Cable Mountain via East Rim Trail and East Mesa Trail
This is a difficult one way trail in Zion National Park.
I did this hike in the winter with my boyfriend, and boy was I tired. I want to give it 4 stars only because I hiked up to Angel's Landing just after and was blown away, but I'll stick with 5 stars since it was beautiful on its own (just not as harrowing/rewarding as Angel's Landing, which is hard to beat!). ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Track (10/1/18, 12:06:06PM) For details of the Observation Point route https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7001623/observation-point Trail is 3.3 miles each way = 6.7 miles total. 12% average grade. Starting from the Weeping Rock Trailhead take Weeping Rock Trail heading south, then make a right to join East Rim Trail. From here, East Rim heads straight up a slot in Zion Canyon, directly across from Angel's Landing, so the views are spectacular. Continue up the canyon, past Hidden Canyon Trail on your right, and all the way to an intersection with East Mesa Trail. All the while ascending some incredibly steep switchbacks with little to no respite from the sun. Once at the intersection with East Mesa Trail, turn left. Starting from East Rim Trail, East Mesa climbs very steeply, switchbacking multiple times until it eventually contours south of a small mesa. Once the trail levels off, all of the hard stuff is done. After contouring along this smaller mesa, head left onto Observation Point Trail. The trail works its way out to the edge of the canyon rim and offers absolutely astounding panoramic views of the canyon. You'll have clear views of Angel's Landing to the southwest, while the Great White Throne will be in sight due south.
?? 5 - 6 hrs, 10.6 km, return elevation change 2148 ft. Long drop offs, Climbs through Echo Canyon to viewpoint of Zion Canyon. Access to Cable Mtn., Deertrap Mtn. and East Rim Trail.
Moderate to Hard hike on a clear and cool day under sunny skies. We planned to hike the Hidden Canyon trail as well, but it has been closed since July 2018 due to rocks slide.
Out and Back to Observation Point via East Rim & East Mesa Trails.