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This hike is a slice of heaven. To us it was a combination of several different hikes we have been on together. My husband an I are pretty fit, my husband far more than myself(he could leave me in the dust) and we made it up to Observation point in 2 hours. That’s including several photo op stops and stops to take in the scenery. We absolutely enjoyed the scenery and views on the way up far more as opposed to the actual observation point. It was sort of anticlimactic for us. We made it down in about 1.5hrs, the inclines are pretty intense going up which makes for a pretty crazy decline on the way down. We chose to wear our running shoes but I suggest hiking shoes or boots with better absorption for the decline, my knees definitely felt the impact on the way down. I do suggest starting as early as you can, watching the sun shift throughout the trail and light up the rocks was stunning and not to mention we were primarily in shade for most of the hike. We started at 0800. And the crowds were far less earlier than what we saw coming down at 11am. Fair warning, there is no warm up to the incline, you just get thrown right into the huffin and puffin. Enjoy!

Initially, I was looking forward to hiking “Angels Landing” or “Narrows” trails at Zion Canyon, but both were closed. Angels is closed indefinitely and Narrows closed due to flooding.

My hiking bestie and I decided to hike to “Observation Point.” We hopped in our car and left Las Vegas at 7:45am PST. We soon realized we lost an hour due to the time change into MST. We arrived in Zion at 11:30am (stopped once for a restroom break). The hike to Observation Point starts at “Weeping Rock Trailhead.” There’s a mandatory $35 entrance fee to get into the park - but it’s good for 7 days. Just a heads up, you can purchase an annual pass for $50. Parking at the trailhead is very limited so you’ll be more than likely be forced to park in town (the closest parking lot to the Zion Canyon shuttle (green shuttle) pick up will cost you $30). If you decide to park further away, it will only cost you $20 but you’ll have to take the town shuttle (brown shuttle) first before taking the Zion Canyon shuttle. Rather than waiting for two shuttles, we opted to pay the extra $10 and wait for the Zion Canyon shuttle. To avoid the crowds and waiting in an excruciatingly long line for the shuttle, I recommend getting there early as possible since we waited about half an hour for the shuttle. Be prepared to wait in the scorching hot sun - it felt like waiting in line for a ride at Disneyland. Not fun at all. The shuttles are not air conditioned and they pack as many people on as they can. So you may be one of the unlucky ones sans a seat.

Once you’re on the shuttle, it’s about a 20 minute ride to the 7th stop to Weeping Rock Trailhead. From there, you immediately begin the grueling hike as it doesn’t waste any time gaining elevation zigzag-ing up the east side of the Zion Canyon. It was almost 1pm by the time we actually started the hike. We made it to the top in roughly an hour 45 minutes. Round trip, it took us about just over 3 hours. I consider us to be above average fitness levels. I’m sure my hiking partner could have made it to the top sooner but I definitely had to take a few water breaks because it was so hot - 100 degrees!

The trail is definitely “strenuous but worth it” as described online. Just before getting top, it does level out a bit. With that said, be prepared for a rather steady elevation gain for most of the hike. I recommend bringing at least 3 liters of water, pack some light snacks, change of clothes, sunglasses and sun block.

The view at “observation point” is absolutely stunning - photos and videos do no justice whatsoever. It’s nice to finally be able to check Zion Canyon off my bucket list. So worth it! From the towering red rock, to the lush greenery, formidable landscape and to the breath taking views at the top, the observation point trail at Zion Canyon is an unforgettable and epic experience. Highly recommended!

Awesome but strenuous hike. The view is incredible. Get there early and bring as much water as you can carry. Bring electrolytes as well. Two hikers had to be rescued by search and rescue. One guy had severe disabling cramps, the other got heatstroke. I do not recommend this hike for kids or for novice hikers.

Tough hike in the sun and heat but worth it.

This is a trail of many varied sections but ultimately you're climbing 80% of the way to the observation point.

