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“Nice around sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Watchman Trail

Watchman Trail
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“Nice around sunset”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

This is a moderate hike- you can do it round trip in 2 hours if you put a little speed on it. We went at sunset and watched the sun go down from the peak. However...i was more impressed with the hike up than the pinnacle. This trail is good for late in the day because it gets the last light of the day.

Visited October 2011
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“Great hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

Hiked this trail - not easy but take it easy and to get to the top is a real achivement.

Visited October 2011
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“Beautiful View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

We were glad that we started the Watchman Trail early in the morning. The locals said it was usually 110 degree or higher. For us, 104 degree was still very hot. So we were grateful that we were headed back when the sun was getting hotter in the morning.
The trail had a gradual climb and some minor drop-offs. But the day before we did some easy trails to build up our endurance and help us acclimate to the park.
By the time we reached the top, we saw the sign for the loop. We took the loop and saw the beautiful viewpoint of the Towers of the Virgin, lower Zion Canyon and Springdale. The view was spectacular. We were quite happy that we decided to go on this trail.

Visited August 2011
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“Change of pace”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2011

The Watchman Trail is a fairly short hike that, as the name suggests, takes you closer to the Zion National Park icon "The Watchman", the jagged peak that dominates the park entrance from the Springdale gateway community.

My cousin and I found to our shock that we practically had it to ourselves when we took an evening hike as suggested (literature advises to avoid it in full sunlight as there's little cover), literally coming across only four other people - two fellow hikers and two serious photographers who had set up for the evening - so it's a good hike for those who want some solitude from the crowds, but those who are leery of having that few people around might want to scope out how many people are hiking the trail before hitting it.

The Watchman had by far the most blatanly desert terrain of any of the hikes we took in Zion. Hikers with an interest in botany will want to walk it in spring, as I noted many flowers that I didn't see in other parts of the park, such as the impressive Princes' Plume. The trail is also, from what I've read, the only area of the canyon where evidence of mountain lions (a deer kill) has been seen - so it's probably not advisable to hike it alone, especially since it's more secluded than the other short canyon trails. Also, watch the light if you take the advice to hike it in early evening - the sun can go down more quickly than one thinks, and near the end we were slightly concerned about losing light before reaching level ground, repassing the Watchman campground, and reaching the shuttle stop.

An option for those who want a slightly less trafficked but accessible hike.

Visited May 2010
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“Nice Morning Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

My husband, my daughter and I hiked the Watchman trail mid morning. It is an easy hike with nice views of Oak Creek Canyon and Springdale once at the top. We enjoyed chatting with other hikers while taking in the views. We even encountered a furry friend while hiking!

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