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Observation Point

Zion National Park, UT
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Worth it

It's worth the hike. Bring plenty of water and energy bars. Easier to start from the top by zion... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Thomas S
via mobile
Overrated relative to the climb

The first part of the climb was very nice, especially if you start out early. There's a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Hector D
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

It's worth the hike. Bring plenty of water and energy bars. Easier to start from the top by zion ponderosa. If you have the stamina and don't mind strenuous hikes with drop offs you can take the hike from the floor of the canyon.

1  Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The first part of the climb was very nice, especially if you start out early. There's a beautiful canyon on the way, and then it gets hot and long, and when you get to the top, four hours later, you want something really spectacular. But...More

Thank Hector D
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The hike is accessed from the Weeping Rock trailhead and the shuttle drops you right at the start. 4 miles out and 4 back. I did the trail in the afternoon. Apart from the canyon section it is pretty much full sun all the way...More

Thank Milnthorp
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Not everyone in our family was on board with doing the Angel's Landing hike for the fear factor (especially our 11 year old). Since we didn't want to spend the whole hike with a fearful child we decided on the Observation Point trail instead and...More

1  Thank Jane V
Reviewed 30 June 2016

If you can, try to enter this trail from the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. It will shave off 2 miles of the total length. If you can't and you have enough energy, you can take the trail from inside Zion National Park. Its 4 miles...More

Thank ClineFam
Reviewed 29 June 2016

As another reviewer mentioned, taking this hike is a good alternative to Angel's Landing. Going at first light makes the experience more rewarding: It's cooler then with less crowds, and you will see light hitting various parts of the spires as it travels across the...More

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 24 June 2016

We took the hike to Observation point as an alternative to Angel's landing, looking to avoid crowds on narrow path that occur at the later one. The hike was definitely worth it and the views in the end are magnificent. I'd recommend it to any...More

Thank Ilse_celo
Reviewed 17 June 2016

We visited Zion over Memorial day weekend and it was so crowded. We originally wanted to hike Angels Landing but once we saw the crowd there we decided to pick a hike that wouldn't feel like a Disney World Attraction. This is a strenuous hike...More

2  Thank Tricia W
Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

When we started out, my daughter and I were falling behind and could not keep my son and my husband's pace. So we told them to go and not wait for us. We meet up with them when they were making their way back, 11min...More

Thank Jane V
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Fairly steep at times uphill climb, incredible views at the end. Hiking in the middle of the day in the worst heat may make it harder for some. Path by and large is in excellent condition, no scary drops that would alarm children. Fabulous views,...More

1  Thank Andrew W
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Can you give me more detail about "the back way" to hike Observation Point? Where exactly did you start? Is your way as scenic as the regular route? Is it basically the same route except that you started a little farther along? THANKS
4 July 2016|
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Response from ClineFam | Reviewed this property |
I might be slightly wrong about beaver and cedar, now that I look at the map, but from Twin Knolls there are a lot of signs.
Linda M
i am very interested in doing this hike without starting at the bottom of the canyon floor. you mention a shuttle for 33 dollars can you be more specific about this? thanks so very much we are seniors and can do flats but not the switch backs.
8 June 2016|
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Linda M
loved your review, thinking about this hike as we will only have one full day and a morning at Zion next year 1 st week of May. What was the temperatures like and when in may were you actually there? Thanks
8 June 2016|
Response from Sheila514 | Reviewed this property |
The weather in May is supposed to be perfect for hiking. When we went, it varied between 12 and 22C over three different days, so i can't tell you what it will be like when you go next year! There was also rain in the... More