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May 13 2021
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Observation Point - ZionSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 13 2021
ddgrunning
Hiking9.94 Miles 2,372 AEG
Hiking9.94 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.66 mph
2,372 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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This was a "warm up" hike prior to participating in the Ragnar Zion Trail relay race, which itself involved each team member running 15.3 miles and a total of nearly 2,000 AEG.

After we set up camp near "Ragnar Village" at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch just east of the NP entrance, I had convinced the team that we should do a hike out to Observation Point--as the TH was within a 1.5 mile drive from the Ragnar Village.

We called the hike a "warm up," but it was really a pretty substantial workout, as the stats show--10 miles with 2,300 feet of elevation gain. Even though it would zap some energy for the actual race, it turned out that our team was slated for a late start time the following day (1:30 pm), so we figured we could just sleep in to our heart's content on Friday morning.

The hike was awesome! It starts out on the forest-covered rim of Zion Canyon, then descends into the canyon, dropping 1200 feet. The trail we were on actual drops all the way to the canyon floor, but a couple of years back there was a big rock slide, which closed the trail at about the halfway point from the bottom up, but did not impact the upper section of the trail. So, as a result, we basically had the trail to ourselves!

After dropping in to the canyon, we then climbed out the opposing canyon wall out to Observation Point--a spectacular viewpoint, which actually looks down on Angels Landing. We arrived at Observation Point just as the sun set. The views were spectacular, as they were throughout the canyon on the hike over to that point.

There is another (easier/flatter/but seemingly less interesting) trail that gets out to Observation Point, which joins the trail we hiked about a 1/2 mile before arriving at OP. There were several people who had accessed the point from that trailhead, so we had more company at the viewing spot.

After taking in the views, we began our return trip and were soon hiking by headlamp. We only managed to get lost once (a short detour that added another 1/4 mile or so)--which can be seen on the track. By the time we got back to our campsite, it was past 11 pm. We cooked up some spaghetti and had a very late dinner and got to bed a little after 12:30 a.m.

Yes, we paid a bit of a price in terms of energy in the race, but it was a price I was happy to pay!
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Apr 27 2013
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn, UT 
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
John9L
Hiking19.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles
4,500 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Our second day in Zion turned into a fairly big hike. Our original plan was to hit Observation Point and Hidden Canyon and then head over to the Narrows. Instead we hit Observation Point and then followed the East Rim Trail out to Cable Mountain. This didn’t leave us any time for the other items on our list.

We left the bus at the Weeping Rock trailhead and started making our way up the paved switchbacks. The going is relatively easy as you gain steady elevation. Things level off as you make your way through a tight and beautiful canyon. After that the trail gains more elevation. We passed the junction for the East Rim trail and followed the switchbacks up to Observation Point. The view up there is absolutely spectacular as you look down on Angels Landing and Zion Canyon. While there we enjoyed a snack and talked about our options. Rachel wanted to go over to the Great White Throne but after looking at the map we realized it’s not possible to hike there because it appears to be a sky island. While discussing our options the guy from southern Az walked up and said hi. I feel bad because he knew both of our names but I didn’t remember his. Anyways we decided to head over to Cable Mountain and we were off to continue our adventure.

The return down the Observation Point trail flew by. We connected on the East Rim Trail and started following it deeper in the park. The East Rim trail is beautiful. You start by following it through a valley as the trail winds up and down the contours of the area. I was very happy to see that this trail is not paved like most of the other trails in Zion. After a mile the trail starts climbing up towards the rim and this goes on for a while. Luckily the grade is consistent and I never felt out of breath like I did the day before. After quite a bit of work the trail leveled off and the going becomes much easier. From there we made quick time as we made our way to the Cable Mountain Trail. There are signs of a fire from decades past. The Cable Mtn Trail is relatively flat and smooth until the final half mile where the trail drops a few feet. You arrive at the viewpoint to find the old Cable structure. It looks like it has been slightly rebuilt in the past year or two. See pics in my photoset. We admired the views and enjoyed our lunch. The gummy bears were delicious!

