Lady Mountain Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles
2,667 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

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 The trail is no longer maintained but for those with some climbing experience, the old route can still be followed to the top.

10 months ago

Great hike

rock climbing
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Lady Mountain might just be the perfect scramble route.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016