the Narrows. We hiked in the water about 2 miles and then turned back.

My wife and I did this as a sunrise hike. Since we were staying in Springdale we got in the car at 3:30 a.m. and made the ~50 min. drive to the trailhead. We headed out on the trail at 4:45 with headlamps. Even at that hour, sunlight was beginning to crest the eastern horizon. An easy nearly 3 mile hike before descending off the Mesa towards Observstion Point. We arrived at the point just in time for "magic" hour. We stayed for about a half hour taking in the glorious sunrise views of Zion value, snapping pics and videos. What really made our experience amazing was that we were the only ones out there with the weather was near perfect at 60-65 degrees F. And all during the height of the summer season in July. The hike back was also great because it was like a new hike being in the daylight this time. Highly highly recommend!

hiking
5 days ago

There has been a report for “probable chance of flooding” in Zion this week, but rangers were still issuing permits for this hike. Just be sure to start early and use GPS and/or cairns for direction! Very easy to get lost off the trail if you’re not careful. Otherwise, amazing experience at the “Subway” area. Make sure to swim to the last waterfall!

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