East Rim Trail hike in Zion National Park
East Rim Trail hike in Zion National Park

East Rim Trail

Zion National Park
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East Rim Trail

Distance: 6.0mi
Elevation: 584ft
Time: 2-3h

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Exploring the rolling hills east of the main canyon, the East Rim Trail yields stunning views at a low physical cost. Continue along the trail as long as you like and bask in the sandstones domes, cliffs, and canyons.

East Rim Trail hike Map

Getting there

From Springdale enter the park and continue along Utah 9 East. Do not turn left into Zion Canyon. You will go through the famous Zion - Mount Carmel Tunnel, the longest vehicle tunnel in the park system. Follow this road until just before you reach the East Entrance, turning left towards the ambiguous “trailhead” sign. If you coming from the East Entrance, enter the park and almost immediately turn right towards the ambiguous “trailhead” sign. Follow this road past “Private Residence” signs and find the small dirt parking lot at its end.

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About

When to do

Spring and Fall, avoid summer heat

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, see visitors centre

Toilets

At East Entrance near trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low to Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


East Rim Trail
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Route Description for East Rim Trail

Start along the wide, mostly flat trail as it begins from the far side of the parking lot. You will start to slowly gain elevation as the trail winds along the width of the wide canyon. Soon the trail will start to veer right slightly and the grade will increase.

As you enter the canyon you will distance yourself from Clear Creek running bellow you. Ponderosa Pine’s litter most of your surroundings you continue along the trail. Just over halfway through the hike you will switchback to the left and continue to climb. Next you will crest a small ridge, contour around and start to descend slightly.

Seemingly out of nowhere you will find yourself beside a gurgling creek. If you proceed to the edge of the cliff you will see the impressive Jolly Gulch. This extremely steep, deep and narrow canyon drops away from your feet and there is no handrail guarding you from going right up to the edge. The Jolly Gulch Creek runs right off the edge, creating a seasonal waterfall!

For most, the Gulch is a fantastic turnaround point, however you can continue along the trail for as long as you wish. From the vantage point at the end of the hike you’ll be able to see all the way across the valley towards Chalkboard Mesa, as well as the plethora of other unnamed mountains and domes. The grey and red slick rock is truly stunning, and the ambiance of the large trees is calming and secluded.

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Insider Hints

  • Another great turnaround point is Stave Springs, 5.0mi from the beginning of the trail. This would be a grade 3 hike.

Comments

Barbara Clarkson 1 year ago

Beautiful and not too difficult a hike. Absolutely stunning and a must do.

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Frank M. 1 year ago

Fairly easy hike with amazing views. fresh air and nature is what you find here, we love it.

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Joe Bart 2 years ago

Great hike to do if you want to avoid the crowd. It's not as magical as Canyon Overlook, but it's still worth doing.

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Yuli H. 2 years ago

Nice family-friendly hike. Overall it was short and easy. I highly recommend it.

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Washington H. 2 years ago

Easy trail. East Rim is a fantastic hike. However, it would be better to be more cautious while passing the edge of the cliff.

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Jane L. 2 years ago

Great hike to explore. There were some mild inclines, but they are manageable. Bring lots of water, especially if you plan to start during the late afternoon.

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Walter Blu 2 years ago

East Rim Hike was nice, good views, I did not have many people around me and the weather was great.

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Zuzu T. 2 years ago

Wow this is fun! It felt great to hike here.

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SteffWilk 3 years ago

East rim trail was good to finish the day with. Good views and you don't spend too much effort on it.

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Jane 3 years ago

Nice views, fewer people, really enjoyed it.

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