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The Hike To Scout Lookout In Zion National Park

The Hike to Scout Lookout in Zion National Park

This guest post has been written by my daughter, Kristen McAdam. 

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

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

After an easy, flat beginning on sandy ground, the 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.

This is one popular trail!!
This is one popular trail!!

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

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

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

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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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The Hike to Scout Lookout 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

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