East Mesa Trail to Observation Point

MODERATE 39 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

1 hour ago

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

11 days ago

Great hike / views

Great way to spend a morning with kids!

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
3 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
3 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
5 months ago

Scenery was decent but not very challenging.

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

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
11 months ago

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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