Historic Heights. Completed in 1924, Lady Mountain Cable Route was the first man-made trail to reach Zion Canyon's rim from the valley floor. Preceding both the Angel's Landing and Observation Point trails, the Lady Mountain route used nearly 2000 feet of cable, 1400 carved steps, and at least two ladders to acheive its lofty heights, ascending almost 2,700 feet over just 1.9 miles. Located just across from Zion Lodge, Lady Mountain beckoned visitors who gazed upon the giant peak from the Great Lawn, and many adventurous ladies and gentlemen found their most serious Zion adventure here.
Though the Lady Mountain Trail was popular for many years, Park staff discontinued maintenance in the 1960's because trail equipment (chains, ladders, cables) was difficult to maintain and rescuing scared hikers was difficult and expensive. Eventually, all original hardware and signage was dismantled from the route, leaving the route much more difficult than it had been previously. The present day "route" (no longer a trail) maks for an interesting wilderness adventure, with several short 4th class sections, and two short 5th class pitches worth leading and belaying. The summit looks DOWN upon Angel's Landing and provides commanding views of Observation Point, The Great White Throne, Deertrap Mountain, East Temple, West Temple, Castle Dome, and Cannan Mountain. This makes an entertaining, very aerobic alternative to canyon grovelling on those pleasant days in the spring and fall.