Monday, September 03, 2012

Zion's Observation Point: The Easy Way


The hike to Observation Point in Zion NP is much easier when starting from the east side and taking the East Mesa Trail.  I hiked it from the valley many years ago on a hot summer day and that wasn't too fun.  The rains on this trip made the normally easy drive to the trailhead much more challenging.  I had to park more than half a mile short of the trailhead because the road was wet and impassable.  Most dirt roads in southern Utah are impassable when they're wet.  The hike was about 3.5 miles each way.  Mostly flat, the easy trail heads downhill as  you approach the end.  It was a very pleasant hike.  I got to the end very early, and had the place to myself for 15 minutes.  Here's the trailhead.



And a few of the trail.





Now the shot we all hike there to get...




I tried several different exposure settings and none of the shots turned out ideal.   Here's a zoom-in on the summit of Angel's Landing.



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