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"EAST RIM TRAIL" East Rim Tip by mtncorg

East Rim, Zion National Park: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Zion Canyon from top of East Rim trail
by mtncorg

3.6 miles and 2150 feet of elevation gain gets you atop Observation Point - 6507 feet - for a jaw-dropping view over Zion Canyon. The trail begins from Weeping Rock, so named for the cliffside spings which drip over an overhang you walk by. Pushing on through the beautiful narrow Echo Canyon, you scenically work your way out of the canyon until you reach a plateau for the final 1/2 mile to the viewpoint. Guidebooks mention 7 hours for the hike though that seems rather generous. You should think about doing this hike in the early morning hours though as it get rather warm up there. From the top you can pick out many of the features of Zion Canyon. The Great White Throne is straight across from you; Angel's Landing is but a bump far below.

There is little solitude on this or any other trail in Zion Canyon. Regardless, this is one of those trails you must do. The view over the canyon from atop is grandeurous with a capital 'G'! The trail is actually cement most of the way up - maybe to avoid erosion and/or because of the innumerable pairs of feet that tread this trail. It is like the trail up Yosemite Falls, the Plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise, or the long winding way to the top of Mt Whitney in California - one of those trails that will sear in your memory the glories that await you in the Wild; even if you have to share the experience:-]

Address: ZNP, SR9, Springdale, UT 84767-1099
Directions: Kolob Canyons entrance is gained from I-15, exit 40. I-15 passes west of Park connecting with UT-9 and 17 to Park. US-89 passes east connecting with UT-9. Zion Canyon Visitor Center is a short distance from Park's South Entrance adjacent to Springdale.
Phone: (435) 772-3256

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2005
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