Cable Mountain Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Cable Mountain Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked 10/6. Pretty easy hike, nothing challenging. Accidentally got on the East Rim Trail at the fork for a half mile, so be sure to not do that. The sign at the fork is kind of hard to see. What I really liked about this hike was the lack of crowds. We hiked Angels Landing the day before and it was very annoying dealing with the crowds. We saw a grand total of like seven other people at the view point at the end of the hike. The views from Cable Mountain are incredible. You can see Observation Point and Angels Landing from the top. A nice couple recommended we try Observation Point, which we ended up doing right after this and it was probably our favorite hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Great day hike. Excellent payoff view at the end. Very windy at the end so be careful and mindful if your belongings (we lost a folding chair over the edge). Great alternative to Observation Point...with equally stunning views of Angel's Landing.

hiking
25 days ago

Definitely worth it. So many different ecosystems & picturesque landscape. Looking out at Angels Landing below (!) at the end was breathtaking.

We completed both the Cable Mountain and Deertrap Mountain trails and both were amazing! Cable Mountain looks across at Observation Point and overlooks the Organ and Angels Landing. We had a perfect day, starting right at sunrise and setting a decent pace. We then returned to the fork and tackled Deertrap Mountain. The views of the middle valley were stunning. As we walked along the rim of Zion the grandeur of the East and West Temples, as well as the Mountain of the Sun, and the valleys of Emerald Springs and the Court of the Patriarchs. I believe this is the most amazing hike in all of Zion. We met several groups along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Very moderate trail with lots of wildflowers if you slow down to notice. Enjoyable hike with sensational views!

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Would not recommend this hike mid-day as there is minimal shade. Overall the hike was uneventful until the very end, but the view was spectacular! There were very few people on the trail compared to others at Zion.

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Mostly uneventful hike with spectacular views at the very end. Lots of annoying flies about halfway through until the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. The trail is in good shape. Only saw 3 people. At the trail end, you walk out of the trees to an amazing view. Your 20 yards from the cliff edge. Spectacular views of the valley floor, Angels Landing, Observation Point and The Organ.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was exactly the Zion experience we were looking for. We stayed at an amazing Airbnb near the trailhead. Trail was easy to follow and offered ponderosa pine forest, wild flowers, streams with small waterfalls, moderate elevation changes, and plenty of views to whet your appetite for the spectacular vistas once you reach the end of the trail. Only saw a few small groups hiking and had the trail to ourselves for almost the entire hike.

hiking
5 months ago

A very uneventful trail without any views until the end. The final view is stunning right on the cliff edge, but the long and boring hike dimmed the excitement especially since there are many more breathtaking hikes and easily accessible viewpoints throughout the park.

5 months ago

Outstanding views and a absolutely perfect time in every way!! She Said Yes!!!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Phenomenal trail with unbelievable views! She Said Yes!!!!!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Views at the end are amazing. Almost no people on the trail. Hike to the view point was peaceful, but nothing out of the ordinary.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy to follow trail. A lot of exposure at the cable works. The official trailhead parking requires high ground clearance. There are a half dozen spaces prior to the trailhead that are passenger car acceptable.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked in the afternoon to just past the spring and set up camp on a hill hidden from the trail. Then took a day pack to cable mountain - really stunning overlook of Zion - absolutely worth the walk. Then back to camp and hiked out in the morning. Great hike - highly recommend. Nice temps in early May - where it was already kind of hot down in the Canyon.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail as described actually has you start outside the park at a backcountry starting point. It is near private property and isn’t well labeled. If you start the trail via the east entrance on the east rim trail than it is 17.5 miles. The trail via Weeping Rock is supposed to be more scenic and challenging but that route was closed in April. This trail I would say is more moderate. It offers a good view at the top but not a lot to see along the way

hiking
7 months ago

We went the back way. I’d recommend doing this hike a little closer to summer as we were on snow most of the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail is moderate. Not much for views until the end at which makes up for the so so views on the way there. Best views at the end , keep going. Did this trail in late March, snow packed the whole way. Had the viewpoint to ourselves. You will get wet feet if you attempt this trail anytime close to this post. Best view in the park!

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is out of the main canyon and has excellent views. Combined with Deertrap it makes for an incredible day of hiking. There aren't many trail markers in Zion wilderness so be sure to download and have a paper map for backup and make note that stave spring is off east rim trail but sometimes it isn't flowing. Check at the park ranger station beforehand!

Sat Oct 20 2018

Such amazing views

hiking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Great trail and an easy hike. It’s well marked and had little traffic while we were out. The overall hike is closer to 7 miles from the Staves Spring trailhead parking. The view at the end is totally worth it! Definitely recommend!

Sun Oct 07 2018

love the history

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

Checked this trail out over Labor Day weekend and ran into a lot of hikers as I guess you would on a three day weekend. The was very well marked and maintained which made for an easy stroll with the weather in the mid 80’s. As I often do, I kept a close eye out for signs of previous inhabitants and found 2 locations of camps that dated back to the late 1800’s. You will need to have a good eye to find these as most of the obvious signs are gone. The trail climaxes at the end with the cable works used for transporting timber to the floor below which is now the Zion canyon. The Stave Spring was literally dripping so make sure to carry on your own water.

hiking
Sat Sep 01 2018

This trail is great for hiking without crowds; however, the end it’s not well marked. We hiked about 2 miles in from the fork and never found the cable house. Make sure you find the coordinates to the house before starting the hike

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

Fantastic hike! Easy and relatively short. We stayed at Ponderosa and drove over to trailhead. 3.5 hours total roundtrip. The view from the cable housing quite literally took my breath away. The remains of the draw works and the history of it were very interesting. I highly recommend this hike.

Mon Jun 11 2018

Amazing history which was fun to share with my children. Amazing views and enjoyable hike!

hiking
Fri May 11 2018

If you love solitude and an epic view after hiking this trail is for you. Don’t plan on spectacular sights during the trip out. It is very quiet and nice to get away from the crowds. Bring plenty of water. The spring was barely running. I could see this hike being brutal in the middle of the summer in the afternoon. The hike out in the morning was enjoyable with some wind and the hike back got warm. I saw a total of 6 people on the trail.

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