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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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 695 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

As of December 2019, the main canyon is closed due to a rock fall. You can still use Stave Spring or East Mesa trailheads to access the trail and Observation Point. All wheel drive is highly recommended to make it to the trailhead. Alternatively, you can park on the road before the trail gets rocky and hike in to the trailhead.

Best view with a fairly easy hike. Ample parking too but better off having a 4WD or AWD to get there

Great trail, easy to get to and a nice moderate hike all the way to Observation point. The views are amazing at the point! Highly recommended

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike! We got to the trailhead about 6:15 this morning and had it to ourselves. A few steep spots to hike up on the way back, but overall, an easy trail! We met lots of people coming back about 9am.

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

Beautiful trail! We didn’t want to wake up at 2am to try and do the Narrows/Angel Lansing so opted for this hike instead. It’s quite easy, just following a guided path along. The view at the end is spectacular! We drove our Ford Fusion all the way and were able to get out ok.

bird watching
15 days ago

This is a beautiful trail with many opportunities to look down into Zion. Observation Point is the icing on the cake, but keep the little ones in hand because there are many dropoffs. We hiked it June 19th. If you are a birder, you will have the opportunity for a number of species. Watch for California Condors! #3 flew right over our heads riding an updraft out of the canyon! Access the trailhead past Ponderosa Resort. We got on the trail by 7 AM and had it almost to ourselves, but there were many people - and the parking area was full - as we came back around 11 AM. We sat at the point for quite a while taking in the view.

Great views! The hike back out is harder than the hike in due to a steep decline on the way in that is subsequently asteep incline on the way back. Shade is limited in areas. The views though..... 10star phenomenal. Due to restrictions for COVID, it's really difficult to get access to the scenic drive to Zions main canyon. This is the overlook into that canyon and it's awesome. I wouldn't recommend going to the trailhead without a high clearance vehicle bc of very deep ruts/grooves in the sand roads leading to trailhead, although I did see several small sedans get in (who knows if they were able to climb back out though) Bring LOTS of water and a few snacks - you'll need them.

Good alternative to reach Observation Point. Plenty of parking available. Helps to prepare for the single significant incline on your way back. Recognize as you are walking in. Fantastic views and worth the minimal effort.

hiking
23 days ago

Excellent alternative since many Zion hikes have experienced slides that have washed out trails. Best views in Zion, trail is easily marked and well maintained. Well worth the walk. Park in the clearing and walk up the road to the trail head if you a smaller car.

hiking
23 days ago

6/12/20. Best view of the canyon. We were sore and did the hike in 4 hours and it was HOT. You are exposed almost the entire trail so make sure you bring enough water. We parked on Fir road since we didn’t have a high clearance vehicle. Tons of flowers and wildlife.

29 days ago

Stunning hike. Really not very difficult at all. The way to observation point was a breeze. On the way back there are a couple inclines that will take the wind out of you, but nothing too crazy at all. Pretty much the entire hike is through wooded forest which, I suppose some might find boring, but I thought it was beautiful. The views at the end are breathtaking. I barely even knew how to react. Well worth it, highly recommend this trail.

trail was absolutely stunning. long but easy. lots of different terrains and habitats. would highly reccomend, ending view is well worth it . road gets a bit treacherous if you dont have 4wd. we parked before we went down dirt hill, probably could of made it closer to trailhead parking lot though

A bit boring at first, but a rewarding end

Worth it. For sure.

Amazing views via the East Mesa trail. Moderate hike, fairly easy. A bit buggy through the woods.

hiking
closed
flooded
1 month ago

So bummed this trail has been closed for so long. By far one of my favorite hikes in the park to get a view of Zion!

Biggest “bang for your buck” trail. Great for kids and people that don’t hike. Obviously the trail itself is nothing to write about, what you’re walking all this way for is the vista. And it is absolutely spectacular. You don’t need to worry about having directions to get to the trailhead. If you just start Google Maps before you lose cell service you’ll be fine. There are lots of signs pointing you to the trail head parking. If you have a low clearance car make sure you park before the road gets rutted too badly. Save yourself some anxiety.

Super easy way to access Observation Point. I do NOT like other people slowing me down and this hike my group was being FOOLISH. I would’ve liked to run the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy 7 miles...go get those views!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike and views of the valley are worth every bit. The trail is mainly switchbacks to the top. Moderate to easy depending on fitness level.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this in the summer. Absolutely unreal views at the top. Angels Landing was closed at the time, and this one did the trick. So unreal.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Fantastic view, but the road to the trailhead was extremely muddy and definitely requires 4WD. We parked nearly a mile away (right before Fir Road) and walked an extra mile to avoid getting stuck. The trail itself was also very muddy. Highly recommend but bring hiking boots!

Half mile from the trailhead was super muddy at 11:30am.. trail in good shape with mud and snow still present.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Do not attempt this if you do not have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The road to the trailhead was very muddy and had huge ruts, so it was challenging to navigate even in a 4x4. Saw a couple stuck who tried to turn around and they even had 4WD. The trail itself is pretty crappy too. Lots of mud and snow, but we managed to make it to the point. Totally worth it! Had the whole place to ourselves, and only saw a volunteer ranger on the trail the whole day!

muddy
snow
5 months ago

Tried to access it - road is icy and muddy. Heard of people who did it but I didn't dare to drive my van there.

hiking
5 months ago

Worth the view. Lots of switchbacks. First big hike I did (back in December of 2017). Weather was perfect (in the 40s).

hiking
6 months ago

Trail update- Hiked on December 31. It hadn’t snowed for a little while but there was a significant amount of snow up there. The whole trail is covered but easy to follow. I just had normal hiking boots and will socks and was fine. My friend was wearing Nikes and didn’t have any problems. Getting there: The road is very passable (we did it in a Jetta) until the junction of Beaver Road and Fir Road. Plenty of spots to park there. Trail head is 0.6 miles from there. DONT MISS THE TRAIL! It’s not very well marked. If you take a sharp left and start going down hill then back up again, you’ve gone too far. VIEW IS BEAUTIFUL! See uploaded photos.

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