East Rim Trail to Observation Point

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East Rim Trail to Observation Point is a 6.9 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
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2644 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

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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.

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3 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful vistas and rock formations. It's pretty awesome looking down on Angels Landing from about 800 feet above. I highly recommend getting on the trail as early as possible (to avoid both the heat and the crowds!)

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3 days ago

Best hike I have ever done!

Honestly one of the best hikes I've ever done. The BEST views in the park without all of the people like Angels Landing. Get out there early, though. It's really exposed once the sun comes over the canyon wall. Lots of water and lots of sunscreen are crucial!

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10 days ago

Great climb, amazing views

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11 days ago

This is probably my favorite hike to date - Who doesn't love being rewarded with an breathtaking view after a long, strenuous hike? But the beautiful & extremely varied scenery along the way makes this whole hike enjoyable. My husband and I have a pretty serious fear of heights which definitely kicked in on those last switchbacks (especially with the slippery snow in the winter) but we made it through! If you do it in the winter, you want to be at the top during the warmest part of the day - it is COLD. Husband and I are mid-20s and in good shape - did the whole thing in about 5 hours (we weren't in a hurry).

12 days ago

Worth the extra miles over Angels Landing. Incredible view.

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18 days ago

very difficult on the way up but worth it!!

18 days ago

very difficult on the way up but worth it!!

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20 days ago

Absolutely beautiful view. Hike took us 4 hours round trip. It's challenging but doable for most. View from the top is much better than Ángels Landing because it's so much higher.

22 days ago

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23 days ago

Start off from the parking lot and the trail starts climbing in the first 100 yards. Getting in on the first switch backs, you climb up to the giant rock face in front of you. Once there, you swing left and scoot behind the mountain through some Narrows where you can look up to the cliff faces on both sides or look down into a crevasse that at some points,you can't see the bottom (very cool, and yes, it's safe - there's a knee high bench/wall so you can look over with no issues). Swinging behind the mountain, you cut through some more Narrows and over some nice bridges to an open area. Then you start through the sand stone (I believe is sandstone) switchbacks. You are now halfway through. Climbing up the switchbacks, you can see what looks like the top.....it's not. You swing back around to the front of the mountain and it seems like it just goes on and on and on. Guess what, once you hit the end of those, your at elevation. The last mile (almost) is just a nice and easy jaunt to the observation Point (meandering through some waste high bushes) which are cut back nicely to give you plenty of room to walk). It's a little sandy but easy going from here on. Really a nice cool down period before hitting the overlook. Truly one of the absolute coolest hikes I have ever done. Your now looking down on The famous (or infamous) Angels Landing from 800 feet above. AWESOME! Go forth and trek on!