Tall ponderosa pines adorn the high East Rim. Photo: National Park Service
A More Subtle Zion.The East Rim crisscrosses the eastern rim of Zion Canyon. The trail is most often accessed either at the top of the lateau, at the East Rim trailhead near the Park's east entrance, or at the bottom of the trail, at the Weeping Rock Trailhead in the Main Canyon.
Like the West Rim trail, you can hike the East Rim Trail bottom-up or top-down, but starting at the top (via shuttle service or car shuttle) makes the hiking a lot easier on your heart and lungs (though your knees take up the slack). The trail loses significant elevation over its entiretyl, but there are still numerous sections of uphill hiking. If hiking up from Weeping Rock, allow more time and more energy to climb the trail as it switchbacks out of the canyon. The East Rim is the backbone of an extensive trail system that includes the Deertrap Mountain, Cable Mountain, East Mesa, and Observation Point trails. It can be fun to explore the East Rim as a 2- or 3-day backpack trip, which allows you to see a variety of viewpoints on the East Side.The East Rim trail is also the typical final section of the 47.3-mile (76.1 km) TRANS ZION TREK.
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