Observation Point

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1. The first part of this hike is a steep climb to Echo Canyon that shares a portion of the Hidden Canyon trail.  The photograph shows the Hidden Canyon trail branching off.

2. Water sculptured rock in Echo Canyon.

3. Cable Mountain.  Early settlers of Zion Canyon, having difficulty finding suitable timber within Zion Canyon to build homes, turned to the Canyon rim where enough suitable timber was available.  But transporting the timber was a difficult task.  As an experiment, they cut a tall 3 foot diameter pine at the top and rolled it over the cliffs edge. When it reached the canyon floor it shattered into kindling.  After finding that the logs couldn't survive the fall, they built a cable works atop Cable Mountain to lower the logs to the canyon floor.

4. A telephoto of the cable works at the top of the cliff.

5. Carved rock walls along the trail.

6. A tree rooted in the sandstone along the trail.

7. Looking south into Zion Canyon from Observation Point.  Angels Landing and The Organ are in the foreground.

8. A Telephoto of Hidden Canyon with some of its trail in the shade.

9. Another hiker enjoying the view from the top.