Sunday, February 15, 2015

Observation Point and Hidden Canyon, Zion

February 7, 2015

With unseasonably warm weather all over the American west, I made my way to Zion to do some hiking. We decided on Observation Point and if we felt up to it, Hidden Canyon. Observation Point offers spectacular views of Zion Canyon from the rim above. The trail climbs about 2,000 ft. over 4 miles and offers a variety of scenery as you make your way up. Although Angel's Landing is a little more exciting, Observation Point has superior views and is less crowded.
Had to stop at Horseshoe Bend on my way from Flagstaff to southern Utah
Looking across towards Angel's Landing from the Observation Point trail 
Hiking through a cool canyon on the Observation Point trail 
Ashlee hiking above the slot canyon along the Observation Point trail
We emerged from the canyon below to vistas of Zion Canyon
The view from Observation Point. Note that Angel's Landing is about 1,000 ft below us.  
Ashlee led the way up the Hidden Canyon trail
Mini arch in Hidden Canyon