Looking for a great trail near Mount Carmel Junction, Utah? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Zion National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Mount Carmel Junction ranging from 1.1 to 6.7 miles and from 4,373 to 6,817 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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A few little rappels and some pools to paddle through. It's great until the confluence....then the mass crowds in the Narrows.

Great way to see Observation Point. We did the regular route last year up the hill, which is much more exciting and scenic however the end result is still the same ... pure awe at Observation Point. Be careful on the right side viewing areas, as the drop is straight down hundreds of feet. Be sure to keep any children or dogs close by as 1 slip will end badly here. Trail itself is flat, not a whole lot to see. If the other route up is open, I’d recommend that but this trail is still good for now.

our first day at zion we did this hike on a Thursday in June. the trail was flat until the last mile or so, then it was down hill, not a problem until coming back

Awesome trail. We took the east rim trail to observation point. Saw almost no one. The few people at the point came from the east Mesa trail. It took about 12 hours from the east rim trail to the point and back. Absolutely worth it. This was in June 2019.

Pretty flat hike up until the very end. This was a great way to get to observation point (the other route was closed due to fallen rocks). We didn’t love that the majority of the trail was walking through the forest, but it was still beautiful. We ended up seeing two condors while at observation point, which was awesome!

Great way to see Observation Point. Trail is nice and flat except for the end, but overall it’s not an issue. We saw lots of lizards and enjoyed the Zion forest.

The view is totally awesome. Easy hike... mostly level. The road to the trailhead was fine until the last half mile or so. There wasn't much mud... but the road has very deep ruts. Easy to see the road would be basically impassable, in a car, after a good rain. My fitness watch tells me the out and back distance was just over 8 miles and we did it in 3.5 hours. There are several very nice views waiting for you at the end of the trail. Enjoy. (did this hike the afternoon of June 1st)

You don’t know what peace is until you’re sitting at Observation Point looking out and all you hear is the wind blowing. Perfection

We did this hike to observation point since we heard how great the view was, but this was the only trail open. It’s somewhat uneventful until you get to the final view, but I’d say the view makes up for it. We had to walk. That extra half mile there and back because of the muddy road, but it seemed like everyone was in the same boat. We did this trail as our first hike in Zion, and I’d recommend doing others first and this as your last since you aren’t coming from the canyon floor so you don’t get the whole experience of being up so high. Overall, great view and would definitely make the trek if you want to check out observation point.

Currently closed due to rock fall.

private property
22 days ago

Date Hiked: 5/20/19 This way to observation point is probably not as scenic/cool as getting there from the inner canyon but it is a way to observation point none the less. We went during the crap ton of rain so the roads were impossible to get anywhere close to the trail head parking and from reading recent reviews, it looks like it is still that way. It only added 1 mile round trip so it wasn't bad. The hike was the muddiest hike I've ever done but not the worst mud I've ever been in. It is just present to whole freakin way. The trail is getting pretty trashed because of the foot traffic in this mud...But this does not take away from the spectacular views at the point. You could see the zoo of people at Angel's Landing which was cool. Lot's of chipmunks that will get in your packs looking for food. I think this route has become pretty aware to the public since the closures of other trails so I would expect to be with the rest of the world to be hiking with you if you don't get here early. If you are in Zion, I believe this one is a must do.

Did this one a few years ago. Awesome views with lots of switchbacks. A good pull up the mountain but well worth it.

road to front of trailhead was pretty muddy even on a sunny day. had a rav4 and was able to make it directly into the trailhead. park before road turns to sand/mud if concerned. To describe foot traffic saw 3 people coming down on my way up at 8am and 50+ on the way down at 12pm. this was the holiday weekend

Hiked on 5/20/19......muddy AF. Parked 0.5 mile from the trailhead. The view is incredible. If it was dry it would be a simple hike but the mud made it hard. Weeping rock was still closed

Beautiful view at the end but tricky to get there today--road in is very muddy, so we ended up parking on the side of Fir Road and walking to the trailhead. Did not see the parking area a half mile before the trailhead on the way in, but saw several cars parked in a muddy open area with a private property sign at corner of Fir Road and Beaver Road, so maybe that was it. Hike itself is mostly flat and very very muddy, slippery in parts. Took us about 3.5 hours in all. We had fun, but stressful getting there and I wouldn't try it on a rainy day.

