Observation Point is a difficult hike that is rewarded with views from the rim of Zion Canyon. After the long ascend from the canyon floor, the top of Zion as a dissected plateau. From Observation Point, spectacular views of The Great White Throne, the cable works above Cable Mountain & the impressive Red Arch Mountain await. Perhaps the best view is across the Virgin River, looking down onto Angel's Landing.
Zion Canyon from East Rim Trail
Looking Down at Angel's Landing from Observation Point
Finding the Trailhead - The trail starts at the Weeping Rock shuttle stop on Zion Canyon Road.
Overview - The trail starts by climbing a series of steep switchbacks. Less than a mile up is a sign marking the Hidden Canyon trail that branches off to the right. Continue on the main trail below the smooth face of Cable Mountain. From here, looking down shows a clear view of the switchbacks painfully climbed. The trail then enters Echo Canyon. Here is a chance to rest in the shade as the trail crosses the wash of Echo Canyon (Exploring Echo Canyon is not recommend, as it is narrow & usually filled with cold, stagnant water). From here, the trail climbs out of the canyon giving great views as the walls drop sharply. Ahead more switchbacks climb the white cliff formations. The end of the switchbacks is moderately exposed as the first views of Zion Canyon from the rim appear. The trail levels out & turns sandy as hiking the last mile along the rim. Once at Observation Point, enjoy the 270- degree view of Zion & possibly the best view of Angels's Landing.
Comments - When leaving Observation Point, take a short detour to the north west rim. It offers great views of the Narrows entering Zion Canyon.
Trail Fun Facts - A marker from the USGS shows the Observation Point elevation at 6,508.
USGS Marker atop Observation Point