Explore the trail less traveled at Zion National Park
What if I told you the ever popular Angels Landing hike in Zion is not even in the top 3 best hikes there?
I'm reluctant to even write this article about Observation Point, since its seclusion is the best part about it. With the rapidly growing popularity of the park, it's a good thing to know about. If you like a more quiet experience with breathtaking views, check out Observation Point.
This is one of my favourite hikes and in my opinion, gives best views in the National Park. Not dealing with the busy crowds is its second best feature. It overlooks Angels Landing, which most of the buzz is about on social media.
Here's what you need to know.
The hike is about 8 miles round trip and has a lot of switchbacks. Eat a solid meal before hand, wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of water (especially if you're hiking in the mid afternoon, to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion hike late evening or early morning).
If you're a backpacker, try and get an overnight permit a few days in advance. If you do, you can camp right on the on edge of Zion. Here you can enjoy insane views of a vivid milky way moving across the sky, swinging in a hammock counting shooting stars (I counted over 20, no joke) until you fall asleep.
You'll wake up to an epic sunrise overlooking Angels Landing. Below you can admire the thousands of years of work from The Virginia River carving through the park and watch Zion come to life as all the campers wake up.