ElevationAscent: 2,131' 649 m
Descent: -2,130' -649 m
High: 6,519' 1,987 m
Low: 4,388' 1,337 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“An awe-inspiring run leading to some of the best views in Zion National Park.”— Tom Robson
Be prepared for very steep grades, especially on East Rim Trail and the first section of East Mesa Trail. So, essentially the entire way!
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.
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