Deertrap Mountain Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Deertrap Mountain Trail is a 14.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orderville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

14.5 km
380 m
Out & Back




horseback riding

nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Deertrap Mountain is another fairly remote viewpoint that requires many miles of hiking, but its beauty is well worth the effort for a strong hiker. You can see everything from this mountain: the majestic White Cliffs surrounding the main canyon, Angels Landing and the Zion Lodge far below, and even Springdale in the distance to the south. Not too many people venture up here because it is just a little too strenuous for your average day hike, so it is a great spot for solitude.

2 months ago

nice easy hike with green Meadows and ends with incredible views.

2 months ago

This is, by far, to me, the best view and vantage point for Zion. It is, to me, a pretty easy trail.
A few things to note.
First, you enter from the east and you do NOT enter the trail from the park. It is behind the Zion Ponderosa ranch.
Second, you will want to plan on taking a good downloaded Map.
Third, the hardest part of the trail is at the very beginning with the initial ascent and at the near end with another short ascent.

I have been to Observation point, and my son has been to both OP and Angels Landing. His opinion is as mine; best view in the park.

This is, indeed, a little traveled trail. I had it all to myself the entire morning. I also had the vantage point all to myself the entire time.

Here is a little advice on finding the viewpoint.

Pay attention at the last ascent. It goes up sharply and then back down thru some short switch backs. About the 1/2 way point down from the last short ascent up, look down and to what will be your right (north). You will notice a field of sorts with various clumps of short Oaks shrubbery. You simply need to navigate that terrain exactly due north and you will eventually end up at the view point. You will make a right turn at the bottom of this descent in the sandy area and begin making your way thru the oaks. You cannot miss the end.
When you have an almost 360 degree view of the Zion Canyon, you have arrived.
It is a better view than OP and less work. You travel the same distance without a 3000 foot ascent.
Good luck and prepare to be overwhelmed!

3 months ago

Completed this route via East Rim Trail, tagging on Cable Mountain - much of the hike was not that scenic, but the final views are epic. They look down on Zion Canyon, including an awesome view of Angels Landing. Much less crowded than any of the regular Zion Canyon routes - saw maybe a dozen people all day. Note the route from E Rim is ~20 miles round trip, ~23-24 if you add Cable Mountain.

6 months ago

After the zoo of Zion’s more poplar trails, this was utter joy: not one other person on the trail at the end of October. The hike is not especially strenuous and if the views along the way were not jaw-dropping, the terrain really is lovely and the vista at the end was so spectacular I could not stop laughing.

7 months ago

My favorite hike out of the ten trails I hiked in Zion National Park. Didn't see anything except about forty deer and magnificent views. Highly recommend.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Of the many trails that I have hiked in Zions east rim, this nu far is three most beautiful and majestic of them all. Except for the length perhaps this trail is technically easy with no climbing. That's not to say that the views to the north, to the south, and into Zion s Canyon are not breathtaking - they are! This may be my favorite hike ever. As stated in previous recordings the actual trail deviates from what is shown on the map but is easy to follow. I ran in to Senegal groups during the hike, but it was a mostly overcast day so the temperature was great for an August day. You won't want to miss this one.

Monday, March 27, 2017

So the actual trail does not reflect what shows up on GPS. So, don't trust your phone, apps, or GPS. Trust the trail and trail signs and you'll be fine. Great view at the end, but the hike itself is not the most scenic.

4 months ago

Monday, May 15, 2017