West Rim Trail to Lava Point is a 28.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

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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. The West Rim Trail has some of the most spectacular views. There are beautiful canyons, springs, seeps, trees and flowers. You will not want to spend a lot of time looking at your feet during this hike. If you seek an element of danger then a side trip to Angels' Landing is for you. You can hike the West Rim Trail from the Lava Point trail head to The Grotto trail head or vice versa. You will need to rent a shuttle to take you to the trail head at Lava Point or pick you up from the trail head at Lava Point depending on which direction you hike. The shuttle can be rented from Zion Adventure Company. They have a store front near the Zion Visitor Center. The actual hiking starts at the point the road to Lava Point is closed, the road has snow and fallen trees on it. This adds about a mile to the trip. This guide details the hike from Lava Point to The Grotto trail head over the course of two days with a stop at camp site four. This direction is easier than going in the opposite direction. The guide also assumes a night spent camping at camp site four. This guide also has two dog legs: one to get water near camp site one, and one to go to Angels Landing. There is good cell service near the Zion Visitor Center, but for the bulk of the hike there is no cell service at all from any carrier. So, a PLB or Sat Phone is a good idea. Water can be pumped near camp site one and camp site eight. If you plan to do Angels' Landing make sure you leave enough time to get to the top. It is possible to do the entire trip as a day hike for those who are carrying not much and are in very good shape. If you are coming from out of town it is a good idea to camp at the camp sites near the Zion Visitor Center to acclimate before you set out to do the trail. Finally, you are in the desert so make sure you have enough water.

Utah Travel Council Council Hall P.O. Box 147420 Salt Lake City, UT, 84114 Phone: 801-538-1030 travel@utah.com

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Eva Inglizian
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

It’s been a dream of mine to a backpacking family. I kept putting it on the back burner thinking, oh the kids are too young, maybe later. Then the door opened and it seemed that turning 45, and entering into the new world of 2020, that the time was Now. So we spent more than a month slowly collecting bits and pieces of gear, fitting our packs, and scouting for the perfect trail. But then the fires raged and the smoke suffocated so much of California. We choose Zion and got lucky with a last minute wilderness permit to spend two nights on The legendary West Rim Trail. The hike is labeled Strenuous, and for expert hikers only, but for some weird reason we chose to ignore that detail. We hit the trail at dawn at the west end of Zion to traverse ridges, breathtaking views, and sumerge ourselves in the fall pink, yellow, red leafed oak and maple forests. We then descended 4000 feet through switchbacks on shear cliff edges, on a thin three foot wide rocky trail into the red rock Zion canyon. We ate dehydrated meals, granola bars, and dried mangos. We filtered our water from tiny springs bubbling up from Mother Earth. And on my Birthday we splurged on a dark chocolate bar, afternoon instant coffee, and serval chapters read aloud of A Journey to Itxlan by Carlos Castaneda, one of my Papa’s favorites. It felt supernatural to be enveloped in wilderness all around with everything we needed on our back, experiencing solitude, no technology, and inky black nights with millions of twinkly stars above. On the last night Scott found us a cozy, off the trail plateau to set up camp. Angeles noticed hoof prints all around. That night we heard ruffling bushes but assumed it was the friendly fearless deer we had met earlier. In the morning , with the soft morning light illuminating our site, we heard the loudest sores one bush away. When Scott ignited our tiny pocket rocket stove, the sound rudely awoke our snoring friends and we heard a stampede of huge elks running away from us. That cozy plateau was that elk family bedroom!!! Thank you elk family for sleeping next to us and letting us spend the night!!! Our trip was dreamy, hard work, and pushed the kids and parents to realize our bodies are amazing things and capable of so much. As we descended the last mile, sun fatigued and sore, a guy looked at me and said, “wow, you guys are a backpacking family. That’s so cool!” We did feel pretty awesome, accomplished and ready to get off the grid again soon!

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Lisa Ouillette
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BackpackingGreat!

I absolutely loved this trail! We backpacked it. Stayed in campsite 6 one night. Started from lava point campground down to the Grotto. This was my first time backpacking and we loved it! The views of the fall colors and amazing canyon were beautiful!! October 7/8 2020. WTemps were perfect. 49 up on the rim at 7300, No bugs. I’d do it again. We did 17.27 miles total.

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Evan Chudnow
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Backpacking

Epic views, but very strenuous hike if you’re starting from The Grotto (especially with a full pack). We went from Grotto to campsite 1 (beautiful) on the first day, and the elevation gain was intense with a full pack, but doable if you’re in good shape. Note that you basically have to do the elevation twice since you go back down after reaching scouts lookout. Also note that the spring near campsite one is mislabeled on this map, it’s basically right where the trail forks from West Rim Trail to Telegraph Canyon. We stayed 2 nights at campsite 7 which was beautiful as well, and we were so glad to have a day to rest and enjoy there. We hiked out to the Grotto from 7 on the last day, which had lots of downhill, but still no picnic. Overall the views are amazing, just be ready for that elevation!

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Ronan MacRunnels
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Definitely steep but not terrible, didn’t end up doing the full loop just double back for the views

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Molly Burtis
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I love that this hike can be done as an out-and-back of your making. Beautiful, epic views throughout. Cool, breezy weather. Light foot traffic. We loved this hike!

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John Stoddard
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Chris McCord
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We backpacked this 2 years ago and was surprised at how beautiful the hike was. I figured most of your scenery was going to be down the scenic drive but there are lots of great views, especially as you get closer to angels landing. We camped one night (campsite 5?). Definitely could be done as a day hike.

