West Rim Trail (top down)

West Rim Trail (top down)

DIFFICULTY OUR RATING ELEVATION GAIN AVG TIME ROUND TRIP
Strenuous 4400 ft total descent and 1,000+ feet of ascent 6-10 hrs with day-pack; 8-12 hrs with backpacking gear 15 miles (point to point)
DIFFICULTY Strenuous
OUR RATING
ELEVATION GAIN 4400 ft total descent and 1,000+ feet of ascent
AVG TIME 6-10 hrs with day-pack; 8-12 hrs with backpacking gear
ROUND TRIP 15 miles (point to point)

Description

This is one of the top-3 hikes in Zion. If you are looking to do a classic hike that isn’t in the water i.e. The Narrows, then this is arguably the best hike in Zion. The views are beyond description and the crowds are close to non-existent (at least on the first 12 miles of the hike until you run into the Angels Landing hikers). This hike starts off casually, but then continues to build and finally climaxes with some of the most jaw-dropping views of the park of any hike. On this trail you get to see the upper sections of Zion that fewer than 1% of all visitors to the park ever get to see. I can’t recommend this hike enough. If you do the top-down hike, the route is almost all downhill which makes it considerably easier (unless you have bad knees and you’ll be feeling it by the end). One important note: there is a trail junction where you can choose to take Telephone Canyon—don’t take it—stay on the West Rim trail (to the right) or you will miss the best views this hike has to offer.