Escape the Crowd The West Rim Trail is most commonly hiked from the top down, starting at Lava Point and descending about 14 miles into the Main Canyon. However, due to seasonal, time, wildfire, or access constraints, the full top-down may not be available or practical for your party. The good news is the West Rim Trail is also a great hike from the bottom-up.
The full West Rim route is 14.4 miles to Lava Point, but most day-hikers from the Main Canyon will turn around once atop the West Rim plateau, after enjoying the views from up there. Once past the turnoff for Angels Landing, the crowds thin remarkably, but the sights continue to impress.
For hikers seeking a sweeping view of Zion canyon, but not interested in the final chain-grasping ridge of Angel's Landing, hiking up the West Rim about 45 minutes from Scouts Lookout provides a great view away from the crowds.