Lady Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length2.5 miElevation gain2,667 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Zion National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Please visit their site directly to secure your pass: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/fees.htm Demanding summit hike on an unmaintained but well marked trail. Lady Mountain is the southern peak overlooking the Emerald Pools. It was the first official trail in Zion National Park that went from valley floor to summit, but it was closed in the late 1960's because it was so steep and dangerous. The trail is no longer maintained but for those with some climbing experience, the old route can still be followed to the top.

Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility. Take plenty of water, Lady Mountain is full sun exposure during the entire day. Wear good sticky rubber shoes. This hike contains slickrock climbing and exposure. Good footing is a must. The climbing sections consist of a blind overhead boulder move about 8' but has an 80 foot exposure so use the existing bolt to belay your lead climber. The second move is a 12' off width crack, about 5.7 rated. The upper portion is class 3 scramble, I would recommend a helmet for the scramble as there is lots of loose rock, be sure to give plenty of warning to those below if you kick loose even a small rock, due to the steepness of the terrain even a small rock can do a lot of damage. Note: I didn't have my GPS with me on this trip so the way points are hand drawn and may not reflect the exact route taken

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Shaye Sevy
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Need to bring a rope next time, with little gear though it still was pretty fun!

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Travis Sheffield
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Epic. Definitely NOT for the faint of heart

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david yu
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Steep, short, and has scrambles but totally worth it.

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Brandon Smith
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Closed.

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Thaddeus VanDenBerghe
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Trail is fairly steep, overgrown and loose in mainly places toward the top. Rope was nice to repel the more technical sections. Took a 50M and it was more then plenty. Could maybe take a 30M. Could not find the exact beginning trailhead

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Josh Ginsburg
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The scenery was just outstanding but I didn’t enjoy the paved roads the whole way up.

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Steven P
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HikingOff trailScramble

Early November is a great time of year to try this: Dry, not too hot or cold. I was spooked by the though of free-soloing the 5.5-5.7 chimney and did not complete the route. Fun though! As you go up, pay attention to the turns that you make approaching the chimney - because the faded yellow and red arrows are not visible as you descend, you can easily veer off-trail coming down from the slickrock base of the chimney. For another day with a rope and a friend.

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The Turk
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Seems to be open again

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Michael Hunnisett
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Trail temporarily closed due to rockfall. 3/24/19.

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Kate Augustyn
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Rock climbing

It’s hard to find the trail head, but once you do, this is as epic of a hike as you’re gonna get in Zion, not only for the views, but for the solitude. The view from the top is spectacular, and you’ll probably be alone as few people make it past the three technical rock climbing segments you’ll definitely want a rope and harness for. Pro tip: go with a mountaineer or guide. We lucked out and piggybacked on a group that had made the ascent many times before and helped us through the technical sections.

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Kirsten Chesney
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Steep, strenuous hike that is no longer marked/maintained since the 50's. After crossing the bridge across from Zion Lodge, take a left and follow the trail a couple hundred feet. You will then see an overgrown trail leading upwards on your right. Take this, and prepare to do some bushwhacking! This trail begins as an alternate trail to Emerald Pools, which is quite overgrown in places. Once you get to the educational sign about 10 minutes into the trail, stop and look up to your left. This is Lady Mountain, and to find the old trail from the 50's, veer into the bushes and start climbing! There is no sign of any trail whatsoever in this section. But as you climb, you will come near some rock faces. These rocks will have footholds blasted out of them, and you can see places in the rock where chain cables used to be secured. Yellow painted arrows will also guide your way up these rocks. The trail is quite easy to follow after this. Switchbacks and rock scrambles. We couldn't get to the top without a rope and climbing harness, so we stopped shy of the summit. The view is of the valley floor, Zion Lodge, and the horse arena. Beautiful! Do be prepared to get scraped up legs as you traverse the section where there simply is no trail. I think the park service made the right choice in covering up this trail, it is quite steep and exposed in places! But for those who like a challenge and some solitude, this is the trail for you!

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Eric Enmon
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Great hike

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Chris Heisman
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Rock climbing

A few thoughts, just to clarify any confusion if your researching the route on other websites. -Get off shuttle or park at the Lodge. Head slightly south to bridge over the river. -Once across the bridge, the trail comes to a "T", Head south (Go Left). Other sites say follow signs to the middle Emerald pool Trail (which goes Right), I do not recommend this way. -Follow the horse trail a few minutes and you'll come to a trail that as of 5/2017 has a sign that says the trail is closed branching off to the Right. Go up this trail. It has been washed out. many trees have fallen over the trail. -Continue on the trail until you come to the sign warning of "DO NOT ROLL ROCKS", pass sign as many descriptions advise, look for an "obvious" climber trail going up hill (Left). -Trail was fairly straight forward. We moved thru the various obstacles with little trouble. A 70 foot rope is plenty long. After passing 1 or 2 steep section and had moved to the far southern point of the trail, mid way up the trail we got lost and had to back track just prior to the last and most committing climbing section, just before the "endless staircase". -The trail goes up a gully and amidst our conversation we followed the gully to the top, passing the appropriate turn towards the endless staircase. See Picture marked "Don't go this way" Instead head West (Right) uphill out of the gully and in 50 yards or so you'll come to the final steep obstacle. Many painted (though faded) arrows, cairns, and carved foot steps will lead the way.

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Steven Thompson
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Lady Mountain might just be the perfect scramble route.

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Steven Thompson
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First to Review

Lady Mountain was my first summit hike off the beaten path in Zion National Park. I was hooked the moment I stepped off the "freeway trail" of Emerald Pools into the solitude of a summit ascent.

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Becky McRae
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Chris Heisman
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Vanessa Mer
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