I love hiking. The hard work, the solitude, and especially the views. Exploring a new trail can be a real thrill. As Zion continues to be more and more crowded, I’ve turned more of my attention to finding amazing hiking options outside the park. Eagle Crags has been on my list for awhile simply because it is so close to the National Park that it offers an experience and view like it’s in the park without actually being a Zion hike.
Getting to the Trail
The road getting to the trailhead is ugly at best, and you shouldn’t consider this hike if you don’t have a vehicle with decent clearance. Small sedans need not apply. But once you’ve tackled the short drive up from Rockville, you’ll be greeted with an incredible hike full of amazing views and a crown of giant rock spires.
There are lots of good reasons to do a hike, but the typical purpose behind most hikes is to get to a new, elevated location and take in a beautiful panoramic view. Eagle Crags has an incredible view of not just Zion but of the whole surrounding area to the west as well. As you continue to slowly climb higher and higher up the trail, the view progresses from barely there through the juniper trees to an unobstructed view of the main canyon of Zion and the canyon to the east of that canyon as well. The big surprise for me The was that the east canyon had a lake tucked away in it that I never knew was there.
From the bottom of the canyon, you can look up and see the actual crags of this hike from pretty far away. At this point, they look like little more than thorns on top of a mountain. As you come to the end of the hike, you’ll end up right at the base of these monster stone monoliths that tower over you in a peculiar crown-like formation. They were really impressive up close, and I couldn’t help but feel like a return trip with rock climbing gear would be a great idea.
Don’t miss out on everything else the world has to offer just because it doesn’t have the fancy title of National Park. I only saw one other hiker the whole time I hiked Eagle Crags. And while I appreciate the solitude on my hikes, I also know that a lot more people should be able to appreciate this amazing hike and many more like it just outside of the park boundaries.