After just a day’s rest from hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park this past May, we headed up the Observation Point Trail. It had been a chilly, wet spring , and it seemed everyone was in the park, so we were ready on this late May day for what was reported to be a less trafficked trail.
What a great start, to see this deer early in our hike! He nibbled nonchalantly, slowly moving farther off the trail as we passed nearby.
The Observation Point Trail is longer and climbs higher than Angel’s Landing, but with a less steep grade. It also winds through various types of features, often with amazing views:
The trail wound up several switchbacks and around nearby mountainsides. You dimly make out the trail here…
…and closer, here:
From Observation Point, at the top of the trail, the Virgin River wound like a thread about 2400′ below. The peak in the middle right is Angel’s Landing — we were looking down on it from here.
With my handy-dandy zoom lens, I was able to get a shot of the triumphant hikers who had reached its summit:
Observation Point is the highest trail you can hike in Zion National Park, and it’s easy to see how high we were, relative to other nearby peaks.
The light had shifted enough on our way down that I was able to capture pictures of the slot canyon we walked through:
All that was left was to hike back down the trail, board the shuttle, and get ourselves to Oscar’s for a salad and carrot cake 🙂