Observation Point

Observation Point

DIFFICULTY OUR RATING ELEVATION GAIN AVG TIME ROUND TRIP
Strenuous 2200 ft 4-6 hrs 8 miles
DIFFICULTY Strenuous
OUR RATING
ELEVATION GAIN 2200 ft
AVG TIME 4-6 hrs
ROUND TRIP 8 miles

Description

The views from the top of Observation Point are mind-blowing and among the very best in the park. The view is worth the work to do this hike. Observation Point is much less crowded than Angels Landing with even better views. Also it is not as sketchy as Angels Landing for those afraid of heights. Currently the route via Echo Canyon is closed due to rockfall. When the Echo Canyon route is open it is one of the best hikes in Zion. You may still access Observation Point via the East Mesa Trailhead. This may be accessed from the East Canyon side of the park. Although the hike in from the East Mesa route is not as dramatic as the route via Echo Canyon, the end view is still the same. And the advantage of the East Mesa Trailhead route is that the elevation change is minimal compared to the very steep Echo Canyon route coming up from the Zion Canyon floor.