Observation Point - Zion
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Observation Point - Zion

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When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

To escape the heat, spring and fall are the best times for hiking. In summer, it is oven-like and can get well above 100°F (38°C) and on the other side thunderstorms occur. If you go in midsummer avoid long hikes. Snow and ice can be an issue in winter unless that's what you’re looking for but mind, half of the annual rainfall comes during the winter.

This trail is not as popular as Angels Landing or The Narrows, the reason that it's less busy. However, start early to get shade along the exhausting switchbacks.

Avoiding Tourist Crowds:
Peak months are June to August. Fewer hikers in spring and fall. Very quiet in December, January, February but bear in mind road or trails can be closed. However, you can avoid crowds year-round by starting your hike or exploration right after sunrise. At that time, you’ll have the park almost for yourself. Most visitors don’t start before 10 a.m.

In the morning, there is also a better chance of spotting wildlife and the best light for photos.

From March to October you have to take the shuttle bus, cars are not permitted. From November to February you can park your car at a small parking lot at the trailhead. The scenic drive in Zion can be closed at weekends in February and shuttle bus transportation has to be taken. Check shuttle bus schedule for each season first, includes maps and hiking trail information.

In May, high chance for spectacular wildflowers along the trail, especially in Echo Canyon.

Sweet Spot Months:
The best months with usually good weather and less crowds than during peak months are: March/April and October/November.

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Where and Tips

Springdale
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A majestic view of Zion Canyon and discovering millions of years of the power of water.
Your trek will begin at the "Weeping Rock" trail head. There are several side trips on this route,
you first come to Weeping Rock... as you continue on you come the split off to Hidden Canyon and then onward to Observation Point and a grand view of the valley below, with amazing views of Angels Landing, Deer Trap and Cable Mountains and an aerial view of the Virgin River that makes this destination all possible.

The trail is 8 miles almost 13 km long, 2,120 feet almost 650 meter of elevation and takes 4-6 hours. Observation Point is 6,508 feet almost 2.000 meter high. The first part of the trail is paved. Hiking pools for the strenuous zigzagging ascent are helpful. Observation Point is more than 700 feet higher than Angels Landing.

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Comments

Micha

Zion, one of my favorite National Parks in the world. Did you hike to Angels Landing or the Narrows? We did Kolob Arch once.

hike2live

Hi Micha, Yes I did climb angels landing. I swore I wasn't going to because of the huge crowds of people that were doing it... but one morning I got a super early start before the crowd and got to the top alone for about a half hour.. it was awesome ! It can be really treacherous going up and down those chain on that little knife edge to the top..
Did you climb it?

Micha

Unfortunately not. We had been twice in Zion, once in 1999 and one year later. Both years in May and June. At this time it was difficult to plan a tour, to find the best hikes and spots with less developed internet. Like the water level of the Narrows was too high.

Sarah1

hike2live: How early do you need to start climbing Angels Landing to be alone at the top?

hike2live

Hi Sarah, I started my hike that day @ 6am. It was my last day and I had planned on just getting to the Grotto trail head to stroll in the valley but I realized i was very alone I made the decision.

Chris

Beautiful hike with bearable temperatures in April. The peak was a bit crowded but more people in the narrows.

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