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 March 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.

12 hours ago

This hike was amazing but a doozy! Starts off switchbacks, levels out for a bit (mostly) then another set of switchbacks (more intense) before leveling out for the remainder. Layers would be a good idea since the trail goes through various areas of the canyon and isn’t always well lit/warm or vice versa. The view is so worth it!

1 day ago

extra rad! obvious advice, but bring layers, you'll probably want to change multiple times while hiking as temps vary drastically through the different terrain of the hike.

3 days ago

I’ve done Angel’s Landing, and to be honest, this hike has a way better payoff! I found this hike to be more strenuous considering it’s double the distance of AL, but there are a lot more scenery along the way compared to Angel’s. On the views on the top was breathtaking! Bring a sandwich to enjoy at the top and reep in all your rewards!

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5 days ago

If you are looking for amazing views and a good steady workout this one is it. I arrived around 8am and the trail was quiet and not crowded in any way, I saw less than 10 people the whole day which was very refreshing. Going up the switchbacks is not easy, but i found that if I took it slow and took lots of breaks that it wasn’t as bad. The views going up are absolutely stunning and it is rewarding to be able to see how far you have climbed. The canyon was my favorite part, just an extremely unique feature and a great place to stop for a longer rest period in the shade. The view from the top I feel is better than any other trail in Zion.

10 days ago

If you’re in Zion and feel ready for a strenuous and long hike, this is an absolute must-do. You’ll avoid the crowds of Angels Landing (and look down at it from above!), enjoy a beautiful vista that looks out on the valley, and get rewarding views along the way that make the thigh-burning ascents worthwhile. The slot canyon is gorgeous — if you want a workout and an interesting landscape without facing a path with steep drop offs, it’s still worth it to go to the mouth of the canyon before the second big ascent and then turning back. We hit the trail by 7:15am in early April and saw at most a dozen people on the way up, with many more passed on the way back down.

Amazing views and well worth the hike. It feels like 3 different trail experiences. Take stamina and can be tough on the knees on the way down.

hiking
11 days ago

Some strenuous climbs at the start and near the end before it levels off into a flat walk to the observation point. Amazing views all the way around. Loved it. We got into the park and were in line for the first bus at 6:45. I wouldn't recommend doing it any other way.

14 days ago

Most beautiful views I've ever seen. Tough hike and demanding on your legs, but around every corner of the NUMEROUS switchbacks is a new, mind blowing view. takes you through a smaller mini canyon, along with views of seemingly every color of stone imaginable. Last mile or so is along the ridge, and you can laugh at everyone who blew their load about Angels Landing as you tower 1000 feet above them.

17 days ago

Beautiful hike, gorgeous views of Angel’s Landing and the rest of the park. Can’t wait to do it again.

hiking
19 days ago

We took the first shuttle to the trailhead at 7:00am The parking lot at the Visitors Center was filling fast, so arrive early! The views were amazing and the silence was extraordinary. We only saw 3 other people on the way up. We enjoyed sharing our binoculars with others watching the lines of people waiting to ascend Angels Landing. The views, the terrain and the solitude made this a bucket list hike to remember!

20 days ago

Did angel's landing the day before and was cool to look down and see how much farther we had climbed to observation point. Great views down the entire canyon. Not too technical.

hiking
21 days ago

Fantastic hike. Even though there is a lot of elevation the steepness is pretty standard most the way though- which makes it accessible to all fitness levels- as long as you take breaks. The scenery along the way is spectacular.

hiking
21 days ago

A really lovely hike. The hardest part are the switchback at the beginning.

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome views throughout! This trail is very diverse with all sorts of sights! Definitely go early to beat the crowd

23 days ago

Such an amazing view at the top!

hiking
23 days ago

Absolutely awesome hike because it hits every feature I like: elevation gain, desert and canyon features, some shade, different views, a little exposure, not too crowded for a national park, sweeping views, decent mileage for a day hike, and the best view of zion. Takes about three hours if you like to hike fast.

hiking
24 days ago

Loved the variety of landscape. Canyon in middle was good mix up. Not a constant slope, some nice flat breaks. Views at the top were really good. Cool to look down on angels landing.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike that took our family of 3 about 5 hours with multiple stops. Our 8-yr old did fine. Awesome views almost all the way up and down.

hiking
26 days ago

Though not the most popular hike in the park, definitely well worth doing while you’re there. I almost preferred this hike over Angles Landing. You get different beautiful views around every corner instead of just at the top. Start out early to beat the crowds and to have a great seat at the top.

27 days ago

Worth the effort!

27 days ago

Beautiful views! This is a demanding hike but worth it.

28 days ago

We had a very late start at 4p. But we’re up and back down in time to catch one of the last shuttles (4:10 total trip time including 40ish minutes at the point). Since we were essentially there for sunset, we had the place to ourselves. This is an incredible hike providing visual rewards after taking step number 1. On the ‘hard’ rating spectrum, OP falls much closer to moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this the day after Angel's Landing, and we thought it was very cool to look down from Observation Point and see where we hiked the day before. The way up is tiring but lunch at the top was beautiful, and let us rest for an easy hike down. While not the most well-known hike in the park, I would definitely argue it's a must-do if you visit!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! This was the first hike I've done at Zion and I would definitely do it again. The switchbacks were tiring, but the views were worth it. Hiking this trail felt like going through various landscapes.

hiking
1 month ago

make sure to go on a sunny day for the best views. the valley looked gray and dull brown instead of its normal brilliant orange due to a combination of cloud cover and wet rock.

there is no snow on the trail currently.

took me 5 hours hiking slowly with breaks. surface is all paved, slickrock, or packed dirt. the hike is relatively easy for its length and elevation change.

1 month ago

This keeps you mostly on the side of the mountain and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. It is strenuous switchbacks and all up hill

1 month ago

Hiked this two days ago. No ice and snow, and the trail having been paved in a lot of places makes for easier hiking and can shorten the hike time. Very strenuous at the beginning but the trail gets easier when you walk through a canyon in the middle. Then you’ll have some more switchbacks to do, and finally the last 0.5-1 mile is a level walk around the rim of Zion canyon to the point. Took our group about 4 hours on the money to go up and down. And we took several breaks on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Hike 02/25/18. Stunning views. My favorite part was hiking through the canyons. Make sure to start early enough to come down before the buses stop running. it's definitely a strenuous hike. and for those who are not acclimated to the elevation yet - do that first before doing this hike!

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