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General Info

  • Miles: 14.4
  • Time: 6-9 hours
  • Terrain: Uphill or Downhill
  • Strenuous: 3/5
  • Danger: 1/5

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The West Rim Trail is the most backpacked route in Zion National Park. This scenic trail traverses the entire west sdie of Zion National Park in perfect efficiency.

Just as there are with most Zion National Park hikes, there are two ways to do the hike. The first way and the most enjoyable is to start at Lava Point, near Kolob reservoir at nearly 8,000ft. From this point, the hike begins less than a mile away and begins crossing the west rim of Zion National Park. This rim is one of the most scenic you will find anywhere! As you begin the descent and begin traversing the large plateau that connects the west rim of Zion and Zion canyon, you find great plant life and lots of campgrounds. This is a very serene place to find yourself. After you pass this area (near potato hollow), you begin a descent near the canyons neighboring Zion canyon. These canyons are beautiful and rarely seen other than from this trail. The descent steepens as you head down toward Angels Landing, one of the most popular day hikes in the park. Your decent puts you at Scout Lookout, right next to Angels Landing. At this point, you may hike the extra half-mile up the mountain to ascend Angels Landing, or you can continue your descent to the Zion canyon floor.

The other way to do this hike would be to start at Zion canyon and hike toward Lava Point. Obviously, this version of the West Rim Trail is very much uphill. Most visitors to Zion National Park choose this version because of the inability to go up to Lava Point and get back there to pick up their vehicle. However, this route is great because you can go as far as you would like. Most hikers coming fro the bottom-up do not go all the way to Lava Point and miss out on the most scenic part of the trail, which is near Lava Point.

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