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West Rim Trail

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 4.8 (42)

A major trail leading from Zion NP's frontcountry deep into the backcountry.


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14.7

Miles

23.6

KM

87%

Runnable

7,453' 2,272 m

High

4,338' 1,322 m

Low

867' 264 m

Up

3,981' 1,214 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

78%

Max Grade (38°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the West Rim Trailhead near Lava Point and traverses across the high alpine elevation with sweeping views out into the Wildcat Canyon area for the first 6.5 miles as you drop into Potato Hollow. Next, the trail climbs out of Potato Hollow before it splits into the Telephone Canyon Trail and the West Rim Trail.

The West Rim Trail follows along the rim with views of Phantom Valley and the canyons to the south. Although it is a little scary to run so close to precipitous drop-off, this trail is well worth the journey. The views across Right Fork Canyon are astounding.

These include:
  • Church Mesa
  • Inclined Temple
  • Ivins Mountain
  • and Greatheart Mesa

Near its southern terminus, this trail passes the famed Angel's Landing run. This is not to be missed!

Flora & Fauna

The park has more than a 1,000 species of plants ranging from tall, graceful cottonwoods growing along the river to towering pines and firs shading the higher elevations. Prickly pears, cholla, and yucca are among Zion's desert-adapted plants. The hanging gardens support brilliantly-colored Zion shooting-stars, scarlet monkeyflowers, and Western and golden columbines. This trail traverses multiple ecosystems and therefore highlights much of the ecological diversity in the park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Chad Caton

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 42 votes

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#1

in Lava Point

#3

in Utah

#27

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Photos

Looking down over the trail to Angels Landing.
Dec 19, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The West Rim Trail never disappoints.
Apr 27, 2017 near Springdale, UT
On the way up
Oct 12, 2017 near Springdale, UT
First set of switch backs.
Jan 15, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Angel's Landing
Feb 4, 2015 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park
Oct 2, 2017 near Springdale, UT

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Feb 3, 2020
Liz Roux
12mi
Apr 18, 2019
Glenn glenncaffery@gmail.com
very crowded until just past angels landing. go early. mostly concrete under foot on slopes, but still beautiful, stunning really. 16mi
Apr 21, 2017
Ana Hinz
Started at the Grottos Trailhead, and went about 5.5 miles. REALLY nice once you get past the Angel's Landing turnoff. Stunning scenery!