Scout Lookout Hike in Zion National Park

Nothing but up on the Scout Lookout hike but at least it's via switchbacks

I decided to head down to Utah to participate in Lifestyle Fitness Camp. Once a week we head out to hike in the stunning Zion National Park. Scout Lookout was the destination one week.

While it’s only a four-mile round-trip hike to Scout Lookout, it sure packs a punch over its short length. The vertical climb is over 1,000 feet and there are airy views to get your heart racing.

This guest post has been written by my daughter, Kristen McAdam. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a purchase via one of these links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you very much for your support.

Well-signed trails in Zion National Park
Well-signed trails in Zion National Park

Scout Lookout hike description

After an easy, flat beginning on sandy ground, the Scout Lookout trail turns to concrete and begins to wind its way up the hillside. With long switchbacks, the turns provide a great place to catch your breath and take in the scenery around you.

As the trail gets higher, you have to be more careful of the steep drop offs.

This is one popular trail!!
The Scout Lookout hike is very popular!!
Watch for steep dropoffs on the hike to Scout Lookout, Zion National Park
Watch for steep dropoffs

The trail levels out after the first steep climb allowing some time to get your heart rate back to normal – a welcome break! There were plenty of interesting rock formations along this part of the path.

Interesting rock formations, Zion National Park
Interesting rock formations

Walter’s Wiggles – the fun part on the hike to Scout Lookout

The final push is nothing but up on the famed “Walter’s Wiggles” – a series of 21 switchbacks that make sure you are challenged until the very end.

Nothing but up but at least it's via switchbacks
Nothing but up on the Scout Lookout hike but at least it’s via switchbacks

It’s all worth it though because the views from the top are outstanding.

And if you have some extra energy, you can continue on another half-mile to the top of Angel’s Landing. I’ll reserve that for another time!

Fantastic views from the Scout Lookout, Zion National Park
Fantastic views from the Scout Lookout

Where to stay in and near Zion National Park

Springdale is the closest town to Zion National Park. 

If you want a homey feel Red Rock Inn Cottages rated superb would fit the bill. It boasts a 24 hour hot tub too.

Watchman Villas offer one and two bedroom apartments and they two are rated superb.

For an upscale chain hotel (at least price wise) choose the Hampton Inn & Suites, also rated superb.

Further reading on hiking in Utah

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Scout Lookout hike in Zion National Park

 

 

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