Sky IslandSimilar to neighboring Cable Mountain, Deertrap Mountain provides a unique and remote viewpoint on the East Rim of the park. The trail is well-marked, but the route's remoteness makes this either a long day hike or a good backpacking option.
There are three distinct ways to hike to Deertrap 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 option varies in distance, terrain, and accessibility. You may also hike Deertrap Mountain as an overnight backpack trip from these trailheads, perhaps exploring Cable Mountain and/or Observation Point along the way.
Unlike Observation Point or Cable Mountain, Deertrap Mountain does not end at a single viewpoint, per se, but rather a sizeable "sky island" which you can explore. A eighth-mile trail travels the distance of the outcropping, providing views into the south and north of Zion Canyon.