We were directed by locals that we could park our car in the space at the intersection of Beaver and Fir but were sad to see new "No trespassing" signs everywhere there. We felt very uncertain about where to park, and in the end it was too muddy and snowy for us to do the hike. We hope to try again someday.

Did this hike a year ago and it still resonates how beautiful the view is. Not nearly as "dangerous" as Angel's Landing, but way more strenuous! If you can, and you have the car to do so if the road conditions are muddy, take the East Mesa Trail. You have to exit the park going East, but it's a way easier trail for the same view.

Great for an alternate route to Observation Point. Not as strenuous as the trail from the main park, but still gets you to the same viewpoint.

washed out
1 month ago

When I got to Zion yesterday, the trail map no longer stated that Hidden Canyon was closed so I took the bus to it. The sign was still on the trail saying it was closed but since their newspaper was updated I decided to attempt it anyway. The trail is washed out and needs repaving. There is also a sizeable rock scramble over the slidden rocks that closed the trail (photo attached). Do not attempt this. After the first set of chains, there is nowhere to go. I hope it’s reopened again soon because it’s a gorgeous trail.

1 month ago

Really fun hike! Definitely underrated - almost no one was hiking with us. Definitely worth it! There were a few spots with chain to hold onto though that were harder to stomach (not for the faint of heart).

private property
1 month ago

Did this trail on 5/14/19: First off getting to the trail is a bit of a drive, some back roads through private properties. Saw a lot of cars and people that said park .5 mile from the trailhead, but if you’re in an SUV you can make it pretty much to trail and save yourself nearly a mile round trip. For the hike itself, the overall walk took us 2hr 45min with 30 min of that at the observation point, but we were moving at a good speed. There wasn’t a ton of wildlife or views throughout the way, but there are some cool spots. As you descend down you see the canyon start to open up, and eventually you make your way down to an amazing view that makes the trek worth it. It’s truly an amazing view up there. Way back has a nice little incline, but other then that should be straight forward.

A great route to take when the normal Observation Point hike is closed. The drive to the parking area seems very remote but I think being some of the only people there was nice. The woods on the way there are very pretty to walk through. Fairly flat except for the descent down to observation point. Took about 3.5 hours total. Highly recommend!

Not too difficult of a trail to get to great views. There are interesting views all along the trail.

Hiked this on Sunday 5th May and it was amazing! Perfect weather, hardly any others on the trail, also quite flat because you start with higher elevation so definitely not as difficult as if taking the East Rim Trail. We didn't have a 4x4 so we parked in a small 'car park' area where Beaver Road and Fir Road meet, and walked the final part (maybe 0.8 miles each way) to the trailhead. Definitely recommend, especially while the East Rim Trail is closed.

Started raining 1.5 miles in so we turned around. Barely managed to get the car out of the area where the trailhead begins.

Great view point but nothing to look at until you get there

Hiked this 2 weeks back. Parked about half mile before the trailhead to avoid impassable muddy gravel road. Trail was empty all the way to ourselves. View was incredible. Dont miss this if you are ever at zion national park. Tip: Dont drive all the way to trailhead. Instead park about half mile before the trailhead toward the left.

Hiked on April 30, 2019. Road to the trailhead was very muddy. We joined the pack of cars parked 0.5 mile out from the trailhead to avoid getting stuck in the mud. THE VIEW IS INCREDIBLE. I think the best I’ve ever seen. We found some fossilized rocks along the way. Would love to come back and access the point a Weeping Rock trail when it’s open again. Whole trip took us about 3.5-4 hours with a 30-40 minute stop at the top.

Great hike for views from above Zion. As noted, when wet, you have to add about a mile to your total trip due to parking further out. We went early May and it was mostly dry, but the road was rutted out badly, so we still parked further out. The first half of the hike isn't much in way of views, just a pleasant stroll through trees and whatnot (they don't provide a ton of shade, however, so be sure to cover up or wear sunscreen). The final mile or so is the best. Probably the best way to see Zion from the top down as the elevation change is minimal and the number of people on the trail is considerably less than other ones starting from below.

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