A Remote Vista. In 1899, Zion pioneer David Flanigan began constructing his teenage dream: a cableworks to transport timber from the plateau above Zion Canyon to the valley below. The timber tram began working in 1901, providing most of the quality lumber used to build acccommodations in Zion National Park and the ranches further down canyon. When the Park Service removed the 3,300-foot cable in 1930, they left the cableworks structure in place atop the mountain, and it remains there today for our entertainment.
Cable Mountain looms high above the Weeping Rock trailhead, and tourists can see the historic cableworks structure from the Scenic drive. Visiting the actual cableworks, and the stellar viewpoint where it sits, can be a fun, remote hiking adventure for anyone looking for solitude in Zion. There are three distinct ways to hike to Cable Mountain:
• Hike up from Weeping Rock
• Hike from the East Rim Trailhead/East Entrance
• Hike from the Cable Mountain Trailhead on Zion Ponderosa Ranch
Each approach varies in distance and accessibility. You may also hike Cable Mountain as a backpack trip from these trailheads, perhaps exploring Deertrap Mountain and Observation Point along the way.