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The Reward - A Grand View From Observation Point

Conquer Fears on the Hike to Observation Point in Zion

My fitness is improving while I spend time at the LifeStyle Fitness Camp in Utah so I decided it was worth trying a hike that’s a bit tougher. I had seen Observation Point in Zion high above me when I was at Scout Lookout so I decided that was the hike to try next.

The hike to Observation Point in Zion is 8 miles round-trip. If you’re doing it on the heat of the summer be sure to take lots of water and wear a sunhat. 

Where the hike to Observation Point in Zion starts

The hike starts off at the Weeping Rock Trailhead. You can take a really quick diversion on a short trail to see Weeping Rock where water flows out of the mountainside.

Initially the trail winds its way up along switchbacks helping you gain elevation quickly. If you get up there early enough you can start to watch the morning light hit the hills across the valley.

Watching the sun move across the rock hiking Observation Point Zion National Park
Watching the sun move across the rock
Nothing but up but at least it's via switchbacks
Nothing but up but at least it’s via switchbacks
This is one popular trail!!
This is one popular trail!!
Could you handle this exposure on the hike to Observation Point?
Could you handle this exposure on the hike to Observation Point?

After the first climb – the trail starts to weave its way back taking you through a small slot canyon. The trail is flat for a short time which is well appreciated at this point. And you’re attention is kept captive by the cool rock formations.

Wild rock formations on the way up to Observation Point
Wild rock formations on the way up to Observation Point

The trail begins heading upward again. On this section I spotted a deer peering down at me.

Lone deer checking me out
Lone deer checking me out

The scary part of the Observation Point hike

As you continue the climb you can see views of the back end of Zion National Park. Once you get closer to the highest point of the trail, you start to cut across the cliffside.

This section can be a little trying for those scared of heights. I found myself using my hands to block my left peripheral view. I didn’t want to look down and I was too nervous to stop much on this section so I don’t think this shot quite captures the worst sections. But it does give you a sense of the drop offs.

Cliffside section en route to Observation Point
If you’re scared of heights don’t look down in this section
Superlative views of the valley
Superlative views of the valley

The hike then meanders on a more level path across the hill top over to Observation Point. The climb is beyond worth it when you see this view!

The reward - a grand view from Observation Point
The reward – a grand view from Observation Point

The trip round trip took me 3 hours and 15 minutes including time to eat a snack and take in the view at the top. I absolutely loved and highly recommend this hike.

Exercise caution and choose the right conditions
Exercise caution and choose the right conditions

Information about the hike

  • It’s 8 miles round-trip.
  • The total elevation gain is 2,100 feet.
  • The elevation at Observation Point is 6,521 feet.
  • Allow 4 -6 hours to do the return hike.
  • Carry the 10 hiking essentials.

Further reading on hiking in Utah

Note: This is a guest post from my daughter Kristen McAdam.

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The hike to Observation Point in Zion National Park

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Such a perfect place for adventure! My sister also have same obsession for being outdoor.. You are such a brave and extreme woman. 😉

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