Ascent of Observation Point on 2012-06-14

Climber: Krystal Wanberg

Date:Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Observation Point
    Elevation:6507 ft / 1983 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cars aren't allowed into Zion Canyon, even before shuttle operating hours. If you want to get on the trails before the sun is up, bring a bike.

Easy, well marked trail. It got a little warm because we started later than hoped. The top of Observation Point is tall, and the views are fine. If you only have to climb one thing in the park- Check out Angels Landing (shorter, but spectacular views!)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2547 ft / 775 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2307 ft / 702 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
The sun baked rock surfaces radiate heat later in the day.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2347 ft / 715 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2147 ft / 655 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Observation Point Trail
    Start Trailhead:Weeping Rock shuttle stop  4360 ft / 1328 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2107 ft / 642 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1907 ft / 581 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Observation Point Trail
    End Trailhead:Jct: Observation Pt X Hidden Canyon 4600 ft / 140  4600 ft / 1402 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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