East Rim Trail, Zion Canyon

Cedar City, Utah 84720

East Rim Trail, Zion Canyon

East Rim Trail, Zion Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Zion National Park is probably the best all around hiking area in the state of Utah. The trails here are very popular, so if it is solitude you are looking for this is the wrong place. But you will certainly find plenty of breathtaking scenery and interesting geological formations.

The East Rim Trail, especially when walked in the direction suggested here, is a very pleasant way to sample what Zion has to offer. Very little climbing is required, the temperatures are not extreme, and the scenery just keeps getting better and better all the way to the end."

East Rim Trail, Zion Canyon Reviews

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This is a very interesting hike thata covers most of the different topographies of southern Utah. The trail begins just a few yards west of the east portal to Zion National Park. This first mile or so is along an old mining/forest trail. The trail then follows a creek bed and slowly climbs to the top of the plateau that is above the Zion canyon area. The first 6-7 miles of the hike is pretty easy going with mostly level pine tree alpine or open meadow area. Then the going gets extremely rough for the next 1-2 miles until you join the Observation Point trail. The trail is all downhill from here, through Echo Canyon and down the switchbacks to the Observation Point/Weeping Wall trailhead.
The Hidden Canyon Trail was fantastic. It is not for anyone affraid of heights. The views are sensational. There are some parts of the trail that have narrow passages and chains are provided to hold on to in order for avoid falls. I would like to return to Utah some day.

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Trail Information

Cedar City
Nearby City
1,190 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
10 hours
Late spring through mid-fall
5,720 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,500 feet
Top Elevation
Zion National Park
Local Contacts
Temple of Sinawava (USGS), Clear Creek Mountain (USGS), Springdale East (USGS), The Barracks (USGS)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018