Observation Point via East Mesa Trail

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Zion National Park

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

Length6.7 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFeeNo dogs
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Zion National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Please visit their site directly to secure your pass: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/fees.htm 4wd or all wheel drive is highly recommended to make it to the trailhead in your vehicle. Alternatively, you can park on the road before the trail gets rocky and hike in to the trailhead but it will increase the length of the route. This trail is really well maintained, well shaded as well, so you can take a break when needed. It ends at a beautiful observation point.

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Erik Schrandt
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The first ~75% is an easy hike through the pines. The last 25% is steeper but you start to see the canyon views. The actual observation point is jaw-dropping

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Christy Ellis
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Loved this hike! Follow the signs from the Ponderosa, well marked trail. According to my friend’s watch it was 8.5 miles( from the first parking lot) and took us about 3 hours. Steady walking pace but not rushing, spent time enjoying the view and a snack at the amazing view point. Pretty flat, nice trails for a trail run. At the end you will hike down to the vista then hike back up, but it’s not bad at all. Seeing Angels Landing from that view is incredible.

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Dusty Trailhead
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A good view down the valley and of Angels Landing and it’s hikers. Can’t say this is a better view; it’s a different perspective.. While not as popular as Angels Landing, there is a lot of traffic.

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Megan Loney
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Very easy hike with INCREDIBLE pay off. We went for sunset - got to the trail head at about 6:30 and it was perfect timing! Not super busy, surprisingly (but we did go on Thursday evening) Just wow. One of my favorites!

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Ashley Knibbe
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Nice, easy trail. Amazing views! Cool cloud cover. Very crowded, but it was a Sat!

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Wolf-Dieter Reiter
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I hiked this trail on the last day of April, which was sunny and quite warm. Unless you have a Jeep, it is best to park at the intersection of Beaver and Fir Roads, and then walk for about 12 minutes to the trailhead. Turn right at the intersection with the Obstruction Point Trail. The view of the canyon is absolutely stunning. One can see the people at Angels Landing with the naked eye but it is useful to bring binoculars.

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david Fraga
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Amazing view at the end, worth the walk. The beginning of the hike is flat and easy-going, it’s not until you get to the last 20% or so that you get any altitude, and even then it is very manageable. Fantastic view over Angels Landing into the canyon, overlooking nearly all of Zion.

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Laura Vadillo
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Easy & smooth

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Matthew Krebs
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Trail varies from AllTrails at the end, but great views along the way. We were lucky enough to hear rocks fall above weeping wall and see the dust cloud after! Glad it is still closed!

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Josue Hinojosa
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What an amazing view! Listen to the other reviews that the ruts on the road are intense. Recommend to use a truck or SUV. On the trail at the 3.1 mile there’s a fork on the trail, go right for Observation Point.

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Lois Vitt Sale
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In terrible shape. Many downed trees. Spectacular views at the head of the trail. End of the trail is a let down

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Chris Brinkley
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Follow the dotted lines in map. All trails shows red lines skipping some of the actual trail

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Jamie Alders
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Beautiful view!

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Lois Vitt Sale
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Roadway to trailhead very rutted. Ok when dry but be prepared! Trail is very navigable with moderate elevation. First part of trail thru forest then gradually opens up to the valley. The views at the Observation Point are spectacular. Well worth the journey in and back.

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Julia Wittig
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Easy walk, incredible views

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Calvin Wheeler
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Amazing trail! Last half mile of road is bad!! High clearance needed! Trail is family friendly, amazing pay off at the end!

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Thomas Meara
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Awesome hike.

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Micheal Simmerman
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As long as it’s dry it’s not hard to get to the trailhead by car - so don’t give up by overflow parking - go all the way there. It’s a true 3.5 miles to get there and then 3.5 back. Pretty easy hiking - incredible view at the end. If you do Zion - you need to see this!

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Brent Skrzypek
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What a great way to see Zion valley. Angels landing looked amazing from the viewpoint a must do and easy trail just need to have some endurance as it’s 6 miles from start to finish.

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Sergey Shapoval
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Plenty of parking if you come during non weekend. Awesome view from Observation point but you have to earn it. If you drive sedan consider to leave it 0.5 mi at overflow parking. Very easy navigation

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Chelsea Morrissey
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My phone died on the way back so it didn't record the whole trail. Beautiful views and way less crowded than the rest of the park. We started around 8 am and shared the summit with only one other group.

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Stephen Tindle
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Courtney Mecikalski
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We got to the trailhead around 8am today and there were only 2-3 groups before us. The last quarter mile driving in is bumpy, but was manageable in our rental car. Trail was significantly busier when we left around 11:45am. The trail itself is largely flat, but well worth the views from the point! All in, we did roughly 7 miles here.

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Holly Williams
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We went the Friday of Easter weekend (April 1). The dirt road leading to trailhead has LOTS of ruts. It made us nervous in our rental Nissan Rogue. We made it (plus a few scratches due to avoiding the ruts). I would never attempt if it had rained recently. The trail was clearly marked and easy to follow. Not a very scenic hike in itself, but there’s several side paths leading to overlooks. Definitely step off the main trail for a few minutes when presented the opportunity. It does get step the last mile. There weren’t many people when we visited. Obviously, the view from Observation Point is spectacular. Absolutely stunning.

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Jay Weis
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Beautiful trail, very rewarding when you reach the observation point. Easy hike. Two warnings though, road leading up to trail head very rough, recommend high clearance vehicle preferably a pick up or jeep. Also road to trail infested with deer, narrowly missed hitting at least 3 times on the way there. Actually all the roads in and around zion are littered with deer carcasses, use extreme caution especially around sunrise and sunset!

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Mindy K
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Great!

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Kathleen Flynn
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Rough road getting out (washed out deep tire tracks) even to the overflow parking about 0.5mi from the trailhead is rough going. lots of people walking to the trailhead. Trail was great! high desert forest (a wee bit cooler than the canyon floor, windbreaker or layers recommended) partly shaded most of the way. Some views of the mountains/canyons but mostly woods until the way out to Observation Point. not terribly trafficked path, it was peaceful! Trail itself varies, its rocky, dirt or loose sand. walk is overall flat, easy incline/decline except some sandy switchbacks and steeper rocky section. I saw tons of families out there though. If you are looking for an easy trail out to Observation Point (best view of the park I think!) or for a Zion trail for those afraid of heights, or because you couldn't get a shuttle/bike ride into the canyon, this is a great option! (again, mind the rough roads)

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Brandon Bilotta
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Is anyone going on this trail between Sunday and Tuesday? I would love to hitch a ride and not have to pay $600 for the roundtrip. 949-334-7254

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michael raudenbush
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Easy trail, plenty of hikers, the big payoff is the stunning view of Zion Canyon from Observation Point. Trail and access road were in good shape, but beware if it rains.

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andrew raleigh
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Great hike with amazing views. Mostly flat hike but exposed for most of it as well. Parking at trail head with all wheel drive recommended. Stop at first lot and walk in better. Poop and toilet paper all over the trail head.

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