Observation Point
While hiking from many trails in the park, you can see what looks like a trail cut in the mountain on one of the highest rock faces in the park. This is the Observation Point trail and this sight made our hiking party say, "we must hike that trail!" I could not believe how much this trail is carved out of the rock in order to access this highpoint. The cost of this trail being build must have been extraordinary, probably done in the 30's when they knew how to build a trail. First you experience the trail climbing out of the main canyon which doesn't even seem possible. Then you enter Echo Canyon with its narrow canyon walls and a slot canyon below the trail along the route. An almost tunnel was carved out of the rock at one point, then ledges through cliffy corners continue until reaching the upper mountain where a crazy 7 foot ledge is carved in the rock. Just before the point, a hidden narrow level ledge is traversed for a quarter mile. The observation point as you see in the pictures below is perfectly placed, looking down Zion Canyon with the massive walls of Cable Mountain and The Great White Throne in your face.
This trail starts at the Weeping Rock parking area so you can also visit the Weeping Rock and Hidden Canyon trails from here, both are easy side trips for a complete overview of the area.
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Observation Point

Distance: 4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,148 feet
Trailhead: Weeping Rock
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Observation Point high above Observation Point Trail Zion Canyon and the Observation Point Trail cliffs on Observation Point Observation Point Trail Observation Point Sitting at Observation Point route up Angels Landing View from the Observation Point trail Observation Point, near the endpoint Observation Point on left Observation Point Trail
Trail switchbacking in solid rock
Trail goes in canyon for 2.5 miles
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Trail
Here is a view from just up the Hidden Valley Trail as it merges off the Observation Point Trail
Last half mile route up Angels Landing
Sitting at Observation Point
Observation Point
Observation Point on left with trail on right
Observation Point, near the endpoint with fresh snow on ground
View from the Observation Point trail
Observation Point Trail
Switchbacks in the cliffs on Observation Point trail
Panorama of Zion Canyon and the Observation Point Trail
Observation Point Trail
Observation Point high above
Observation Point