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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures ***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures Details


To climbers, Lady Mountain is the beautiful and impressively shear, north facing wall in the upper Emerald pools area. From it's summit, this 2,200' wall is perhaps the steepest, and smoothest in Zion. One grade VI has been done here. The upper pools area is memorable as you are surrounded on 3 sides by large sandstone monoliths. Heaps and Behunin canyons drain into this stunning area.

The southeast side sports the standard mountaineers hike to the summit. A short rope will be needed for a few pitches along this cool trail. Views from the summit are unique. The hike takes at least 1/2 a day...Great hike, A must do!

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Take the Emerald Pools trail.

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Buzz Burrell
Buzz Burrell   Boulder
The was a trail constructed in 1923 to take guests from Zion Lodge to the top of Lady Mountain. A very ambitious route, it was abandoned by the Park Service in the 60's, which means it now is a great scramble route! Best done when it's cool or even drizzly, a rope is not needed, a handline might help, and you have to navigate and look carefully to follow remnants of the trail. It's worth it.

Route description (excellent canyoneering site) here: canyoneeringusa.com/utah/zion/

I went from the Bridge to the plaque on top in 64:32; the r/t was 1:48:28 including taking wrong turn on the way down. Jun 14, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
raygay   Las Vegas, Nevada
Buzz, that's a very impressive time for this very steep and convoluted trail. Most people, even those in good shape, should plan for a half-day outing. For those attempting this hike for the first time, I'd suggest reserving the whole day, both to deal with route finding on a trail that is easy to lose in places and to enjoy the magnificent vistas from the summit over a leisurely lunch. Also, keep in mind that the east face gets sun all morning long and can be very hot from May to September. There is no water available on the trail. Nov 13, 2008
Kris Hjelle
Grand Junction, CO
Kris Hjelle   Grand Junction, CO
I very much agree with raygay. I don't know if that was Buzz's onsight time, if so, he's close to superhuman. canyoneeringusa, linked by Buzz, gives it 6-10 hours which is much more reasonable. We could probably have done it in about 5 hours, including a little time at the top, without our companions who were less comfortable with the scrambling and exposure. 80' rope was plenty. Many people will want a rope on the two cruxes, especially the first which has a potentially ugly fall. Lots of scrambling makes an interesting route. If you lose the arrows for a little while you are most likely off route. We used one each .5 & .75 Camalots. Oct 20, 2018