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“Very strenuous but the view is worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Observation Point

Observation Point
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Owner description: This overlook provides a great view of southern Zion Canyon if you're willing to climb the 2200 feet of elevation to get there.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Very strenuous but the view is worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is one of the most strenuous day hikes in Zion, but the view is unbeatable. Even the spectacular Angel's Landing is viewable from the point. The hike starts at weeping rock and splits away from the East Rim trail. It is hot and steep, with daunting switchbacks you can see across the canyon from Angel's Landing. And it's long for a dayhike--8 miles. So bring plenty of sunscreen and water

Visited June 2014
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“Strenuous but enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

We only intended to walk to the slot canyons but kept on as the walk was so interesting and we had all the right gear and water with us. Took about 2 hours 20 mins for the ascent which included lots of photo and water stops. Up hill ALL the way across rocky terrain over steep paths, rocks etc. well worth the. Jew down the valley from the top. 2 hours to get down again including even more photo stops as the sun had moved and was lighting up the slot canyons. Definitely go early morning as it's a hot climb.

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McLean, Virginia
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“The Best View of Zion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This is by far one of the more strenuous hikes in Zion National Park.

You climb 2148 feet up over 3.5 miles - only the last half mile is semi-flat as you near the Point.
This is a very strenuous hike that requires plenty of water - not a water bottle please - and good hiking shoes. Going up is tough - coming down is also difficult.

The hike trail winds up the face of an adjacent mountain and switches back and forth as you make your way up the side of the mountain next to Observation Point. Expect to take several stops along the steepest parts of the trail. The altitude starts at 4370 feet and you level off at 6508. Doing that math over 3.5 miles means you go up roughly 700 feet per mile.

Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a view of all of Zion - undoubtedly the best view in all of the park. Angel's Landing can be seen far below on the right and all of the major canyons of Zion light up from Observation Point.

We also experienced a rain shower which with all the thunder was an interesting side show to experience. Pay the $1.98 and carry a pocket plastic raincoat just for such occurrences.

If you have a fear of heights, the trail is pretty safe although there are no guardrails anywhere along the path. Expect to find lots of small rocks strewn along the path which means a good pair of hiking shoes is needed. If you think you can do this hike in flip flops, think again. Be prepared.

I love Zion's statement about safety - Your Safety is Your Responsibility.

If you like to hike, are reasonably fit, this is THE hike in Zion. It is tough but the reward at the end is worth the climb.

Visited June 2014
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“A nice place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

All the park has great views, the crying wall, the riverside walk, even the emerald pools and the diffucult to walk up paths!!! It deserves a day to walk around it. If you're travelling fron Las Vegas-Salt Lake City to Yellowstone, you can make a day off there!!!

Visited July 2013
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Boone, North Carolina
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“Wonderful views and flora”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Observation Point looks down on Angels Landing and down the Zion Canyon. The view is magnificent (and the chipmunks exceptionally aggressive). The trail moves through a very interesting mix of settings: slot canyon, rocky outcrops, sandy benches with blooming cactuses and wildflowers, and switchbacks with steep drop offs. It is a long hike up with considerable vertical gain. Mr friend and I, however, hiked in from the National Park boundary on the East Mesa Trail by booking a shuttle through Red Rocks Shuttle. That three-mile hike is fairly flat, through scrub forest and on sandy trails. On the walk down the Observation Point Trail to the Grotto, we were able to enjoy the views, rocks, and flora. The first switch backs down do have steep drop offs that may have you hugging the rock walls.

Visited May 2014
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