Lower West Rim Trail, Zion National Park Hiking

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Lower West Rim Trail

Hiking in Zion National Park is ideal on the West Rim Trail, and the Lower West Rim Trail, with incredible views like Refrigerator Canyon, Cathedral Mountain and Little Siberia Valley. Read More

  • The West Rim Trail and its lower section provide an extremely scenic hike
  • Backpacking is great along this trail
  • This is a 15.4-mile one-way hike through Zion National Park
  • Strenuous with a 3,140-foot elevation gain
  • Stop at Scout Lookout to enjoy the view of Virgin River

Overview

Zion National Park offers wonderful hiking opportunities among the red rock wonders of the park, and the West Rim Trail is no exception. Following the West Rim Trail and moving along the Lower West Rim Trail provides sights that make memories. The views of Zion Canyon, the thrilling steep drop-offs that keep you on your toes, the rivers rushing by, and the wildflowers along the path.

One of the favorite spots along the trail is Refrigerator Canyon, the steep and colorful walls providing a shady place to rest. Brave the switchbacks of Walter’s Wiggles and stop at Scout Lookout to enjoy the view of the Virgin River. All this and much more make this hike one of the most memorable you’ll experience.

Trailhead

The Grotto Picnic Area in Zion Canyon is the trailhead for the West Rim Trail as well as Angels Landing Trail. From the picnic area, cross the road and the trailhead is across the footbridge.

Details (for the entire West Rim Trail)

  • Distance – 15.4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike – 8 hours
  • Elevation Gain – 3,140 feet
  • Difficulty – Strenuous
  • Trail Type – One-way

Plan & Prepare

You can hike the West Rim Trail all year, but the best time to come is from June to October. Early spring or November is good if you don’t mind a little remaining snow and ice.

Be aware that you’ll need a permit if you are going to be backpacking and spending the night in the backcountry.

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