East Rim Trail to Observation Point

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East Rim Trail to Observation Point is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Carmel, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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.

4 hours ago

One of the best hikes! Tons of beautiful scenery with lots of variety!!! The climb is more gradual than expected with lots of switchback in the beginning. The trail is paved most of the way too. There are lots of steep, cliff drop offs but the trail is wide enough so it’s not scary unless you are really afraid of heights. Definitely a must do hike!!!

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hiking
2 days ago

Loved this hike. View back down Zion is awesome. Fun to look down on Angels Landing. If you want a thrill, take a peek just off the trail over the drop off to the right, before you get to the end, but be careful! Otherwise, nothing hairy to deal with.

Need to get there early to beat the crowds at parking lot.

hiking
3 days ago

Simply amazing. Did this in August of last year. Get on the first bus that will take you to the trailhead. That way you beat the crowds AND the afternoon heat. We finished in about 6 hours - that included photo stops along the way.

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing views and a good workout.

hiking
5 days ago

Deal with slightly steep grade incline switchbacks and navigate some steep drop off points and you earn arguably the best view in the park.

hiking
7 days ago

Enjoyed more than angels landing. Strenuous from the get go. Started around 730 and finished by 1030...I think with about 30 break at observation point. the views throughout were fantastic. so many colors. definitely got busy on the way down...even saw a guy not wearing shoes. if you wanna start early get in line by 630 am for shuttle.

hiking
7 days ago

Worth it. Such a fun trail. Didn't want it to end.

8 days ago

We started this hike at 8am, the shade really helps to make this hike up easier. The second set of switchbacks were very exposed, on the way back down we saw a lot of people suffering in the heat on the way up. It's a long steady hike but definitely worth waking up early to enjoy it without the harsh sun. The view at the top is wonderful aswell you can see the road winding through the canyon down below. Overall, it took us about 3.5hrs round trip, discounting our time spent at the view.

hiking
8 days ago

Started the hike around 10:15am and hiked through the shade. Summited around 12:30pm. The sun at the summit was brutal and it was super sunny the way back. on our way back, we did a combo of walk and trail run. Reached the trail head in about 1hr and 40mins. So, I highly recommend to start and finish the hike early in the shade. Great views from the top.

hiking
9 days ago

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done! Really beautiful views throughout the hike, cool slot canyon, challenging switchbacks, and the view at the end is breathtaking. Would recommend going early to avoid crowds and pack plenty of water.

hiking
9 days ago

amazing view looking down on angels landing and the rest of the canyon

backpacking
13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! So worth the climb! This was our fourth day of the Trans Zion Trek. We failed to get off at Echo Canton and Continued onto East Mesa Trail. Some locals were kind enough to take us to the Stave Springs Trailhead- it was running, but barely. Hiked out from there the final day. What a beautiful journey.

hiking
13 days ago

Great view from the top and all along the way. Note: we actually took the Zion Adventures shuttle to the East Mesa Trailhead, took the easy hike to Observation Point from there, then hiked DOWN east rim trail to Weeping Rock (doing Hidden Canyon along the way). We were glad we only dealt with the hard asphalt path one way. Some may view this a cheating, but we viewed this as a much more enjoyable way to spend the day.

13 days ago

By far the best hike of the park. We set out early and beat most of the crowd.

The beginning is a lot of steep endless switchbacks but going through the middle area and canyon is very cool. The last part of switchbacks is even worse but the last .75 to a mile is entirely flat with amazing views on top of the Mesa.

This hike makes Angels Landing look like a joke! Best part is I think most people don’t even bother with it because of the distance. Made it to the summit in 2 hours and I’m averagely fit.

You get to look way down on Angels Landing and look across the other Mesas. Highly recommend this one.

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14 days ago

Full 8mile hike. Pretty steep ascents but beautiful canyon views. Can’t beat the views... higher than Angels Landing and much less crowded. Definitely recommend going early to beat the heat/sun.

hiking
14 days ago

Started at 745 am today and finished in under 3.5 hrs altogether with several rest periods and, of course, time spent at the top. Beautiful scenery throughout and some pretty brutal switchbacks especially the first 0.8 mile or so. Trail is wider than we thought and gives you comfort while ascending 2200 feet. Last mile is pretty flat as it encircles the rim to get to the point. Amazing views from the observation point. We got to the top in 1 hr 48 min. and I am at best medium fitness level. Strenuous but fun!

Photos Instagram @drpatrickmuller

hiking
15 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Not too steep for the total gain, but a consistent grade.

16 days ago

Everyone said go early and now I know why. The first switch backs, the start of the trail, was in shade both ascent and descent. If that was in full sun it would have been so much more difficult. The path itself is easy to follow, just steep in sections. I left around 7.30am and benefited from the shade at that time of morning. On the way back down, the sun was starting to really bite on the eastern exposed parts. Otherwise though the views are stellar from the top and well worth the effort. Medium level of fitness, was up in 1 hour 50 mins. Down in about an hour 20min but didn't stop much. If hiking in the sun(ie after midday) you would really need to take it slow and easy.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike with a wide variety of viewpoints. Over 2000 feet of climbing on this strenuous hike. Most should be able to complete the walk without much issue. Be prepared to take breaks if needed especially if it's hot out.

The final viewpoint is spectacular but can be crowded with people taking photos. There is a large somewhat flat spot about 5 minutes from the end of the trail that offers an equally spectacular but slightly different view of Zion where there are no crowds.

18 days ago

Hard but worth the effort! The senery along the trail is spectacular!

hiking
19 days ago

The views were breathtaking and the switchbacks were brutal. Totally worth the climb!!!

hiking
20 days ago

Very strenuous hike that is totally worth the effort, with the best views in the park. Bring extra water/snacks, go early if you can, it took us just over 5 hours, and that included spending 30-40 minutes at the top taking in the views and eating lunch.

21 days ago

Nothing but great people on the trail.
Surprising number of shaded rest spots along the way.
The view...

hiking
22 days ago

This is a stunning hike with several changes in topography that provide delightful variety to keep you interested throughout the trip. My two teenage boys completed this hike in beautiful conditions in early April when the temperature was delightful in the upper 60’s. Believe me that you will be sweating plenty even on relatively cooler days such as when I hiked it.
The final switchbacks are a bit frightening for those who have an issue with heights. But the serene final trek after reaching the top is well worth the journey. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you. Go all the way to the top. It’s well worth it!

22 days ago

Best hike I’ve ever done! Views changed throughout the hike and there are some shady points which help out a lot. Views at the top make the elevation increase worth it! Bring plenty of water and a snack to eat at the top!!
I can’t write enough good things about this hike! DO IT! If you only have time for one hike, this is the one. Plus it’s waayyyyy less crowded than Angels Landing

22 days ago

Great workout with incredible views!

hiking
22 days ago

Pretty good hike with a great payoff at the end .

23 days ago

Strenuous, but a breathtaking view at the end.

23 days ago

Well worth the effort!

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