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Observation Point

A hike to the highest point in Zion National Park
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8.1 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water—preferably a backpack with a water reservoir—and some protein bars or other snack that you can enjoy at the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Trailhead

This is the area where the park's shuttle system drops you off for both the Weeping Rocks and Observation Point Trail. There are bathrooms here.

About a half mile from the trailhead, the trail meets a junction that goes to the Weeping Rock. This can be a side trip on the way back.

3. Switchbacks begin

Much of the way to the plateau is a series of switchbacks.

The Hidden Canyon Trail makes a right here while the Observation Point Trail continues to the left. You can see how well the NPS has the trail marked.

5. Echo Canyon

This is a delightful slot canyon. When water levels are high in the creek, you may have to do some creek crossing here. It was dry in September.

There is a small bridge to cross any water. Some of the trail is close to drop offs, but it should pose no problem to any hikers.

6. Halfway

This is about the halfway point where a side trail comes in from the East Entrance.

7. View

The wonderful canyon you see on the back side of the switchbacks.

8. Final switchbacks

These final switchbacks are absolutely stunning! If there is anyone who has issues with exposure, it may evidence itself in this area. The three photos are from the trail going up and then two looking back from Observation Point—one on extreme telephoto.

Don't you feel great for having conquered this hike?

9. Side trail

The park boundary trail comes in from the right. Stay to your left.

This is one of the most amazing views. Look down toward Angels Landing. Enjoy the sweeping vista that is the main section Zion National Park. There are antelope ground squirrels who hang out here looking for handouts from hikers. Take some photos, have a snack, and just enjoy.

As you pass hikers coming up, some having difficulty, you'll have... More