After our break we started the long hike out. I don’t think we talked at all for several miles as we both put our heads down and put one foot in front of the other. This hike turned out to be a lot and I was dragging a little bit. Luckily I remembered to bring my headphones and they helped the miles fly by. We made great time and cruised all the way down to the valley floor. Once back at the trailhead we made a quick detour over to the Weeping Rock. We had a quick look and then picked up the bus that took us back to the visitor. From there we got in the jeep and made the long drive back to Phoenix. This was a long but wonderful day! I really love Zion and I’m glad we made this trip.
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Apr 27 2013
zukerrach
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 Delafield, WI
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn, UT 
Zion East Rim Observation & Cable Mtn, UT
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
zukerrach
Hiking19.00 Miles 4,500 AEG
Hiking19.00 Miles
4,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Day 2 in Zion: We decided to start with Observation Point, which was a fun and beautiful hike. It started with many switchbacks, and then flattened out as it led us through a narrow canyon (which was especially gorgeous in the morning light) and then up again via more switchbacks. The views were spectacular, and I was surprised at how quickly we gained elevation. We stopped for a quick snack break at Observation Point, where we discussed our options for the next trail. We ultimately decided to cross down and then back up to the ridge on the other side of the valley (Cable Mountain via the East Rim Trail).

The beginning of the East Rim Trail was awesome-- lots of bright orange rocks, and no visible trail (so lots of cairns!) to follow. This super fun section gave way to your typical switchbacks, which were again totally manageable (especially with all the great views as distraction), and we were at the top in no time. From here, things got pretty boring as we "hiked" 4 miles on a flat trail without much variation in scenery. The trail dipped down as we reached our destination, and the trees parted to reveal a wooden structure overlooking the valley. Angel's Landing looked tiny from up here!

The hike back down was long but easy (it was especially fun running down the switchbacks on the nice sandy portions of the trail)! However, I didn't appreciate the concrete at the very bottom, and my legs were very sore by the time John suggested we stop by Weeping Rock. I begrudgingly agreed, and I'm glad I did-- it was pretty neat! :]
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Nov 08 2011
dwsmith11
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42 male
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Cable and Deertrap MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2011
dwsmith11
Hiking11.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   5 Hrs      2.65 mph
1,600 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Day #2 in Zion was strange. Deercreek and Cable mountain are side hikes from the East Rim trail. I picked up the East Rim trail near Stave Springs, where I stopped yesterday from the East Entrance. There's an alternate trailhead near the Zion Ponderosa Resort that puts you about 1.5 miles from Stave Springs. You can bypass Deercreek and Cable mountain and continue to the inner canyon about 4.5 miles and complete the East Rim trail or head back to the East Entrance 5.5 miles. I did an out and back as the shuttles back to the East entrance are shut down for the season. Didn't want to chance a hitchhike back. I'm sure there's an after school special about not doing that.

Again not a soul on the trails, either Deertrap or Cable Mountain. I saw tracks on the Stave Spring stretch from the day before but no others. The single tracks I saw yesterday at the Deertrap and Cable junction were again the only ones. I feel a bit selfish but to have the East Rim solo again was awesome. The trail was full of snow the entire way mixed with mud. It started at 24 degrees and was about 38 degrees when I finished. The views from Deertrap were spectacular but I have to say those from Cable were breathtaking. It gives a full view of the main canyon and the hikes on the other side. 11.5 miles is about dead on. My GPS logged 11.6mi but I did wander around to take pics, which will be posted later. Pics are fuzzy I'm sure I was trying not to vomit from my fear of heights.

The trail to Deercreek is up and down and the climbs aren't terrible. Cable Mountain is strange in that you actually decline to the cliff edge and the hike out is the hardest. Both trails are well maintained and clear. They consist of that sandy silt/mud rather than rocks for the most part. Several deer were encountered as were larger mountain lion tracks but didn't see any cats themselves.

Doing this in the same day with the East Rim/Stave Springs is doable but more of an overnight as the total would be close to 21 miles one way to the inner canyon and about 30miles if you hiked to the inner canyon and reversed. The shuttle from the inner canyon is supposed to stop at the end October but it is running on Sat/Sun throughout November this year. Traffic is allowed in the inner canyon as there was little if any snow there as opposed to the upper rims.

The park traffic is zero. I drove to the Zion Ponderosa trailhead on the Hwy 9 and back to the hotel without seeing a single car or person. All the cabins and B&Bs are empty. I was in a restaurant for a post hike beer with only an older couple in the whole place. Eerie but kind of nice. Reminds me of the Shining.
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Jun 19 2010
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Cable and Deertrap MountainsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2010
nonot
Hiking20.90 Miles 3,900 AEG
Hiking20.90 Miles   9 Hrs      2.32 mph
3,900 ft AEG
 
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