East Rim Trail Southern Trailhead is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.9 miles
1,354 feet
Point to Point




nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

The East Rim Trail (just like the West Rim trail) has some of the most spectacular views that anyone could hope to see. There are beautiful canyons, mesas, trees and flowers. You will not want to spend a lot of time looking at your feet during this hike.

19 days ago

If your want a epic day hike in Zion, get all the incredible views and get away from the crowds, shuttle traffic and weekend warriors this is the best thing going! This point to point hike will take you from a east rim triailhead just inside the east entrance across top of the Mesa down into Zion canyon, it’s 11 miles and you meet up with trail coming down from oberservation point.. If you start this trail from inside canyon you have 2,700 ft of elevation change, shuttle crowds and waiting time. Starting from east entrance and you have only 1,200 ft of elevation gain and easy late day shuttle ride out. We hitch hiked back up to truck which is a 11 mile stretch. Would suggest using 2 vehicles to shuttle back at end of day. Quiet low traffic hike, lots of different terrain with all the gratifying views at its end. If your up for it once you hit the observation point trail, you can venture up instead of down for about 720 ft of elevation gain. Enjoy!

7 months ago

Great trail overall. The descent into echo canyon is steep with fairly rough terrain. There are various spots in the canyon where you scramble a bit, but it’s a lot of fun. For those camping on the East Rim or doing this trail in reverse, perhaps coming from the West Rim, here is a water update. Stave Spring is flowing at 0.00013 cfs - imagine you accidentally left your faucet running and there’s a straw sized stream coming out the pipe. There is an additional water pool that is flowing at least as much as Stave is. It is just south of the junction with Cable/Deertrap Mountain trails, about 1/4 mile up South on that trail and off to the left!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Really beautiful trail, consider as adjunct or instead of Observation Point.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

and rewarding hike. I did it as a put and back to deertrap mountain in 7 hours. The viewpoint at the end is amazing. You are able to see almost 360 degrees the main canyon of zion and the surrounding canyons and how they connect. I saw 5 other people all day. I saw about 10 deer. The hike itself is not technical at all and it was easy to run parts of it, especially across the plateau. A very pleasant hike kids could probably do part of at least.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

In honesty, I only traveled to the small bridge...and than scrambled up several of the rocks to hang out. I would love to do the East Rim to Observation point...but when it is not 105 degrees (as it was that day)... The trail up to the small bridge (second yellow dot on the map) is nearly all sand, sometimes inches thick. There was NO shade at all in that whole stretch (mid-afternoon exploration). After the bridge, there were lots of rocks which made for fun scrambles (the white color of the rock was also hand friendly). You are far enough away from everything that it is a nice playground for practice "climbing". While on the trail, I saw NO ONE. Not one single person. During summer. No one. (Granted, the other cars in the lot probably started at 7am, but it is important to note...that this is a beautifully peaceful and empty trail)

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Backpacked this trail first week of May from East entrance to weeping rock. The first 5 miles of the trail to stave spring are fairly moderate. We camped about a mile up from the junction to cable mtn and had some nice views. Highly recommend the hike to cable mtn look-up...it's well worth it. Watch out for rattle snakes....we saw a big one just off the trail. The hike from stave spring to weeping rock is 5+ with great views and little people till you get further down the canyon.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We hiked this trail the beginning of March and there was still a lot of snow on about 3-4 miles of it and mud for about 2 miles. It made it difficult to walk as the snow was 2-3 feet deep with no way to go around it. Overall we really enjoyed the hike. There was not a single other person on the hike which was nice.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Didn't get to hike the entire trail, but several miles in and back was very secluded. Nice break from the crowds.

Monday, May 25, 2015

This is the fourth day of hiking and is by far the most difficult, It's a long hike from Camp 9 to the wilderness on the East Rim Trail.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hiked only the portion of this trail to get up to the drop-in to Echo Canyon a technical slot canyon that requires a permit. Next time would like to see much more of the trail.

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