Thing to Do

West Rim to Scout Lookout

A hiker with an orange backpack standing on sandstone looks at the Angels Landing peak.
Hiker on Scout Lookout looking towards Angels Landing and the Great White Throne.


The strenuous West Rim Trail ascends ~1,000 ft (305 m) to Scout Lookout, high above the canyon floor. Hikers cross the Virgin River and then ascend a series of steep switchbacks along the canyon wall. The trail flattens out as it enters Refrigerator Canyon, offering relief from the heat and elevation gain of the previous segment, but resumes the climb shortly afterward at Walter’s Wiggles: a series of 21 switchbacks that leads hikers to Scout Lookout, a relatively flat, sandy area with some shade.

At Scout Lookout, there is a junction with the West Rim Trail and the route to Angels Landing. Many hikers choose to stop here to enjoy the views of Zion Canyon, or to look for the endangered California condors that call the cliffs home. Those looking to continue hiking to the end of Angels Landing will need a permit from

Water and restrooms are available at The Grotto, and restrooms are available at Scout Lookout. There is no water available at Scout Lookout.
3-4 Hours
Pets Allowed
Park entrance fees apply.
Access the trailhead at The Grotto (shuttle stop #6). Cross the road and over the bridge to begin the West Rim Trail.
Year Round
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
Trail is paved, steep, and narrow in sections. Climbs ~1,000 ft (305 m) in elevation, without hand railings or fences. Refrigerator Canyon can be dark with low-visibility, especially in the early morning and late evening.

Zion National Park

Last updated: September 18, 2023