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Observation Point is the hike to do in Zion if you are looking for big views. In my mind, it is tied with Angel's Landing for views. Angel's is a little more adventurous, but Observation gains a loftier perch and different perspective. If you are planning on doing both, do Angel's first. The view of Angel's from Observation Point really changes the perspective on Angel's Landing if you've already done it.
The hike can be done year around, but any snow or ice would make it incredibly dangerous. It has many sections of exposed trail hiking. Safe, and not difficult, but not recommended for young children or those afraid of heights.
If doing the hike in the summer, start early and bring several quarts of water. The first half of the hike is shaded until mid-morning, while the rest of the hike will be sunny and hot. Plan on having lunch or a snack at the top and take in the views.
Note: Observation Point can be done from the Main Canyon or from the top. This description is for the more common Main Canyon approach.
The trailhead is the Weeping Rock bus stop in the main Zion canyon. Only accessible via park shuttle in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
Head up the Observation Point trail. In about 15 minutes, it splits, with Hidden Canyon going off on the right. Stay left on the Observation Point trail. At 45 minutes, the trail flattens out as it enters Echo Canyon, which can be a nice respite from the heat on the way down. The trail crosses Echo and begins climbing the north side.
Stay on the trail as it climbs out of Echo and contours along its rim. A bit over an hour another junction is reached, this one is signed Cable Mountain/Deer Trap. Stay left on the main Observation Point Trail. The trail steepens again and switchbacks up to the top. Once it flattens out, one more junction is encountered. Go left to Observation Point in less than 10 minutes. The views are astounding!
Return the way you came.
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