Observation Point via Stave Spring Trailhead

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Zion National Park

Observation Point via Stave Spring Trailhead is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length11.2 miElevation gain2,306 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 This route is a great alternative to reach Observation Point. As of 2021, the normal route from the valley floor to Observation Point is closed due to rockfall. So, this route is the second best approach. This hike bypasses the first few miles of East Rim Trailhead so that it can be accomplished in one day. The road leading to this trailhead gets very rough near the end, requiring 4WD. Many hikers with 2WD vehicles must park up to a quarter mile away from the trailhead.

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Shelby Halligan
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HikingGreat!

We got to trailhead at 6am & we were first car there so we were a little unsure about parking, but we were able to get down into the closest parking spot to trailhead without any issues getting in or out when we were done. Saw a total of 5 people on this trail all day & 6-8 other people at Observation Point that came in through the other route so it was basically like having the trail to ourselves outside of sitting at Observation Point. The trail is very, very well marked with cairns in the canyon & the trail is well maintained the entire way. The views throughout the trail and obviously at the top were wonderful. Easily one of our favorite trails we’ve ever done.

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Adam Hamblin
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Tim Girod
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Great. Hard sections but beautiful views.

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Rohil Shah
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An incredible hike through a canyon and up a mountainside. Logged 5 miles to Observation point but with wind getting bad, I came back via East Mesa and Fir Road to the trailhead. Total RT was just shy of 11 miles - so either way it clocks. Small patches of ice in miles 1-3, no micro spikes needed in the weather right now.

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Alison Hamant
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful trail! We hiked on 3/18 and the trail was one of the prettiest trails we’ve done. We saw no one else until we reached observation point. Follow the cairns in the canyon to stay on the trail. We went off track a couple of times but had downloaded the map on the maps.me app before. Definitely a hard hike. We ended up hiking in via the Stave Spring trail but walked out on East Mesa and did the two miles on the road back to the car. However we did Angels Landing the day before so our legs were already sore starting! The road to the trail was a little muddy but we were able to get our Honda Civic to about 500 ft from the start. Definitely a gorgeous hike and our favorite one of the trip!

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Carla Plouin
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We hiked this rim-to-rim-to-rim route on March 21. It was absolutely stunning. We faced 4 or 5 icy patches during the first decent (still there but a little slushier on the way back), but these were totally manageable without crampons - we just walked carefully. It was cool and windy, but sunny. The landscape, flora, and vistas are soooo stuuuhnning! It was also pretty amazing to have this trail to ourselves. We crossed paths with ONE person until the trail connected with the Observation Point trail. There it almost felt weird to see people (folks who come from the flat 3-mile trail). It took us 6 hours for this rim-to-rim-to-rim adventure with a good 30-minute stop for lunch at Observation Point itself. We are avid hikers, so it did not feel like a strenuous/hard hike, but we don't walk super fast either as we take time for pictures, vista points, taking it all in, and... a real lunch break at the top. This trail was never boring and as we started thinking we had maybe seen enough of one type of scenery, we got to experience a different one. If you have good knees and don't mind a long hike away from the crowds, this one is a gem! Oh and we used the Gaia App (free version) for trail directions and progress tracking. We park

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Ty Truong
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyPrivate propertySnow

Great hike! Like others mentioned, the drive to the trailhead can be muddy and snowy. It was when I traveled there in late March. I parked about 1/4 mile away (away from private property) so I didn't have to go down into the parking lot (the lot is located after a decline in the road and not maintained and very muddy and snowy). The hike itself starts mostly flat until you reach Echo Canyon. There is a bit of snow on the trail that is hidden from the sun. I didn't have poles or microspikes with me but they would've definitely helped. The views are pretty great and you'll likely be the only person out there as most people will take the East Mesa trail to get to Observation Point. It is slightly strenuous to hike down and out of the canyon then do it again on the way back but the views are worth it I think.

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Anna Loader
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This was 10x better than Angels Landing. Absolutely no one else on our trail because the trail from Weeping Rock is currently closed and the 3 other couples we saw on the final trail to the lookout were coming from the shorter East Mesa Trailhead/Observation Point Trailhead. We actually clocked just over 10 mi but my recording didn't save so I had to add it from Google so this recording isn't truly accurate. But, you hike from the top of the most Eastern canyon in Zion's to the lookout by hiking downhill for the first 1-2 miles, then you cross the canyon along the dry riverbed and across a bunch of huge boulders (the trail is defined by sand or rock formations/trail markers), and then you hike the last mile up the other canyon to the lookout, which is way taller than Angels Landing but there are no crowds. Just you and nature. Seriously this hike was insanely beautiful, serene, and peaceful since it was mostly us and nature the whole time. The only bummer about this hike is that the trailhead is hard to get to. It's a dirt road and the very last part is a big dip - only go on if you have 4WD. Our sedan couldn't take it so we parked .2 miles out on the dirt road. There were 6 different sections of ice above the dirt on the first downhill portion, which was sketch, but on the way back it was melted. We started at 9:30am and got back at 3:30pm. We were carrying our baby so we were pretty happy with the pace, given we took breaks to feed him and we spent 30 mins at the lookout eating lunch. Definitely the best day hike in Zion's and very doable and safe.

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Zachel Bachel
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Paul Glixman
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YOU NEED AWD TO REACH THIS IF THERE IS SNOW! Got stuck for 2 hours

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Taylor Marie
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Great trail! Hike without spikes, light snow going down- we each used one pole to steady our footing going down the snow/ice spotted trail. Dry down In canyon and an amazing ascent to the point- no wind until some clouds rolled in, ten minutes later sun was back out. Views were stunning, was able to see the rock fall across the way that effected the wheeping rock trail. On way back up we used cramp ons in the slushed snow to not have to worry about slipping, though it would have been very doable with out them. I tracked 9.7 miles

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Michael Tappel
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RunningGreat!

Gorgeous hike. Ran 2/5 - didn’t see another soul, and had Obs Point all to myself. Some snow on the descent into the canyon, but the switchbacks up to the point were clear of any snow/ice. As others have noted, the road leading immediately to the trailhead is fairly treacherous due to mud and ice. I had to park .5mi away

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Ryan Whiteside
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1/2/21 - road snowed out just before trailhead. maybe u could.make.it.with 4x4. Got stuck barely made it out. Lodge person says you can't park anywhere else cause it's all private property.

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Patrick Folkerts
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Some of the best views of the park. Staying on trail can be tough so download the map before you go!

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Kyle M
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRocky

Amazing trail, didn't see a single person until the point. A much better alternative to the east mesa trail. I am not great with heights and the last couple switchbacks were pretty intense but I made it and it was definitely worth it. Was nice to have spikes on the descent into Echo canyon but you could get by without them. High clearance is needed if you want to make it the last 50ft to the parking lot. Highly recommend.

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Katy Cummings
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockySnow

This trail was fantastic. I took the East Mesa Trail to Observation Point and then this one on the way back. The first bit down is right on the side of a cliff - the trail is only about 3' wide in places. We saw bighorn sheep tracks and scat on the trail. Once you're off the cliff face it is an enjoyable hike through the valley floor - watch for the cairns in the rocky areas with no snow or dirt to see the trail. There was a really cool side canyon that had eroded pot hole/pools to check out. The trail then goes steeply up a ridge on another side of the valley. I'd highly recommend Yaktraks for some portions of the trail as they were steep and icy. Amazing views the entire time. The one-way version of the trail took us 3 hours. Definitely download the map ahead of time.

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