I was pretty hesitant about doing this hike. It is long (11 miles) with lots of elevation gain (1,000) and loss (2,300). I read the reviews and got the facts. Ultimately, decided it would be stretching my limits but didn’t want to be left out (the rest of my group were all going.) I’m so glad I did! Turned out not to be nearly as daunting as the facts make it sound. Although, as another reviewer says, it is up and up in the beginning, the inclines are gradual with some flat and a little decline mixed in, making it, actually, pretty easy. The scenery is beautiful and varied and the hike peaceful (we had it to ourselves until we reached Observation Point). The first half of the hike is lovely, but as others have stated, after getting past Stave Springs, it gets even better with BEAUTIFUL canyons and panoramas. The last 1.5 miles is steep downhill on pavement and definitely hard on already tired feet and knees but just short enough (with a little help from some Ibuprofen and the beginning and of the hike, no residual effect). Hope you give it a go; it is worth it.
With stops for pictures (lots) and lunch, we were on the trail for 6.5 hours.
We hired an outfitter (Zion Guru, highly recommended) to drop us at the trail start at the East Entrance and hiked down to Weeping Rock and took the shuttle from there back to the visitors center.
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