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West Rim Trail

Zion National Park, UT
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Type: National Parks, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Strenuous hiking trail, 10 miles each way.
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Santa Clarita, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Long but beautiful hike. You traverse up and down the canyon thru many different types of scenery. Again another hike that most do in two days while we chose to do it in a day. You need to be in very good shape to do this hike in a day. My wife, Son and I are and it still kicked... More

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We hiked this trail to bottom in May. We took a shuttle from Springdale for $40 a head. When we left Watchman campground, it was cool...around 50 degrees. On the way to the drop off, it started snowing. We didn't really prepare for this having only packed rain jackets. When we reached the drop off, it was blowing about 30... More

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I'm sure the narrows is a great day hike ... But if you want something more challenging, more scenery, more diversity, more wildness then the trans-Zion hike is 100% awesome. The highlight (ignoring angels landings and all it's crowds) is the west Rim Trail. Walk alongside the edge of a canyon for 2 miles of jaw dropping views. Camp on... More

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Jax Beach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

After completing the La Verkin Creek and Hop Valley trails, I woke up in the middle of the latter stages of the Wildcat Canyon trail and proceeded towards the last, and longest, leg of the trek, the West Rim Trail. Near the beginning of the trail is another spring, where it was imperative to fill up. I had used most... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Today we hiked up and back from the Grotto parking lot, about 10 miles total, roundtrip. It's early April and we had a bit of snow on some higher switchbacks. Total elevation gain is about 2,600+ feet so take plenty of water and food and we needed jackets and gloves and lots of sunscreen. This hike is strenuous, so give... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews 80 reviews
7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We parked near Lava Point campground and slept near back-country campsite #9. It was about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from the Southern Entrance of the park, and only about a 1.1 mile hike to our campsite. The local springs were dried up in August, but the views of the surrounding area and the drive were amazing (like... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a pretty decent hike; it may have been better if I had executed it in a different manner or had better weather conditions. I camped at the Lava Point campground the night prior (no fee/permit required); which is about a 1-hour drive from the main park entrance. It is a nice but spartan first-come/first-served campground with a clean,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great overnight hiking with many changes in scenery along the way - including tons of awesome views along the rim down different canyons. Lots of wildflowers on the rim trail - mostly easy down hills & a few long climbs on narrow canyon side trails. Camped at Site 8 -very secluded and close to running stream for water. Would have... More

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Charlottetown, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
63 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Great hike with many different views of the park. It is almost 10 miles round tri[p but worth the hike. If you hike any amount 6 hours should wrap it up including luch at the top. Great views and once you are past Scouts Lookout the crowds thin out to almost nobody on the day we hiked. Give the West... More

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Mount Carmel, Utah
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51 reviews 51 reviews
51 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

The West Rim Trail is one of the spectacular backpacks in Zion National Park. This can be done as a one way hike using a shuttle (setting up at Kolob) or as a hike in and turn around and return hike. The one way hike is great because you experience little uphill travel this way, of course starting in Zion... More

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