Weeping Wall Trail

The Weeping Wall trail takes you a short distance up to where water seeps through the rock from above and drips down into a shallow cave at the base of the cliff wall.  It is not only refreshing when the weather is warm but interesting to see how life takes advantage of this phenomenon.

The paved trail leaves from the Weeping Rock Canyon Line stop in Zion National Park. It is only .4 miles round trip and about 100 ft elevation gain.  The trail is not level and has a few spots with a drop off, but if you take your time, most abilities could make the short journey but wheeled devices would struggle where it becomes narrow and steep in the switchbacks. Please check with the visitor center for trail conditions before you head up the canyon.

When you get off the shuttle at Weeping Rock, you are presented with a beautiful view of the canyon wall. Take a minute and enjoy it!

Turning up the road that leads to the trailhead, you can observe how life has congregated around the precious water available in the park.

The trail soon splits with the right being the East Rim Trail to Hidden Canyon and Observation Point (and beyond) and the left being the brief walk towards the Weeping Rock.  There is a kiosk here with more information on the hikes available and history of the area.

As you make your way up, above you can see where water has descended through the rock layers and met an impermeable layer forcing it out in seeps over the lower tiers of sandstone.

The first thing you notice when you approach the end of the trail is the light mist coming off the alcove above you.  The bright green moss clings to the cracks and divots etched by the constant dripping of the water as it trickles down to the canyon floor.

Ferns and other greenery take advantage and perch on outcroppings anywhere they can, both natural and manmade.  Expect to get sprinkled on but if the temperature is up, you won’t be complaining!

From here, take a glance back down the canyon and you have the sandstone and limestone that make up those iconic Zion vistas.

There are bathrooms at the trailhead but no drinking water available so pack your water bottles.  The nice thing about this hike is that you can do it in a short amount of time and be back on the shuttle to head back down the canyon or to another hike.  I did this one after Angel’s Landing and then continued my travel in the park by finishing the shuttle ride up and then back down to the visitor’s center all by noon before the crowds had taken over the park!

For more information and current conditions, you can visit my page on Zion National Park or the NPS website HERE.

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