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Observation Point

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer out and back
69% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,131' 649 m
Descent: -2,130' -649 m
High: 6,519' 1,987 m
Low: 4,388' 1,337 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

An awe-inspiring run leading to some of the best views in Zion National Park.

Tom Robson

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

Overview

This steep and strenuous route takes runners from ~4,000' all the way to 6,500' in the short span of 3 miles. Though difficult, this run culminates at one of the best viewpoints in Zion - Observation Point.

Be prepared for very steep grades, especially on East Rim Trail and the first section of East Mesa Trail. So, essentially the entire way!

Need to Know

Best in late spring and fall, the Observation Point route typically has deep snow in the winter that can remain until late spring. During the summer months this run can get very hot and dry. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen, regardless of time of year.

Runner Notes

This run is very exposed to the sun and occasional large drop-offs - be sure to bring water and a steady stride.

Description

Starting from the Weeping Rock Trailhead take Weeping Rock Trail heading south, then make a right to join East Rim Trail. From here, East Rim heads straight up a slot in Zion Canyon, directly across from Angel's Landing, so the views are spectacular.

Continue up the canyon, past Hidden Canyon Trail on your right, and all the way to an intersection with East Mesa Trail. All the while ascending some incredibly steep switchbacks with little to no respite from the sun.

Once at the intersection with East Mesa Trail, turn left. Starting from East Rim Trail, East Mesa climbs very steeply, switchbacking multiple times until it eventually contours south of a small mesa. Once the trail levels off, all of the hard stuff is done.

After contouring along this smaller mesa, head left onto Observation Point Trail. The trail works its way out to the edge of the canyon rim and offers absolutely astounding panoramic views of the canyon. You'll have clear views of Angel's Landing to the southwest, while the Great White Throne will be in sight due south.

Flora & Fauna

The wet riparian communities give way to the pinyon-juniper community, a desert forest full of life. These slow growing evergreens are both cold and drought tolerant, supporting a diversity of wildlife to rival the riparian areas. Juniper trees, being more drought tolerant, dominate the transition zone between the lowland communities and the pinyon-juniper forests.

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Sep 9, 2018
Matt Shapiro
6.8mi
Jun 6, 2018
Miguel Casas
Mar 27, 2018
Dave Scott
Great condition but crowded!
May 8, 2017
Bill Mann
Jan 8, 2017
Kat Morrow
Aug 5, 2016
Mike Harrelson
2h 51m

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 148 votes

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in East Zion

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Photos

Traverse Echo Canyon's tunnel of color along the East Rim Trail.
Mar 18, 2017 near Springdale, UT
View from Observation Point
Feb 18, 2015 near Springdale, UT
Observation Point final view.
Jun 12, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Observation Point
Jun 7, 2016 near Springdale, UT
View of Angel's Landing
Feb 10, 2015 near Springdale, UT
In Echo Canyon
Feb 4, 2015 near Springdale, UT

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