East Mesa Trail to Observation Point

MODERATE 71 reviews
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East Mesa Trail to Observation Point is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Carmel, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

2 days ago

This was such a great option for hikers that don’t want to climb the 2,000 foot elevation to make it to observation point.
Took us a little while to find it, half the time we were wondering if we were going the correct way.
I have a lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis and used supplemental oxygen during this hike. I could definitely tell the air was getting thinner as we went higher.
There was one spot on the way back that offered to be quite the challenge for me. There is a pretty steep hill before this trail meets up with the East Rim trail. I’m not going to lie, having to climb up it on the way back wore me out!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views at the top. The first portion of the hike is relatively easy. There are some steep switchbacks up the mountain until you get to the flat forest-like portion at the top that leads to Observation Point. Only took us about 3.5 hours to do the whole hike, including our rest at the top for pictures and snacks. Worth going to check out Weeping Rock by the start either before or after your hike too.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike that takes you up some steep switchbacks then you level off as you walk thru Echo Canyon which looks like you are on Mars! Once through Ech Canyon you travel back up a series of switchbacks that take you from the backside of Observation Point to the frontside before you reach a beautiful plateau where you finish this amazing hike with a 1/2 mile walk to the actual point that looks down on Angel’s Landing.

1 month ago

Great trail with some shade early but more exposed closer to Observation Point. Flat until last .75 mile to cut over to the Observation Point trail where it's more vertically challenging and followed by relatively flat out/back Trail out to Observation Point. Extraordinary views from Observation Point much less so on the East Mesa trail to/from.

2 months ago

Spectacular hike! I would rate this hike moderate. The views of the Valley and Angels Landing were unforgettable. This was the best hike we did in Zion.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

Great hike close to the house. It pretty easy bring water as there is nothing around. The overlook is great!!!

4 months ago

Great hike / views

Great way to spend a morning with kids!

4 months ago

This trail is easy to navigate and elevation changes are minimal. At this point we had 65 miles of hiking so we were ready to finish! Meandering path and wide trail. Zero water sources.

hiking
5 months ago

You CAN'T miss out on observation point. One of the best views I've seen in my life.

This hike is incredibly easy and accessible for anyone. It's well trafficked and there's much less elevation gain or loss than the app says-- it's barely anything, and it's 90% flat. This is definitely the cheater way but it's still a good hike with the distance. Took us a little less than an hour and a half both ways. Leave yourself time to spend at observation point, you're going to want it.

The views throughout the hike are stellar, too. Don't let the reviews trick you into thinking it's boring. There's incredible little peeps of Zion on either side of the trail as you go along. Take a second to peek at all the side trails, they usually lead to fantastic lookouts. Keep your head up and look out sometimes or you might miss a view.

We ran into practically no one on this trail until the end when it tied in with the main trail most people take. It was quiet and wonderful. Lots of people must not know about this hike.

Getting there seems a little unorthodox, but don't let that scare you. It's a dirt road past cabins by the end. It definitely wouldn't be a good idea in the rain and I'd suggest having a truck. The weirdness at the end of the drive is totally worth not paying a fee to get into Zion.

Have fun!!

hiking
5 months ago

Unless you are a glutton for punishment, taking a shuttle to be dropped off at East Mesa, then hiking this and DOWN to Weeping Rock is the way to go to see Observation Point. Most of the East Rim Trail is bumpy asphalt (very hard) which wears on your legs and knees. We took the Zion Adventures shuttle ($29 per person) to East Mesa and enjoyed the walk to Observation Point from there. We had lunch at Observation Point then saw all the views on the way down. We did Hidden Canyon on the way down which was fun also. Also, I'd rate the East Mesa trail to/from Observation Point as easy vs. moderate.

hiking
7 months ago

Might be the easier way, but it was worth it. We actually got dropped off at this trail so that we could hike down to weeping rock. Sure it might be the “cheater” way, but it guaranteed that we were the first ones up there at sun rise and we didn’t have to burn out our thighs on the climb up. Even if you don’t want to pay to be dropped off, and out and back hike is still worth it. I didn’t find this trail boring. It was an empty trail through beautiful terrain. Sure it doesn’t have all the sweeping views of Zion Valley, but observation point gives you those. There’s also other canyons you can see from this trail.

If it has snowed recently, it might be necessary to have traction devices, and the road to the trail head is rough. You’ll need a 4x4.

hiking
7 months ago

Could not make it to Mesa trailhead the mud was so deep and that’s in a 4WD. Trail is a muddy mess only went 1.5 mikes it was so crappy!

hiking
9 months ago

Scenery was decent but not very challenging.

11 months ago

First part of the trail is okay. Viewpoint is stunning.

hiking
11 months ago

I actually completed the hike starting at Weeping Rock, which brings the total mileage of the hike to 8 miles, out and back. The elevation climb is intense, but the trail quickly becomes unmissable as you finish the first set of switchbacks and enter a gorgeous canyon up which you get a glimpse of the technical slot, Echo Canyon. The extra mileage and elevation is totally worth the exertion and would recommend highly. On the way back completed Hidden Canyon, which is accessed by a trail that connects off of the first set of switchbacks, and is a lovely detour that utilizes some chains along the canyon walls.

hiking
Friday, October 06, 2017

Much easier route to Observation Point than starting at the canyon floor. On the return, you will be climbing for 3/4 of a mile or so. Very diverse scenery on the route as well. Not a lot of people on this route until trail intersects w/main trail to O.P. The last 1/2 mile driving to trailhead is sketchy w/rocks sticking out and deep ruts in the marginal road. Helps if vehicle has some clearance as in a full size pickup or SUV.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Relatively flat the first 2.5 miles then a steeper descent for the last mile until you get close to the point. Makes for a moderate hike back. The view at the end is amazing and a great reward for the amount of effort that goes into the hike. Also the access is away from the crowds down a dirt road, just follow the signs. We took an Elantra and it did fine.

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