Mountain of the Sun Trail is a 6.4 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.

6.4 miles
3,047 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Spectacular, challenging summit hike. Long difficult approach. Represents the best of Zion backcountry adventure. As the shuttle crowded with Zion Canyon visitor's makes it's way slowly up the main canyon, the second stop is the lookout for Court of Patriarchs. The announcer says "This short 100 yard climb will take you to a lookout point for a beautiful view of the Court of Patriarchs. Including Abraham, Issac & Jacob". Before you get back on the bus, with eyes shaded, look up past the lookout, up, up and up the solid stone face to the summit of the mountain at an elevation of 6722 feet. If the view was good at 100 yards, what would it look like from up there? Welcome to the Mountain of the Sun.

9 months ago

This late start to winter is nice. I hiked it yesterday 1/8/2018.
Not one for the casual hiker. But, if you're up to it, it's a good one. There's a registry at the top. Why not add your name to it?
The write up I read said 7 hours. I was car to car in 5:03. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Be prepared for a long, long approach to this summit hike. The views into the main Zion Canyon are worth every step!

6 months ago