Trailhead: Exit shuttle at the Grotto and follow the West Rim Trail.
Mileage: 5 miles (8 km), round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1520 feet (463 meters)
Approximate Hike Time: 4 hours, round-trip
Crowds: Common. However, the throng thins out as only the boldest hikers continue past Scout’s Lookout to the top.
Best Times of Day:
• Higher altitudes help moderate daily high temperatures, but this hike can still be sweltering during summer. Try to leave early (5 - 7am) for comfortable temperatures and phenomenal light.
• Winter hikers should check conditions at the Visitor’s Center; hiking mid-day should reduce icy sections of trail.
Best Times of Year:
• Fall brings moderate temperatures and dry trails to these high, eastern mesas, and reduces the chance of heat exhaustion and gnats.
• In a drier year, Spring features glorious displays of wildflowers along the East Rim trail.
Water Sources: Some sections of the trek follow year-round creeks, and other sections have reliable springs. Along the Connector Trail to Lava Point, there are no reliable water sources. Water is ESSENTIAL in the Zion backcountry (minimum of 4 liters per person/day); check in with the Zion Backcountry Desk for recent updates on water sources. For your safety, purify all creek and spring water before drinking.
Camping: Please check with Park staff when obtaining your permit to choose sites along the way. Designated sites are marked on the inset map provided, but we encourage you to obtain a true topographic map for navigation and trip planning.