We started hiking at 9am, got there at 11.30 with plenty of stops. We had lunch and it took us just under 2 hours to return (plenty stops). We were family with 10, 13 and 15 year old kids.

Main issue is sun and heat. It would be a moderate hike if it was cool.

View from the top is incredible. Overlooking angel's landing is quite something.

Highly recommended.

I would not consider this hike strenuous at all. It's a lot of switchbacks so the ascent doesn't seem that hard. The views along the way are awesome. Just be sure to bring lots of water and go early to avoid the heat of the day and crowds. We did this hike since Angels landing was closed and I'm glad we did.

Amazing views and all, but make sure you go earlier in the morning because once it’s hot, all those zig zags feel like they’re never ending. It’s not really a hard trail like the park officials say, it’s just really long and feels hard when it’s really hot. There’s also no way it’s 8 miles round trip because if you include all the zig zags and turns you make, it’s probably going to add up to 10-12, which explains the 6 hour hike. Also if you hike this trail, plan to bring at least 2 bottles of water per person because I thought I could survive with 1, but I barely got by.

Absolutely loved this hike. In truth, we didn’t research the hike and it was a bit more strenuous than we expected! However definitely worth it. The views at the top are incredible.

Great hike with stunning views along the entire trail. The many switchbacks help ease the strain. The last mile is a nice rolling stroll with canyon views so don’t give up! It took us 1:45 to reach Observation Point with many photo stops along the way. I also recommend grabbing the shuttle early to beat the heat and crowds.

My husband and I are new to hiking and this was our first major hike. And it was amazing! Not always easy, but with enough rest and water certainly doable. I do recommend in the summer taking the first bus into Zion (06.00) and starting your hike at 06.30. This way you will be in the shade all the way to the top. After 09.00 there is barely any shade and it will be hot.

Stunning views and a very tough physical hike.
The heat of the day (95 degrees) made it a great challenge.

Awesome! Tough but awesome and worth it!

Amazing hike! You get the best of everything! Great views going up! Echo canyon was great for pictures and a good reprieve from the sun! The view at the top was mind blowing! Better than Angel's Landing

Best view in Zion. Go early and take plenty of water. This trail is definitely moderate and can even be hard for people with low activity levels. I would do it again.

One of the best hkes in the park. Trumps Angel's Landing EASILY. You go 50% higher, with the best view in the park. Much more varied hike, and it's really quite easy for someone used to the mountains. It's only 800 m elevation gain (a family walk in the European Alps), done mostly in switchbacks, so you climb fast with rewarding views. I just wished they didn't pave it, but too many visitors I guess. Beautiful mustard colored rocks when you go behind the main canyon, there's also a slot canyon you go through. And the crowds go to Angel's Landing because they don't know any better, so you'll share the view only with a few people. The moderate rating is accurate, there's nothing difficult to this. I know in American parks they tend to try and scare people off with their "strenuous, difficult" ratings, because too many out of shape tourists try to do this (like going to the Grand Canyon bed and back) but really you don't need to be an athlete. The views and the terrain are gorgeous enough they will fuel your ascent.

We started hiking that trail at 3 PM with a temperature of 90 degrees +. Awful idea! We almost didn’t make it to the top. But we did finish the trail, and oh boy, what a magnificient view! Highly recommended, but start hiking this one early in the morning.

I’ve been too Zion a few times but this trail is tough but the views are breathtaking and well worth all the zigzags. It has become my favorite in Zion

This is an amazing hike with awesome views.

Picked this trail as it was labeled as moderate, for being my first long hike it was quite tough. The incline was definitely challenging, make sure to take as many breaks as needed and take enough water...we took a gallon each and ran out on our way down, it was a very hot day as well. The views at the end are totally worth it, took 3 hours to get to the top and 1.45 to get down. We also started at 3 pm which was not so helpful being that the temperature was almost to 100 degrees.

