A Grand View. Observation Point offers a tremendous view from high on the east canyon rim. From here, Zion can be seen as a vast, dissected plateau. The view is not as intimate as from Angels Landing and the effort substantially more, so there tend to be many fewer people, making for a quieter experience.
The trail from Weeping Rock up through Echo Canyon follows an old Paiute Indian trail, which was expanded by pioneer John Winder in 1896 to handle pack horses and cattle. When Stephen S. Johnson christened Observation Point and Mt. Baldy in 1922, Zion visitors had to hike 18 miles to reach the viewpoint. The current Observation Point Trail was constructed during the trail-building frenzy of the late 1920's, reducing the route length by a third.
VARIATION: You can also hike to Observation Point from the East Mesa Trail, located on the East Side of the park, about an hour drive from Springdale. This variation is about the same distance but saves you 2000 feet of elevation gain, since it starts on top of the plateau.