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“4 miles uphill to the point, then 4 miles back down to the shuttle”
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Observation Point
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Owner description: This overlook provides a great view of southern Zion Canyon if you're willing to climb the 2200 feet of elevation to get there.
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“4 miles uphill to the point, then 4 miles back down to the shuttle”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

The hike feels like a 4 mile uphill staircase to get to the top, but likely one of the most beautiful walks on the planet. Weaving through sandstone slots, at least one tunnel, and cliff hanging trail segments. Once at the top, you look down at the hikers on the winding path to Angel Point. There are many spots on the rocks overlooking the valley that are perfect for a nap, picnic, or just to rest for the hike back down.

The most important recommendations I would make are:

1. Get into the park to catch the first shuttle of the day - the trail is brutally hot by 11AM - you'll pass plenty of people on the way down
2. Bring plenty of water

Visited August 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Mystery Canyon”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is one of the more beautiful canyons out there. Not too challenging but it is amazing once you get into the canyon how green it is.

Visited July 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“great walk”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

one of the best walks we've done - better than angels landing in my opinion - awesome views which change round every bend - switch backs, a slip canyon, hidden valleys, grass land and stupendous view everyway you turn. 8 miles there and back but so worth it. WC at the trail head, along with drinking water.

Visited April 2014
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Hickory, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
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“I would rate as harder than moderate but amazing hike and views”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Kept going up and up and always kept thinking we had to be close to top but trail seemed to go on forever. I was amazed at how different the scenery seemed to change depending on which section of trail you were on. We hiked on Easter Sunday and weather was perfect but I would not want to hike in summer heat. Once we finally got to the top it was all worth it. What a spectacular view. I was surprised I had a phone signal on top and posted a pic on Facebook. Thought going back down was a going to be easy but we were out if shape for hiking at that elevation. Ended up taking us almost 7 hours total with several stops and wish I would have brought more water. This hike is tough but well with it. I wouldn't plan too many other activities on the same day of this hike unless you are in amazing condition.

Visited April 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
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“Worth every step!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was my favorite hike in Zion. It's tough and long (8 miles round trip), but the view is worth it. You can see all the way back down the canyon, and Observation Point is far above Angel's Landing. As a bonus, after an initial climb, the hike takes you through Echo Canyon, with some great photo opportunities of a slot canyon. Then, it's up, up, up. Start early in the morning, and have the necessary supplies for a strenuous hike.

I am very afraid of heights, so I would not even try the chained walk from Scout's Landing to Angel's Landing the day before. On a couple of the switchbacks heading to Observation Point, I'll admit that I had to keep my focus completely uphill to calm the nerves, but the trail is wide enough in all areas to feel secure. The last portion of the trail is a flat 1/2 mile or so through a wooded area - a welcome way to "top off" the climb.

Make sure you get a photo of the survey marker at the top to prove how high you actually were! Spend some time snacking and enjoying the best views in the Park before you head back down.

As others have said, the spur to Hidden Canyon is somewhat disappointing. It does have some chained parts, though, and footing that is wide enough to traverse rather easily.

Visited June 2014
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