East Rim and East Mesa to Observation Point [CLOSED]

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East Rim and East Mesa to Observation Point [CLOSED] is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Carmel Junction, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,788 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

no shade

no dogs

NOTE: This trail is currently closed due to rockfall. For more info, please see https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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. The trail has many steep switchbacks without shade. Hiking early is best to avoid the sun on your ascent.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is closed 7/13

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

Great hike, awesome views ;)

hiking
no shade
14 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Views as far as the eyes can see!!!

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

Probably the best trail in Zion! The view from observation point is outstanding! Could be snowy and slippery during the winter.

hiking
26 days ago

beautiful hike. the trail head was closed due to rock slides from weeping rock so we started at the east Mesa trailhead. it was a really pretty hike I would say about half of it was shaded pretty flowers ,steep drop offs the last mile or so. the view takes your breathe away it is so beautiful and not busy at all

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Awesome trail. We took the east rim trail to observation point. Saw almost no one. The few people at the point came from the east Mesa trail. It took about 12 hours from the east rim trail to the point and back. Absolutely worth it. This was in June 2019.

hiking
1 month ago

You don’t know what peace is until you’re sitting at Observation Point looking out and all you hear is the wind blowing. Perfection

hiking
1 month ago

Did this one a few years ago. Awesome views with lots of switchbacks. A good pull up the mountain but well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike a year ago and it still resonates how beautiful the view is. Not nearly as "dangerous" as Angel's Landing, but way more strenuous! If you can, and you have the car to do so if the road conditions are muddy, take the East Mesa Trail. You have to exit the park going East, but it's a way easier trail for the same view.

excellent trail

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Took this trail as an alternate route due to rock fall on Weeping Rock trail (I think that’s the name?). I was determined to see Observation Point despite the closure. Do not be mislead, this is a difficult hike. It took us roughly 5.5 hours from Stave Spring trail head to Observation Point and back. There are many exposed switch backs and this route involves making your way down into the canyon, through Echo Canyon, and all the way back up the mountain to Observation Point. The view at the end was worth it, but plan to take many breaks.

hiking
2 months ago

Super nice hike. Views up there are awesome.

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Trail still closed.

hiking
3 months ago

@Joanna Wedell: were you still able to hike it even though it is closed? I will be there on 4/23. amnesiac_80@yahoo.ca

hiking
3 months ago

This was a super challenging hike with some killer switchbacks. The views at the top down the canyon are 150% worth it. I recommend doing what we did, bring a book and a hammock to the top and hang out there for the afternoon. This vista looks down on Angel’s Landing, it is definitely the better choice. I have a moderate fear of cliffs and was able to complete this trail without incident, I took some parts slow. There was one girl up there who could not handle the cliffs, please be aware of that part of this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Since this trail is closed, we hiked the alternate from outside the park to Observation Point. So worth it. Check out East Mesa via Stave Spring trail.

4 months ago

Unfortunately unable to do this trail. Park Ranger relayed that it will be closed for at least a few weeks since there was some rockfall and they expect more so they need to get a crew in to clear everything.

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted this trail in 115 degree heat. The views are astounding but you need to bring more water than you think you’ll need. There is a significant elevation gain, so plan on this hike taking up the majority of the day. Begin this hike in the morning because there is little shade. I would avoid this trail mid-day in the hottest summer months. There are many viewpoints on this trail overlooking the canyon. There are colorful rock formations and gorgeous plants growing out of the rock walls. The trail is well-marked and well-maintained.

hiking
5 months ago

phenomenal view! scary at some points because of the drop offs but so worth it

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 2/7. Trail is marked closed, we figured we would still try it. Definitely did not regret it, but would not recommend it to others until it’s been cleared. Trail covered in 1-2 ft of snow most of the hike. Other than that, amazing view and great hike! Typically less crowded than angels landing which is a plus

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this twice, one of the best views in Zion. Take more water than you think you’ll need and plan extra time at the top to take in the incredible vista

closed
5 months ago

Closed at the trailhead due to rockfall as of 1/19/2019.

hiking
6 months ago

1/11/19 heavy ice on beginning of trailhead. do not attempt without crampons.

6 months ago

GREAT hike! Definitely need cramp-ons to do this safely right now. Absolutely stunning views, and not heavily trafficked at all. 10/10 would recommend.

6 months ago

Steep, but not too difficult. I did not like how exposed the last mile was on the sheer cliff face, but I am afraid of steep cliffs. A lot better than Angels Landing, because this is less crowded. Absolutely great views, I would do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this early October and really enjoyed it. On my first try I had to return about 15min before I reach the top because it began to rain and a storm was rolling in. But I did it again 2 days later on a perfect sunny day. The view is just spectacular and I stayed for about 1 hour and enjoyed the scenery. Although it was strenuous, going up and down took me a little less than 4 hours. I recommend to start early, so you have some time for yourself at the top before more and more people are coming.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is a difficult and long hike, but is a great hike with incredible scenery. You need to be in pretty good shape to do this hike though. Don't underestimate it. We actually took the easier way when we hiked it. We took a private shuttle in town to the East Mesa trail, and then hiked the East Mesa Trail to Observation Point. Hiking East Mesa Trail eliminates the long and grueling hike from the bottom of the canyon up to Observation Point. The East Mesa Trail starts up on top of the mountain and is a flat three mile trail to Observation Point. When taking the private shuttle, you are able to leave your car by the visitors center. You can hike Observation Point back down into the canyon, and then take the free park shuttle back to your car. We took the private shuttle with Zion Rock and Guide. Cost was about $40 per person, but was worth it for our group of 50 year olds. There are a couple of other companies that do private shuttle services. The view from Observation Point is spectacular and is the best view in the entire park. Do the hike anyway possible, but I'd definitely take the private shuttle route to get there. The hike from the bottom of the canyon goes through a bunch of switch backs, then through a really neat section of Echo canyon, and then some more tough switch backs. Even if you can't go all the way to the top, it would still be worthwhile hiking to the Echo canyon section. That is a neat area to see even if you don't go all of the way to the top. The upper section of switch backs do go along the cliffside with straight drop offs. If you have a fear of heights, this section may be a bit nerve racking for you. But the path is pretty wide to walk on. Happy trails.

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