Summary: This hike has a lot of ups. Once you get to Scout Lookout, you really should make the trek to Angel's Landing, but afterward, don't head straight down, even if you are only into climbing another 300 feet and walking an extra half mile, it is so worth it to take this as a small side jaunt. Don't let the upward path fool you. You get expansive views almost immediately once ascending. I believe the views from this trail rival those in Yosemite Valley.
Looking up at the canyon walls, one can get a sense of mystery and the age of the universe. The beauty of this trail is that most of the "Disneylanders" don't use it, so if you're like me and in Zion during the week, and have hiked early in the morning to avoid crowds, you'll share this one with no one but yourself.
Return through Walter's Wiggles and pass the multitudes.
Trailhead: Drive to Zion National Park. From the 9 North, turn left onto the Zion Canyon scenic road. From the 9 South, turn right onto the same road. Follow it to the Grotto Picnic Area. Park and start the trail.
Or if you go during Spring-Fall take the free shuttle.
After doing Angel's Landing, this trail was a lot of up, but completely worth it. I felt like Angel's Landing was a rip-off compared to the breathtaking scenery this hike has to offer. Plus, everyone is going to the landing and not here. What a bonus! (Lat:37.27531 Lon:-112.95085)
Trail Guides for Zion NP - West Rim:
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Erik Molvar and Tamara Martin (Falcon)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Ziion NP (435) 772-3256
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by sugarman on 1/10/2008
Spent 2 months in Zion working in the gift shop. This hike took the cake. Surreal colors....amazing diversity from lava point, all the way down. A boggy meadow in the desert??? Was this even the desert? Camp at site 5 if you dont go all the way thru. This is my fav. hike ever! Do not miss it.
Reviewed by Dan on 1/29/2007
The best way to do this hike is to start at Lava Point and do the full 14.2 miles back down to the main avenue of Zion NP. It does require getting dropped off and picked up, but the back part of this trail is as beautiful as it gets in Utah, and that is saying a lot. It is not really a tough hike either, because it is mostly downhill from Lava Point. If you do this in late summer, leave very early to avoid afternoon thunderstorms. There are some exposed stretches of rock that you will not be safe hiking on in that situation. I have hiked this four times, and was twice caught in thunderstorms that delayed me from continuing for up to several hours, and in one case stopped me from getting down until after dark.
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