The views from Observation Point are arguably the best in Zion National Park. From the top, hikers can look straight down the canyon and watch the Virgin River carve its way downstream. The famous Angels Landing is visible just a short distance away and about 700 feet below. A few stout trees provide rare patches of shade, and chipmunks dart between backpacks.
Start the hike to Observation Point early in the day to take advantage of the shade, otherwise it's a long, hot, steep walk to the top. Bring plenty of water and sun protection. Spring and fall are ideal times to visit Observation Point since summer temperatures can be unbearably hot.
The mostly paved trail ascends a series of switchbacks up a hillside into Echo Canyon. The grade eases a bit while the route traverses the canyon. Next, the trail continues to climb steeply. Stop to catch your breath and notice the sage, juniper, yucca, and hundreds of varieties of wildflowers all along the trail. The last three-quarters of a mile rises gently to the plateau and turns onto the Observation Point spur. At the end of the spur, breathtaking views of Zion Canyon reward the effort to get up there.
The Weeping Rock Trailhead and shuttle stop in Zion Canyon is the jumping off point for several other hikes, including a jaunt to the hanging gardens at Weeping Rock and an off-trail exploration of Hidden Canyon. Consider combining this hike with a visit to one or both of these adventures while you're there. Check the shuttle schedule and locate stop locations by visiting the Zion website.