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Hike and make the steep climb to Observation Point in Zion National Park and be rewarded with spectacular views of the park from high above. The hike is fairly challenging, following a maintained path that climbs steep terrain surrounded with major drop offs at various points. Enjoy the sight of Zion Canyon as you climb through the iconic Navajo sandstone that the region is famous for. Continue through Echo Canyon, a deep gorge where you can appreciate more breathtaking views of the sandstone landscape. Once at the top, look down on the stone walls of the canyon, and notice the other peaks surrounding you. A visit to Observation Point represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Zion National Park itinerary site to plot your vacation.
Observation Point reviews
I did this hike ten days ago. It is not doable from the Weeping Rock trailhead due to rock fall. We did it from east side. 4x4 is needed to get to the trailhead due to winter conditions. It was worth.... more
I did this hike ten days ago. It is not doable from the Weeping Rock trailhead due to rock fall. We did it from east side. 4x4 is needed to get to the trailhead due to winter conditions. It was worth.... more »
I would say that this is one of the bucket list hikes in the park. Spectacular views (very much like a Grand Canyon type of view) . Angels Landing is in the foreground when you're at the point...
I would say that this is one of the bucket list hikes in the park. Spectacular views (very much like a Grand Canyon type of view) . Angels Landing is in the foreground when you're at the point... more »
Easy hike from the east side of the park by Zion Ponderosa. This overlook is actually higher than angels landing and allows you to see the entire valley. Our visit was early Nov which is not too hot..... more
Easy hike from the east side of the park by Zion Ponderosa. This overlook is actually higher than angels landing and allows you to see the entire valley. Our visit was early Nov which is not too hot..... more »
The first 2 miles are just a mellow path through the woods, but there are some secret viewpoints and then of course, Observation Point, which is spectacular and worth the effort. Parking can be tricky. Search for "HikingGuy Observation Point Zion" for a video and full guide on the hike.
The hike up the East Mesa Trailhead was pretty unremarkable, but boy oh boy when you first lay eyes on Zion at Observation Point it truly takes your breath away! Well worth the hike and our first adventure as we came into Zion from the east. (6-10-21)
This is a strenuous trail. I’m not professional in hiking. I just do it for fun sometimes cuz we live in Dallas, TX - where is pretty flat. Ok so I decided to hike to the Observation Point. I started at at 2pm. It took us 3.5 hours to get to the top. I stayed there around 45 mins and got back. On the way go up, I only saw people coming down. When I got to the top, we thought we were the only people there. Fortunately, there were three other Canadian guys showed up. It turned dark and we five went down as a group. It was scary. No lights, steep trail, and we ran out of water & food. My toes was hurt. 2 hours got down at 8pm. Then our hope ended, there was no shuttle operation. We were at Weeping Rock (station 7) and walked to the station 5 which is the Zion Lodge (45 mins). We were happy when saw lights and people. There were a guy live there and took us to the parking lot at visitor center. God bless him! That’s been my best experience ever! Before hiking this trail, please remember: 1. Start it early - not like me. 2. Bring more water & food - don’t underestimate. 3. Read the shuttle schedule. 4. Bring flash lights. 5. Equipe good hiking shoes. 6. Group with other people when it turns dark. Hope you enjoy the breathtaking view! At least I had a great view of the Milky way on the way down :)
Not a super strenuous hike, and incredible views. Some of the best in Zion. There’s a shuttle in the morning if you don’t want to make the rugged drive to the trailhead.
Great hike! East Mesa trail runs from the canyon floor to one of the highest points in Zio. The lower portion is a steep hike out of the canyon. Turn offs to Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon. Echo Canyon is a cool short slot canyon then you are exposed all the way to the point (~2 miles) Some steep drop offs through switch backs up face to the rim. Rim path is fairly wide. Incredible view of the valley. Looks down on Angels Landing! We did it in about 5:30 in 103 degree temperature... almost turned around several times... but we made it! Went through about 5.5 liters of water b/w 3 of us.
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