Hidden Canyon Trail

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Hidden Canyon Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, UT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

3.2 miles 1064 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Hidden Canyon is a strenuous 2.4 mile out and back trail that bears right opposite the Weeping Rock Trail and ascends steep switchbacks and along a cliff face into the mouth of a narrow canyon crevice between Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne. Hidden Canyon is a strenuous 2.4 mile out and back trail that bears right opposite the Weeping Rock Trail and ascends steep switchbacks and along a cliff face into the mouth of a narrow canyon crevice between Cable Mountain and the Great White Throne. The trail offers some awesome views and provides steel chains set in the rock to assist with traversing a dangerous cliff. This trail is not recommended for children. The trailhead is shared with the trail to Weeping Rock and East Rim Trail routes, at the top of the Big Bend. Take the right fork to climb 850 feet up steep switchbacks and across chain-assisted cliffs with some amazingly sheer and dangerous drop offs. The traditional trail ends at a slickrock surrounded set of pools and potholes that can become a raging waterfall during heavy rainstorms. This entrance to Hidden Canyon then leads to a free-standing arch and many boulders along the crevice between Cable Mountain (North and East face) and the Great White Throne (South and West Face). Much less crowded than the other trail routes along the Zion Scenic Road. The bouldering route just past the potholes continues another half-mile up the canyon before the route may get too technical for some visitors. The rest of the canyon requires technical climbing skills, though there are two arches before the canyon emerges atop the plateau.

hiking
2 days ago

A great hike. It's a workout for the first mile as you switchback up the face of the cliff. After that there are lots of fun little rock scrambles but mainly flat hiking through the canyon to the arch. Easy coming back down. Once you are back to the parking lot, make sure you take the time to jaunt up the very short trail to Weeping Rock. It's easy, short and totally worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike. Getting up to top was a good workout. The "chain" section was awesome and continuing on to the mini arch was fun. Saw several people that didn't make it to top, just to hard for them but if your in reasonable shape no issues. Recommend this hike to anyone that is up for it.

12 days ago

Challenging, but worth the effort, especially after starting into the "hidden" portion. Even with the chains there is still solid footing. The staircase was beautiful in autumn!

hiking
29 days ago

We had a great time on this hike. It was challenging with beautiful views. Some chains and some scrambling, but the views were worth the effort.

1 month ago

This was such a different experience of trailing because it had it all. Don't want to give to much info because you got to see it for yourself. Good luck

1 month ago

In a lot of ways this was almost the equal of Angel's Landing but less difficult. Good alternative if you want some difficult passes (narrow trails in a rock face with chains for stability) and some (almost) equally great views. At the top you can continue past the end of the official trail into a narrow canyon. Requires some scrambling but definitely worth it. Wear layers on this one, it's hot on the way up but much cooler in the shady canyon.

1 month ago

Very fun!!!!! Scrambling required!
Bugs inside canyon FYI!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike and I'd put it on the strenuous end of "moderate" due to elevation gain! The cliff section with chains will seem sketchy to people with a fear of heights. I wouldn't recommend this one for kids mainly due to the narrow trail and cliff danger.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! One of my favorites in Zion.

3 months ago

Hidden Gem of Zion, Very quiet trail (At least when we were there) yet very challenging (little climbing & Some death defying drops) (would not do if you have a fear of heights) this might push those fears to much, Mosquitoes get bad once you actually enter the Hidden Canyon, Prepare accordingly

4 months ago

5 months ago

Fun trail!

hiking
6 months ago

This was a good side trail - less strenuous than Angel's Landing or Observation Point, so definitely a good lighter trail if you've already spent a few days hiking/have sore muscles. It is fairly enclosed as well, so on hot days it would be a good trail to escape the heat on. We completely missed the "arch" marking the end of the trail before the technical section begins, so heads up - if you hit the log you have to use to cross a section of water, you've gone too far!
Some good lunch spots, and interesting (but relatively easy) scrambling.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it! First hike in Zion and it was amazing. Going beyond the maintained path into the canyon was definitely a work out but so worth it. If you like bouldering, it's the trail for you.

hiking
6 months ago

The switchbacks at the beginning of this hike are a bit steep, but pace yourself and you will be fine. There are a few sections with chains, but the chains aren't really necessary unless it's wet (you'll probably want a hand on them anyway - you never know when you might lose your balance).

Once you hit the mouth of Hidden Canyon this becomes a "Choose your own Adventure" type of hike. There are multiple obstacles that will prevent you from moving forward unless you scramble and climb your way around them. There are also multiple side areas where you could climb up the rock a bit and do some more exploring (be careful though - these areas are not well traveled and the combination of overgrowth and loose rock make them dangerous).

Our group went as far as the log that stretches across a beautifully dirty pond followed by another log you have to climb up to continue on the trail. That second log became our turnaround point.

Overall, this was a beautiful hike with very few hikers and lots of scrambling opportunities. Kiddos should be just fine for a good portion of the trail, just hold onto them in the chain section.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful!! A little challenge but every bit worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous!!! I wouldn't call this easy though. The switchbacks up the mountain are rough for those not acclimated to the altitude. The top has a narrow trail up the side of the mountain with only a chain to hang on to. Not for those fearful of heights.

hiking
7 months ago

Anyone who wants to do Angel's Landing should try this hike first. Very steep hike up via switchbacks, then a narrow walk up the side of the canyon with exposure and a chain guide for about 10 minutes (depending on your rate). While the stepping places themselves are probably pretty secure, the sand blown in from around the canyon makes them less reliable. Glad I did it, but definitely not to be underestimated.