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chuck & lisa Alessi
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Hiking

Excellent hike today and because of the pandemic situation we ran into nobody on the trail for the first half It started to snow very lightly this morning but by noon it had stopped and the trail is completely clear to navigate and I highly recommend if you’re looking for a place to hike this is it

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Bryce Church
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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful hike! Camped at the rim yesterday night. Some snow on the way but not bad. No spikes needed to get to the spring, but would be helpful if planning to do the loop. Campsites covered in new snow.

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Weston Prince
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BackpackingMuddySnow

Absolutely breathtaking hike but with conditions currently be ready for lots of snow, ice and mud. Must have micro spikes and cold weather gear. Would suggest also some boot gaiters. If you can get to the rim trail (instead of telephone canyon) on the west side of the trail after the switchbacks for a sunset that alone is worth the trip.

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Richard Stroes
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Eric Rosenthal
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I came up from the Grotto early in the morning, in blissful solitude, and went about 1.5 miles along the West Rim trail past Scout's Landing. Hardly any other people, fantastic views and a deer and fawn grazing right by the side of the trail and totally unconcerned with my presence no more than 4 feet away. Wonderful hike. I turned around just after crossing the bridge, due to the trail at that point being completely covered in packed snow and ice. I could have continued with the right traction, or probably just chanced it without. On the way back, I could not believe the number of people coming up to Angel's Landing on a Sunday morning in January. Parking at the Grotto was full.

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Brion Armstrong
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Beautiful with the trappings of the the winter. Make sure to bring traction for your shoes as it gets icy (poles will also help). You may even be treated to Icicles crumbling down the canyon walls (so get an eye above you ). The snow at the top of the west rim is mostly calf deep and in spots thigh deep. Enjoy!

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Angela Jacks
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Hiked this Oct. 12. Shuttled to Lava Point and solo hiked to Grotto in 8 hours with frequent short breaks. AMAZING 17 miles. Views kept getting better. Changing of the leaves was spectacular although caught the tail end. NO PEOPLE on this trail. Just the 5 of us on the shuttle. Ran into 4 others. That was it until the mob at Angels Landing. Enjoyed EVERY second. Recommend Red Rock Shuttle. They were great. Temps were cold to start then got warmer. PERFECT hiking day.

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Peter Braun
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Just a wonderful hike with mega views from the grotto to cabin spring.

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Russell Spring
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Went to Lava point from the grotto across the West Rim. I spent 2 night and 3 days hiking this route. Day one Expect a big climb up to Angels Landing and another to make it to camp site 1 and the 1st water spring. The trail across the top of the rim is flat to low accent and the trail is very rocky. You can roll an ankle if not careful . Sent the 1st night at camp site 5. Day two continued across the rim pass camp site 6. Then going over potato hollow. This is will take you down and back up hill two times. Nothing as strenuous as going up the switch back at Angels landing. Stopping and topping off my water at camp site 8. Then continued on up to Lava point. The remaining accent is pretty easy and in and out of shade. After reaching the top I double back to camp site 9. Day three this is a fast day. This was an all down hill hike with the exception of potato hollow and the two small hills you will go back over. You can choose to either travel via telephone canyon to camp site one or back around the west rim to camp site 1. Decent back down the huge switch switch backs and to Angels Landing. A short steep decent off Angels to the grotto for the finish. Permits can be reserved online on the 5th if the previous month. You can also reserve a permit 24 hours before you plan to hike at the wilderness office. That opens at 7 am and there’s a line of last minute hikers as early as 6 am. Have ready your license plate, emergency contact, number of people in your group, the number of days in the wilderness, and route you plan to start and finish. My recording will show you the locations of water and camp sites. Safe travels (o.-)=b

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Nick Brooks
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Hiking

Hiked out to Little Siberia, much quieter over the back of Angel's Landing!

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Suzanne Simpson
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Backpacking

Did this trail as a top-down through hike over two days starting at Lava Point. We started with snow at Lava Point, and 17.5 miles later we were sweating in the canyon. Bring layers! Beautiful views. Trail was much muddier than we expected in some areas, especially Potato Hollow. Stayed at Campsite 2, which had easy water access but made for a long first day of hiking. As a sea-level dweller, I found Potato Hollow reasonably strenuous, but this may be routine for more seasoned mountain hikers. All in all a terrific trail if you’re new to backpacking and looking for views.

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Klaudia Alexandra
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We complete only half of this trail, because we had only one day, but it was so amazing. Far better than crowded Angels Landing. We met maybe 3 persons. The views were mind blowing. It was a little bit of snow in the higher sections in April. The hike itself was moderate to hard. Take a lot of water and snacks. One of the two best hikes we did in Utah.

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chuck & lisa Alessi
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Excellent trail to hike.few people on trail We stopped for lunch between campsite #4 & 5 The trail was wide open no snow highly recommend this hike for beauty and serenity

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Victoria Dominguez
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HikingSnow

Did this hike from The Grotto up to Campsite #1. Trail to Scouts Lookout was crowded per usual but once you pass the Angel’s Landing crowd it thins out significantly. Almost completely uphill with patches of snow about a mile past the junction. Crampons weren’t necessary but could be helpful. Trekking poles are a must to maneuver and balance through it, specially in the early morning coming back down. Dropped our packs and set up camp in site #1 (best site in my opinion) room for four small tents and in the cover of trees. Hiked the West Rim/Telephone Pole Loop, West Rim is beautiful with the best views, Telephone Pole Canyon trail gets lost in snow, crampons and Poles were absolutely necessary to make it through. Permit Station said Cabin Springs was running but dry two days ago, luckily with melting snow there is plenty of other water sources along the trail!

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