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

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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.

20 hours ago

Amazing hike. Hot, good to start as early as possible.

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23 hours ago

Magnifique!

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6 days ago

This was a great trail. My advice is to start early. The second difficult climb is all in the sun if you wait too late. This trail looks down on Angel's Landing and for many is a preferable trail. All of the "drop offs" on the trail are on one side or the other, so it is not as "edgy" as the Angle's LandingTrail. It is not a trail for young children. We are 65 and in good shape and completed the round-trip from the parking lot to Observation Point in about 5 1/2 hours. The view from Observation Point is well worth the effort to get there!

9 days ago

A difficult hike because the steep ascents. So worth it. The slot canyons in the middle give you time to recover. Amazing views. Bring water and protein bar for sure.

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12 days ago

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13 days ago

If you are looking for a challenging hike away from the masses, then this one is perfect for you. From the getgo you encounter an amazing series of switchbacks that will get your heart pumping. Once you pass that mark you will scale through the back of the canyon. You will see all different types of terrains and formations. It will also provide different scenic views as you reach the summit. I find the view to be much better then angels landing. I did this hike at noon, which kicked my butt in the beginning due to the sun. However, once you pass the switchbacks you are in the shade for the rest of the hike. I did angel's landing the next day and i felt it was nothing compared to observation point.

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13 days ago

Great vantage point to view the canyon. I started hike at 7am and suggest getting out early to avoid the hottest part of the day. The second set of switchbacks before the trail levels off was mostly in the sun, however plenty of trees to stop and catch your breath, if needed. Not the easiest trail to consider taking young kids, as the switchbacks are challenging. Ultimately did hike by myself and completed in 4-1/2 hours with 45 rest at the top... 2 hours to the top, but coming down was a breeze...

15 days ago

17 days ago

This does not match Angels Landing Trail for exhilaration, but makes up for this with a very scenic and enjoyable view at the top. There are sufficient bushes/trees near the top in case you have to pee.

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18 days ago

The most beautiful hike I have ever done. Scenic from every point.

22 days ago

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23 days ago

Great hike.
Like the other reviewer said - show up early for both the shuttle and the cool temperatures. We got there around 6am and a line was already forming for the shuttle. It's also beautiful to see Zion in the morning light.
The hike itself was amazing. Completed it in about 4 hours including a 30-45 minute rest at the top. There was a rattlesnake hanging out quite close to the resting hikers at the peak though, so watch out for that.

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