Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

EASY 36 reviews
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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, UT that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

4.8 miles 1129 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Interstate 15: Use exit 40 to reach this facility. After exiting the highway turn eastward and follow the paved road 2 miles past the visitor center to the trailhead.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike in Kolob canyon. Didn't hear much about it so we were unsure. Easy hike that takes you to 2 cabins and a double arch. Well worth the hike, the views of the red walls were gorgeous and it was lightly trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed doing this one on the trip. A little history with the 2 cabins and a lot of scenery. Hiking in the spring the creeks were a little high but not a problem but it kept us out of the nearby narrows that we planned to do as well. Zion is my 2nd favorite place I've hiked thus far. i'd like to go back with a backpack and a week or more...

1 month ago

Beautiful hike in October. Fall leaves are awesome! Aside from the steep stairs at the beginning, a fairly easy hike. Took my 5 and 9 year-old and they did pretty good. You cross the creek a lot...water was low enough the adults stayed dry, but the kids needed help across with their short legs. I clocked the length on my GPS watch and it was 6 miles round trip. The ending isn't spectacular, but the views along the way are worth hiking it all.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike during the fall to see the leaves changing, does get a little chilly due to being in the shade for most of the hike in October.

1 month ago

Incredible views around every turn in the trail. Easy, well marked trail. Go beyond the arches in the creek for more views. Trail gets shaded by 11 am and is cool, so go early or bring a light wrap. Leaves showing beautiful fall colors!

3 months ago

A beautiful hike that follows the water the entire way. Ends in a large rock amphitheater which was a great place to take a break and have a bite. Great way to get ready for Zion. Not crowded at all on a weekday afternoon.

As mentioned by some other reviewers it is clearly marked NO DOGS (except for service animals).

3 months ago

This was a easy hike. We got lucky and had a little drizzle so it wasn't too hot. Jumping across streams and chasing wild turkeys was fun. Good preview of Zion

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike up Taylor Creek. It's relatively easy and the elevation gain is a slow, gradual climb. But due to overall elevation gain and length, I'd probably put it in the moderate category, though on the easier end of moderate. End of the trail features very nice, classic Zion landscapes with steep red cliffs.

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. It was rather easy, with beautiful scenery along the way. But two updated to the AllTrails description: 1) The trail is NO DOGS. After taking our dog along for the day, we decided to bring him on the hike since the parking lot was pretty empty, and no one we encountered seemed to mind. But it is definitely marked No Dogs. 2) The AllTrails map (along with the altitude changes) seems to go off course for the last bit of the trail (and indicates a steep climb and descent). The last portion of the trail is acually very flat and follows the stream bed to Double Arch Alcove, which is a big rock amphitheater.

3 months ago

Great scenery. Red cliffs. It's also a very good nature trail with lots to see. Easy walking for the most part. Many water crossings. Hour and half walk in. Take plenty of water and wear a sun hat.

hiking
4 months ago

My GPS tracked this at right around 7 miles total. Not sure how accurate that was, but it felt like 7 miles. Beautiful trail with some majestic views. Ran into a Mule Deer, Striped Whipsnake, a few huge butterflies, and a very friendly squirrel at the end (he tried to climb into my pack). Other than the climb up the stairs at the end, it was a fairly easy hike. Take plenty of water on a warm day. It was right at 100 degrees on our hike and I went through 2-3 liters.

hiking
5 months ago

about 3 miles each way...we'll worth it!

5 months ago

The trail was kept up well and easy . We enjoy the hike. Beautiful scenery. Be sure to take lots of water with you. I recommend this hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful quiet trail with an amazing payoff at the end of the trail before you turn back. If you want a decent hike that's off the beaten path with less foot traffic, this is the one for Zion. Some interesting views during the hike including 2 old log cabins and wonderful views of each cliff walls soaring above you on each side of the creek. It seemed longer than 4.5 mi (my GPS has us over 5 miles) and it was a decent workout that I would say it's more 'moderate' than 'easy'. No real climbing, which I suppose is why it's rated 'easy' ... but the 100 steps up to the parking area at the end of the hike was a bit of work.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved the trail. Beautiful setting. Water running in the bottom of the canyon. Small crowds on Friday midday before the weekend rush.

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect for a family hike. We took our 8 yr old, 6 yr old & 2 yr old (in a pack). It did seem longer than 5 miles, maybe b/c of the kids, but it was easy & really beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Went with very young children and they made the whole round trip without problems.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this area. Great hike away from the massive crowds of the main park. Yes there were quite a few people but the trail wasn't that crowded for a Friday before Memorial Day weekend

hiking
6 months ago

Well, the cat's out of the bag now and this once lesser known trail in an obscure corner of Zion Park has become increasingly more popular and crowded. I had only ever been here on weekdays until recently when I went on a Sunday and found the parking area almost completely full. This is a nice little hike of about five miles round trip and relatively easy. Many families with children. Many stream crossings but they are easy. Taylor Creek does not carry much water and from about July onward to whenever the rain starts to fall the water level is really low. Not much wildlife here other than lizards. Deer tracks in a few places but I've never seen deer. A series of steps built into the steep canyon side take you down into the canyon from the parking lot and provide a challenge at the end of your hike. The trail can be slushy and muddy after snow falls. Nice little gem of a trail. Has a remote feeling to it despite it's relatively easy accessibility.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike along the creek. Great views up the red rock cliffs. Also some historic cabins along the way that are great for photos.