East Rim Trail to Observation Point

HARD 515 reviews
#3 of 84 trails in

East Rim Trail to Observation Point is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2995 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the main canyon that makes up Zion. It is a stunning view.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

12 days ago

The incline gets your blood pumping. It took us 5 hours with plenty of stops as well as a sandwich munch at the top. Got to the parking lot at 7am and were the 3rd car, parking lot was full before 8. AMAZING VIEWS like youve never seen. Comparable its Slightly easier than Franconia Loop in New Hampshire.

hiking
12 days ago

This is an amazing hike to Observation Point. I hiked it with my husband on Thanksgiving day, 11/23. We spent 4 days in the park, and this was my absolute favorite hike. There are great views almost the entire way, including looking down on Angel's Landing. It starts out steep but is paved much of the way. The first portion of the trail is shared with Hidden Canyon. Stay to the left at the split for Observation Point. It took us 1:38 to reach the top and 1:29 to come down. This trail is much less heavily trafficked than most others on the shuttle loop, making it a nice reprieve from the crowds while still staying in the main canyon. Lots of space to relax and have lunch at the top. As with all trails in the main canyon, I would recommend starting early if it is a busy day in the park.

12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Quite strenuous way up (or down!) but the way is paved most of the trail. The views are fantastic all along the trail and changing quickly! Beware if you are afraid of heights like I am that some sections are a reasonably wide trail along an impressive cliff!
The hike took us 6hrs including photos, lunch and a peek in the hidden canyon! Only the trail would be ~5hrs!

hiking
13 days ago

The best view in all of Zion! The trail is less heavily trafficked and maybe less well-known than it's sister Angel's Landing, but the views are better IMO. You gain 2100 ft of elevation from Weeping Rock parking area in about 4 miles, and are well above Angel's Landing at the overlook. You look directly down canyon in the most magical vista in maybe all of Utah - I actually proposed to my now fiancee at the top!

The trek up is tough, its 2 miles of uphill along switchbacks, a short half mile respite through a wash, and then 1 mile more uphill along the mountain until flattening out at the end. While the trail has some steep dropoffs, most of the trail is wide enough that even those with a fear of heights can do it - just stay to the inside! The last half mile is through sand and clay, vastly different from the rock/concrete covering most of the trail. At the top there is a large area to rest and picnic before scampering back down. We did the hike up in 1.5 hours at a good pace, but you will feel it! We didn't make the spur trail to echo canyon, but we heard that was a nice extra mile if you have time!

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

16 days ago

The views of the canyon as you hike up are breathtaking. Of course the summit view is beautiful as well. Pack a lunch and take it all in. Watch out the squirrels are feisty.

hiking
16 days ago

17 days ago

Amazing. Worth the extra two miles hiking because the shuttle wasn’t running and the parking lot was full

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

**FYI this trail begins at the Weeping Rock parking lot, NOT at the east rim trailhead.**

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing trail, hard! But the views and sitting at the edge eating lunch made it all worth it.

21 days ago

Worth the hike. Legs are sore but it was also amazing.

21 days ago