Historic Heights. The Lady Mountain Trail is an intricate stringing together of natural weaknesses to ascend the steep east face of Lady Mountain. Short cliffbands are surmounted with the assistance of antiquated trail hardware. Due to large amounts of un-belayed 4th and 5th class climbing, this route is unsuitable for non-climbers.
Completed in 1924, Lady Mountain Cable Route was one of the early man-made trails to reach Zion Canyon's rim from the valley floor. The Lady Mountain route used nearly 2000 feet of cable, 1400 carved steps, and at least two ladders to achieve its lofty heights, ascending 2,650 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 getting old. Eventually, all original hardware and signage was removed from the route, leaving it much more difficult. The present day "route" makes an interesting wilderness adventure, with several short 4th class sections, and two short 5th class pitches worth leading and belaying. The summit looks DOWN on Angels Landing and provides commanding views of Observation Point, The Great White Throne, Deertrap Mountain, East Temple, West Temple, Castle Dome, and Canaan Mountain. This makes an entertaining, very aerobic alternative to canyon grovelling on those pleasant days in the spring and fall.
The route faces east, so it tends to be hot in the summer, except with a very early start. In winter, the lower parts melts out quickly, but the upper portion faces north and is enclosed and holds snow quite well. Some of the steep scrambling near the top might be quite difficult when iced up. While the two fifth-class climbing sections are short and have good holds, they ARE fifth class. The first is quite exposed. I highly recommend using a rope and belaying them, at least the first time up. You will most likely like having a rope for the descent.
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