This through-hike starts at Lava Point Trailhead, in Kolob Canyons, and ends at West Rim Trailhead, in Zion Canyon; or vice versa. In total, the trail is 16 miles, and is ideal for a backpacking trip, with a wilderness shuttle. Since many visitors don’t have the time or resources for a multiday backpacking trip, a great way to see this trail as a day hike would be to start at the West Rim Trailhead, at shuttle stop #6 (The Grotto). The trail here begins up the same switchbacks—including Walter’s Wiggles—as the trail to Angel’s Landing. Once you reach Scout’s Lookout, the trail for West Rim begins to the left, and traverses the rim of the canyon, giving you an aw-inspiring perspective of the canyon below, and the massive cliffs surrounding you.
Unless you have prepared in advance for the long through-hike to Lava Point, hike along the rim until you are ready to head back to the trailhead, then simply turn around and hike down the way you came up.