East Temple Saddle Trail

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East Temple Saddle Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

3.1 miles
1,302 feet



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

The East Temple Saddle route is a backcountry extension turning the Canyon Overlook trail into a loop. One of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park is the Canyon Overlook Trail. This well designed and well protected trail allows even young children the chance to witness dizzying heights more common on the difficult trails in the park. From the Overlook, the East Temple sits to your right. It was named by John Wesley Powell and the summit resides 7110' above sea level. For those with a high degree of comfort on steep slickrock; the East Temple Saddle route is a backcountry extension turning the Canyon Overlook trail into a loop. Dropping down off the backside of the saddle, you wander along slickrock washes, skirting the headgate of Shelf Canyon before dropping into Upper Pine Creek. The route offers an adventure into the backcountry of Zion few will ever witness. P.S. Leave the children at home.

2 months ago

Great trail for the very experienced hiker. Steep sketchy slick rock. Quite dangerous without proper shoes. I almost feel like this qualifies as Canyoneering. All of the elevation gain is on one slickrock section. The words “heart attack” come to mind lol. Took us about 4 hours, mostly due to being lost. You must download this map otherwise you’ll be lost. Finding the trail is nearly impossible. There are very few random cairns. Also, this is a major flash flood zone, so watch the weather.

4 months ago

To the Overlook and back is very easy. I did the 3.6-mile loop clockwise. Very high chance to see big horn sheep before the Overlook. The Overlook view is amazing. The hike up to the saddle is incredibly steep and exhausting. Very challenging to navigate down to the 1st slot canyon that you have to go around. Even more challenging is figuring out how to safely drop into the 2nd Canyon which is your path out. My first time really going off-trail and working through the panic when you have to adapt, improvise and overcome. You must be in good shape and sound mind to attempt the loop. It’s for real. I went through 2L of water.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Amazing trail! We have not crossed paths with anybody the whole way even though the park was packed for the Thanksgiving weekend. But since it is a loop an the only available parking was above the trail end, we did it in reverse- instead of starting at the Canyon Overlook we have started at the creek and finished at the Overlook. The stretch between the Saddle and the Overlook is a hill with a soft, smooth rock at a very steep angle. Maybe going up that hill would be ok, but going down was simply unnecessarily dangerous ( any slip and fall can result in serious injury or even death) - I would not recommend doing this trail backwards to anyone.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Beautiful climb! Amazing views from the saddle. Did not see any large mammals this trip. Best to attempt this climb early to maximize time in shadow. One of the best route descriptions I've seen in a route guide! Thank you! My 10 year old daughter said of the climb "My favorite climb ever!"

Friday, September 09, 2011

This is a very steep slickrock scramble that has amazing views of Zion. It turns a wonderful hike into a fantastic backcountry adventure.

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