My wife, three teenage boys and myself tackled this hike on our second day in Utah. We are from Western Michigan, which couldn't be closer to sea level. The first mile or so was difficult as we had not acclimated to the elevation. After catching our breath the remainder of the hike was absolutely amazing. We hiked this trail in the middle if July. Bring plenty of water and energy snacks to fuel your trip. You will not be disappointed when you reach the top. It is breathtaking.

mountain biking
no shade
private property
7 days ago

Let’s just be straight up honest here, if you can fly then sure it’s 8.9 miles however I did the hike (top down) it’s a solid 11+ miles. However if you can’t climb Over boulders all day and have to keep crossing the stream. Well then you’ll clock about 16 miles like I did.. prepare for over 12 miles and you MUST bring a water filter.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome little hike/climb if you have an hour to kill. I will say there were some parts that were slightly unnerving, but I think that is probably because I didn't take the best line up, as I think with the correct line you would feel safe the entire time. The descent actually wasn't bad -- if it gets sketchy just crap walk or slide to increase friction

Better than the Angels Landing Trail

Did this hike in 2015 and it was amazing then and I’m sure still amazing now. Looking to go back to Zion as soon as this quarantine is over. Bring lots of water, a shady hat, sunscreen, snacks and a binocular because the views on the top were breathtaking! Trail is easy to follow but is definitely a trek up. Less crowded than the infamous Angels landing trail (which is still on my bucket list) but read that the views were better and it did not disappoint. Be safe.

My wife doesn’t like heights so after doing the Canyon Overlook Trail, which we barely survived together, I was given the all-clear to do Observation Point via Hidden Canyon and East Rim as an Up and Down trail run on my own and which I completed in 1:30 of run-time. The switchbacks at the beginning of the trail were the hardest part, and as the valley floor shrunk away, I found myself sucking in air and sweating by the end of them, really wondering if I could complete the challenge. But they came to an end at last, and after turning into a pleasant slot canyon, bathed in orange in the late day sun, I hit my second wind, coursing through the canyon spaces on the deserted trail (guess everyone was at Angel’s Landing?). The next section was epic: cutting up and back along a soaring white mountain, with the trail often edging a precipitous drop to the valley below. I felt like I was running on the border between two worlds: one of air, represented by the blue sky and the gulf of space, and one of rock, solid and immovable. Eventually the abyss was left behind, and the trail flattened out into a surprisingly smooth sloped grassy area—this was the last stage before Observation Point I found out later, but I tore through it so quickly I failed to notice the land falling away on either side until there I was, at Observation Point, with the whole valley extending below in toe-tingling glory! Here I stopped to give what could only be described as an Aerial Benediction—a giving of thanks to whatever force dreamt up and created Zion (even if it was raw nature), to my living legs and lungs, which had carried me thus far, to the very air and rock which surrounded. After watching the sun set the valley ablaze in its dying light, and after catching my breath with the very few other people (hikers and back country campers) up at the top, I turned around for the descent in the purple twilight. If going up was physically hard but spiritually uplifting, going down was easier in terms of endurance but more treacherous overall—I had to take extra care with foot placement, and more than a few times slid on rocks that were less secure than they seemed. When I got down to the valley it was dark and I was exhausted but I will remember those twists and turns and vistas my entire life. For experienced trail runners attempting the up and down, I recommend: bringing a small backpack with water and a granola bar or two, bringing a headlamp (if your descent will be after sundown), and wearing dedicated trail shoes with grippy studs (I wore Brooks Pure Grits). Also you should look at a map before attempting because there is a branch off after the slot canyon that’ll take you far into the outer reaches of the park if you accidentally take it.

I really love this trail - I know Angels Landing is more in vogue but this one has so many spectacular sections that deliver on amazing Zion views. Slot canyon sections, beautiful views and peaceful red stone. The view from the top is worth it!!!

Great views up top! Lots of incline. I prefer this hike over Angels Landing. Less people and better views.

Water was freezing. You'll definitely want a wet suit for October. You'll be wading in and out of the water basically the entire subway portion. The last deep pool is after the big repel at the end. I was disappointed in how short the slot canyon portion of the trail and the hike after you leave the subway seemed to take forever.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Awesome hike/climb. Spectacular views and scenery. With boots with good soles I was able to walk up, very steep walk up, to within 100 yards of the peak. The last part required some climbing, some class 4 due to exposure. On the way down I dropped off the back side of the top, circled around to the route, removed 90 of the climbing part.

Mystery is good but a little overrated imho. It's only good at the very end right before it's over.

fee
flooded
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Good route....the boulder field down the mountain can be tedious. Need ropes and wetsuit if you get cold.

rock climbing
flooded
muddy
off trail
scramble
5 months ago

Amazing technical route. Sadly it's getting overcrowded in there. Bottleneck at the last rappel is common. The scramble out can be tedious.

Challenging but very rewarding views at the end!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

11-1-2019 Awesome canyoneering! Definitely have to have rope skills and experience. The Cathedral had a pool about 5ft deep but if you went through the key hole to the right side you could avoid the pool and swim. The last drop there is another anchor to the far left which also allows you to miss the knee deep pool at the bottom. Obviously if it’s been rainy or snow melt these conditions would change. Overall awesome experience!

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