West Rim Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Washington County, Utah. It is within Zion National Park. It is 14.4 miles long and begins at 7,470 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,214 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Campsite 3, Campsite 1, and Campsite 4 camp sites can be seen along the trail. There is also a cliff along the trail.
West Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A long day hike or backpack along the top of the Horse Pasture Plateau from Lava Point to the floor of Zion Canyon. This route is the most popular backpacking trail in Zion National Park, featuring easy access to remote country with striking vistas throughout the hike. Reservations for wilderness campsites are often completely booked, so book your campsite in advance. The trail follows the top of the Horse Pasture Plateau, often skirting close to the rims to reveal views of the canyons and monoliths to the west."
--Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"The trail drops down a large cliff through a series of switchbacks carved in the sandstone, passes beneath the cliffs of Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain to the south. Veering south, you walk across the top of a very narrow ridge to Scout Lookout. From here you can look down to the Zion Canyon floor, across the canyon to Observation Point, or to Angels Landing to the west. At Scout Lookout, the trail joins with the Angels Landing Trail. At the junction turn right and head down Walters Wiggles and, once at the bottom, to the Grotto."
--Steve Mann & Rhett Olson, 100 Hikes in Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"The diversity of this hike, combined with the magnificent views of Zion Canyon from the West Rim, make it one of the most enjoyable trails in the park. Horse Pasture Plateau, where the trail begins, is a long flat finger of sandstone that protrudes from the Kolob Plateau, on the northern park boundary, into Zion Canyon. The path meanders gently downward through the ponderosa pine and pinon-juniper forests of the plateau, dropping 740 feet over a distance of nine miles, before descending abruptly into the canyon. Spectacular views from the West Rim begin about six miles from the trailhead, where the route skirts the edge of Phantom Valley, and climax 3.5 miles later at Cabin Spring. Beyond Cabin Spring the trail drops into Zion Canyon and winds through another 4.7 miles of slickrock and canyon country before reaching the North Fork of the Virgin River."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"Some of Zion’s most amazing scenery is yours for the drinking in on this stout backcountry trail, which travels over a good section of the national park while showcasing to near perfection its sandstone monoliths, canyon-country topography, large ponderosa trees, and simply magnificent views that call for a great deal of awed appreciation.This is very pleasant hiking through high-country meadows and tall ponderosa pines, hardy juniper trees, and Gambel oaks, although some like to zip through this section to more quickly reach views of Zion Canyon. If you are doing the overnight option, the nine designated backcountry campsites to choose from are all on this plateau. After leaving Horse Pasture, you begin the descent into Potato Hollow, which harbors a spring at the 5-mile mark and good views into rugged Imlay Canyon below."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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