West Rim Trail (bottom up)

West Rim Trail (bottom up)

DIFFICULTY OUR RATING ELEVATION GAIN AVG TIME ROUND TRIP
Strenuous 3000 ft to the upper plateau 4-7 hrs to Cabin Spring & back. 7-12 hrs to reach upper plateau. 8.5 miles to Cabin Spring. 13 miles to upper plateau.
DIFFICULTY Strenuous
OUR RATING
ELEVATION GAIN 3000 ft to the upper plateau
AVG TIME 4-7 hrs to Cabin Spring & back. 7-12 hrs to reach upper plateau.
ROUND TRIP 8.5 miles to Cabin Spring. 13 miles to upper plateau.

Description

Not as good as doing the top-down West Rim trail, but still extraordinary. You walk up the same trail as those hiking Angels Landing—however instead of turning right at Scout’s Lookout to summit Angels Landing, you instead stay left on the main trail and continue up to the West Rim. This hike is strenuous in that you climb a lot of vertical feet fairly quickly—however the views are sublime the entire hike to take your mind off your pounding legs. As this hike is an out-and-back you can make it as long or as short as you want. The farther you go, the better the views—if you have the stamina to reach the upper plateau you get rewarded with arguably the best vista in all of Zion looking out from the West Rim. No picture can do this vista jusitce—it must be seen in person.