East Rim Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Washington County, Utah. It is within Zion National Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 4,365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,151 feet. Near the trailhead there are a meadow, restrooms, parking, and a wood. Weeping Rock and another meadow can be seen along the trail. There are also a wetland and cliffs along the trail.
East Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike or short backpack from Zion’s East Entrance over a high plateau to intersect the Observation Point Trail. Hikers can complete the East Rim Trail in a long day, or undertake it as a backpack with an overnight stay atop the plateau or in the upper reaches of Echo Canyon. The trail starts in the arid slickrock country near the East Entrance and then climbs atop a wooded plateau for some excellent views before wandering away from the rim. Spectacular scenery accompanies the trail during its descent through Echo Canyon."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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