We thought the hike to Observation Point was the best hike we took during three days in Zion. At 8 miles R/T and 2200' elevation gain, it's not for everyone. But the trail is very well constructed, the switchbacks are not as steep as they look from below, and the views reward your efforts. Like many others, we paused for a leisurely lunch at the point, fending off hungry squirrels, and taking way too many photos.
During spring, when we hiked, the wild flowers alone were worth the hike. Whenever you go, bring more water than you think you'll need. We found hiking poles to be helpful, especially on the final rough half mile section. They add confidence on the steeper sections, which are reasonably wide in most places. An early start will avoid the heat buildup in the afternoon, when you should be walking back, mostly downhill.
We can't recommend this hike too highly.
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