4 miles up and 4 miles down with a ton of switchbacks along the way. Definitely start early on hot days. We made the mistake of getting to Zion at 12:30pm on a Saturday and had to pay an additional $22 to park at Springdale. Take the shuttle to stop 7 (takes an additional 30 mins). Getting through the East entrance to the visitors center to the trailhead took about 1.5-2hrs one way. The hike up is a steady incline. Back down is a bit tough on the legs. Terrain changes throughout the trail. Took us 2 hours up and 1 hr down, but we are in pretty good shape. The park suggests 6 hours for the hike.

it's 8 miles round trip up some very steep inclines. the terrain isn't challenging - just the altitude and inclines made it a tough day hike. the view at the end was totally worth it! bring more water than you think you'll need. several people ran out, and it's a long way back!

Both physically and mentally challenging, yet highly rewarding! Steady 4 mile climb up, a couple of steep switchbacks which might be challenging if heights are a problem for you, but the pathways are wide enough to easily pass or walk side by side, and there is never a point where there are drop-offs on both sides. We started around 8:15 am and enjoyed shade until around the 2 mile point, where the sun became nearly unavoidable. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat! As a crew of ladies with an average to above average level of fitness we were able to complete the 8 miles in around 5 hours including breaks and photo opportunities. The view from the top is worth the climb!

Did this hike instead of Angel’s Landing as that was closed. View is absolutely stunning! Is not technically challenging, but is a steady climb for 4 miles. Leave early to get some shade for the first part of the hike - we started a little before 10am and got shade on some of the way up, but hardly any on the way down. Took us about 2 hrs up and 1.5 down.

If you’re going in the summer start as early as possible to beat the sun. We started around 830-9 and by the time we reached the second section of switchbacks it was super hot with no shade at times. Took two hours to reach the top. Overall not as difficult as I had expected. Definitely worth it.

Better be in shape for the climb. But the views are definitely worth the effort!

Gorgeous. Hiked in late May. Definitely do-able, challenging but can be done for all (saw all sorts of people on the trial.) gorgeous view at the end.... little lengthy, but do it. :)

This hike was not on our to do list while visiting Zion but after learning of some closures due to recent flash floods we decided to do this one. We started out about 9:30 in the morning...the entire hike without a doubt is strenuous even for our family with moderately physical active lives. The hike up took us about 2 hours and hike back down was about one and a half hours. The views are amazing and we are glad we did this.

Spectacular hike! I would rate this hike moderate. The views of the Valley and Angels Landing were unforgettable. This was the best hike we did in Zion.

Stunning views throughout the entire hike and culminates with a vista overlooking the Virgin River Gorge down the heart of Zion!!

Pretty busy when I started the hike just after noon, but it wasn’t overly hot. For those wondering about the “falling danger” listed by NPS, the trail is plenty wide (6ish feet wide) when there is a drop off. Due to some of the rocks and sand on the trail, there are points when hikers going opposite directions will have to give way, but these choke points are few. This hike is a must do if you visit Zion!

This hike was breathtaking! We set out on the trail at 2:00 pm and we’re pretty worried about the heat. It was 98 degrees with no cloud cover. The first 2 miles of the hike are a constant uphill and at some points I thought I wanted to turn around. There is a wonderful slot canyon that you walk through that is fairly flat. And then it is uphill for about another mile before you reach the top and walk over to the observation point. So many beautiful sceneries and the views from the top are incredible. You look over Angels Landing. Gorgeous. Not too crowded, there were many spots with shade as well. We also lucked out with some cloud cover about half way through! We were done with our hike at 5:15.

Planned to hike Hidden Canyon but on the shuttle bus I learned that it had been closed that morning due to flash flood damage. I was a little short on time but decided to try to get to Observation Point with enough time to get back down and get back to the house by lunch. I’m so glad I did. What an amazing hike. Starts out steep up some switchbacks and then enters a slot canyon. Then there are more switchbacks and the trail wraps around the cliffs. There are a few more switchbacks and then the trail pretty much straightens our until the end. The views up top are stunning.

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