Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hiking in Utah: East Mesa Trail to Observation Point, Zion National Park

Observation Point is a goal for everyone who visits Zion National Park.

Unfortunately, we find when we visit that the usual route to Observation Point has been closed after a landslide, and we must take an alternate route to get there. We are warned that the trailhead is difficult to find, but we are pleased to learn that good signage has recently been installed, and we easily locate the trailhead.

It's a leisurely, if lengthy walk through the cool forest. There is time for quick photos of flora and fauna, loaded later into iNaturalist.

Observation Point is all we hoped for, and we stop to enjoy water and a bit to eat before heading back.









East Mesa Trail Statistics:
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Zion National Park
East Mesa Trail to Observation Point
7.24 miles
635 elevation gain
3 hrs. 18 min.
Moderate



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19 comments:

  1. Fantastic views. Glad you made it there!

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  2. absolutely amazing shots of such a beautiful place.

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  3. What a lovely way to spend a morning (or afternoon).

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  4. Deb,

    I added you to my Wild Wednesdays (formerly not-so Wordless Wednesday) where just about anything goes. Feel free to join in anytime! I loved your photo essay of your hike in Utah. The landscape is so contrasting from the east. I hope one day we can venture out west to see nature's beauty a whole new way. Thanks for dropping in for a visit. Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friend!

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  5. Such an amazing walk it must have been! The shots are stunning and the sparse landscape adds to the drama. Thank you for sharing the pictures and for joining us this week.

    Happy Wednesday and a lovely rest of the week.
    Cheers
    Esha

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  6. Es un lugar asombroso y perfecto para un paseo.

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  7. Es un lugar asombroso y perfecto para un paseo.

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  8. Hoping to get in some good hiking time in Santa Fe in a few weeks! I'm so excited!

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  9. Just beautiful shots! Glad you got to visit and are sharing these hikes with us!

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  10. super glorious photos! Have a lovely day!

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  11. Beautiful place and beautiful photos!

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  12. That's a beautiful park, was there years ago !

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  13. This is on our list of places to visit when we road trip to Utah in the next couple of years! Love the photos.

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  14. Well cool place to hike to though it looks like it may have been quite hot for you that day

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    1. It looks hot, but it really wasn't as hot as it was at home in Texas.

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    2. Deb,

      These look great- sparse yet serene.

      And is that a salamander?

      Thank you for joining Esha and yours truly for #WordlessWednesday. Lovely to see your post.

      Have a blessed weekend of new adventures.

      https://natashamusing.com/2019/09/a-dreamy-sunset-in-the-forest-meadows-wordlesswednesday/

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    3. It was identified as a Plateau Fence Lizard. We saw a lot of them at the park.

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  15. Stunning! That's an area I've never been to before

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