The Watchman Trail (constructed by CCC in 1934) is a popular and relatively easy hike located in Zion National Park. If you are camping at the nearby South or Watchman Campgrounds, it is a must-do and easily within walking distance.
If driving, park your vehicle at the far end of the overflow parking lot directly north of Visitor Center. If camping from Watchman Campground, you can easily walk along side this parking lot and continue up the service road (that leads to employee dorms) until you see the signed trail head.
The trail itself is wide (3ft) and passes through loads of Pinon, Juniper and Prickly Pear. The trail initially skirts east at the base of Bridge Mountain (elev. 6803ft) via some manageable switchbacks passing stone retaining walls and a variety of seeps. Continuing on, you reach a bluff directly beneath The Watchman Spire (elev. 6545ft). Continue walking this bluff to the top until you reach a sign designating a (.4 mile) loop that circles to the end of the Watchman Lookout and returns to that same point. (The hike is not to the Watchman Spire itself.)
The trail's endpoint offers spectacular views of the entire south region of Zion NPS, Springdale and the Virgin River. Great seating is located everywhere at the Viewpoint; fantastic location to take a break. Return the way you came or complete the loop.
Restrooms located at Visitor Center.
The Watchman Trail is highly exposed - come prepared with sun protection and plenty of water. - May 14 2011 squatpuke