Mountain of the Sun from Deertrap Mtn
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 RanchEach 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.
• From Weeping Rock: 17.5 miles, 2,100 feet elevation gain, roundtrip• From the East Entrance: 19.5 miles, gains 1,000 feet on trail, loses 2,000 feet total• From Zion Ponderosa: 9.5 miles, 300 feet elevation gain
8 hours to 2-3 day backpack, depending on route
Multiple possible routes. Weeping Rock start does not require a car spot, while routes starting on the East side of the park require a car spot or shuttle service.
Water is sometimes available to purify at Stave Spring, but the water source is not always reliable. Check at the Wilderness Desk.
Long trail with elevation loss. If hiking from Weeping Rock, the route is VERY strenuous.
Spring - Some snow and icepack can stick around on the trail and in shady canyons until late spring. Flowers are very beautiful along this trail in spring.
Summer - HOT! Leave early to avoid the heat and be aware the hike is in full sun.
Fall - Generally a great time to hike this trail. Great fall photography and temperatures.
Winter - Possible snowpack and ice make the trail hard to access and hard to follow. Use caution and check current conditions at the Zion Wilderness Desk.
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