Scout Lookout is the closest you can hike to Angel's Landing without a permit, and it offers much of the beauty of that hike without the anxiety of the chains section. To get to Scout Lookout, we'll take the West Rim Trail takes us straight up the side of Zion Canyon; you'll have to work for the views. Once at the top, you get panoramic views of Zion and a front-row seat to watch people navigating the chains. While challenging, this hike has no scary edges, narrow chain sections, or permit requirements.
- Video and Turn-by-Turn Directions to Hike Scout Lookout
- Where to Start the Scout Lookout Hike
- Insider Tips & Recommendations
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is Scout Landing?
To start the hike to Scout Landing, we're going to leave from The Grotto. During most of the year you'll take a shuttle bus here, and in the off-season you can drive and park at the Grotto. If you are taking the shuttle, here is the schedule and route. If you are driving, navigate to The Grotto Picnic Area.
The Grotto has bathrooms and water refills.
Gear For the Hike
Your best bet for the hike is to wear fitness clothing or light hiking gear. Bring at least 1L of water and be prepared to sweat. Although steep, the pavement on most of the trail makes it hard for trekking poles to dig in.
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Scout Landing Trail Maps
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Scout Landing Hike Directions
Turn by Turn Directions
Cable Mountain's namesake was a cable car that transported lumber 2000 feet down to the canyon from the upper area of Zion. It opened in 1901 and managed to strip the land of lumber by 1927 when it closed.
Be quiet when hiking along Refrigerator Canyon. It's home to the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl, one of the largest owls in North America. Loud noises disturb their nesting.
If you need to use a bathroom, they're directly behind you from the last photo.
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