Hidden Canyon Trail

MODERATE 257 reviews
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Hidden Canyon Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Carmel, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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 minutes ago

Considering what is around, I'd say skip this. Go to observation point (which is longer and harder but much better). I added it as extra miles to cap the day, but I don't think I've reach the true end of this hike - you need to scramble after some point.

2 days ago

Loved the hike. Amazing views going up. Thinking of it as a good prep hike for Angels Landing

A challenging hike for sure not because of the length of the trial but the elevation and the narrow paths on the cliffs. But it is so worthwhile and memorable!

hiking
6 days ago

love this one too..you got to experienced the "chain" and drop off..just be careful and you be okey.

9 days ago

We enjoyed this hike more so than Angel's Landing. It was our favorite among 8 trails we did. Exploring far back into the canyon is a must. There is quite a bit of sand making the chains necessary from slipping and honestly this hike seemed more of a risk of falling than Angel's Landing. Don't let this prevent you from going.

hiking
16 days ago

The canyon was a fun surprise!

16 days ago

Great and challenging hike. No view really at the top if you stay on trail. I was told if u scramble back off trail there is an arch. The pest part of the hike for me was facing my fear of heights and pushing myself on the way up.

hiking
24 days ago

Shoes with good traction is a must. There are some edges with a chain for support, but the fine sand that blows on the sandstone can make some places really slippery.

hiking
25 days ago

Excellent hike to get away from the annoying crowds of Zion. There were still quite a few people on the trail (spring break right before Easter) but compared to the rest of the park it’s relatively peaceful. Shoes with good traction are recommended; my son’s running shoes slid around on the sandy slick rock but my Merrill hikers did better.

When you reach the area with the potholes near the top, go a little way to the right for a great view of the canyon floor waaay below you, but then return to the pools and go the left for the best part of the hike. It’s cool and damp with ferns and moss clinging to the tall rock walls. When you get to a sign saying they you’re at the end of the trail and should turn back, ignore that and keep going. You’ll find a small freestanding arch further up. I was very lucky and found an owl in a tree just above the arch!

30 days ago

Great once past the switchbacks in the beginning. Good variety throughout.

hiking
30 days ago

Once you get past the switchbacks in the beginning, the hike is well worth it! Beautiful views at the top. Our group continued to the arch and even went a little past it. Fun hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hidden Canyon trail is a great short hike that provides everything you could ask for in exciting experiences with great views. After climbing up the first first part of the switchbacks from the Weeping Rock parking lot, the Hidden Canyon trail takes off to the right. A few more tight switchbacks and you are now ready for the fun of navigating the rock ledges with the chains. Finally you are in the canyon and being amazed by the height and beauty of the rock. It is like having three different experiences in one hike.

1 month ago

The views are amazing ! Well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're doing the east rim to observation point I would save this for on the way down! Quick hike, fun adrenaline kick for those not afraid of heights.

1 month ago

I loved this hike. It's fairly short but fantastic views especially during sunset, and a little treachery which adds to the appeal. We did it in a snow storm and felt pretty safe.

2 months ago

I don't understand why this is rated as moderate. very high drop offs, not for anyone scared of hights. not for me.

2 months ago

Challenging hike with great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Super fun quick hike up. The incline is immediate in the many switchbacks but once you get to the ledges, the view is completely worth it. Back inside the canyon is good for some fun scramble over the rocks.

3 months ago

A great hike! We needed our day with this one. It was very relaxing once you get in to the canyon. Stays pretty cool and there is some scrambling

3 months ago

we went as far back into the canyon as you can go and it was amazing! definitely one I'd recommend to others. lots of simple scrambling involved!

3 months ago

Awesome hike!! Great views of Zion!! Inside the canyon there is a cool 20' arch. Great quick hike will do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

Boring up the switchbacks but a blast once you get into the canyon. Definitely not for those that are afraid of heights and scrambling.

hiking
4 months ago

Hidden Canyon is a neat little hike that isn't quite as heavily trafficked as some others in the main canyon. The trail is fairly steep to start but is mostly paved and easy to follow. Go right at the fork. There are some chains; however, I did this right after Angels Landing, and I don't think this even begins to compare in difficulty to Angels Landing. The canyon at the end is cool to explore. There are a few "obstacles," but there are logs and rocks set up to allow them to be traversed fairly easily.

hiking
5 months ago

Switchbacks are steep but the canyon reward is well worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Really fun trails with switchbacks and some rock scrambling. Might not be for you if you are afraid of heights. But I think it looks more dangerous in pictures than what it really is. I did not feel in danger at any point. Combine it with Observation point to see great views and save a couple of miles on the trip.

5 months ago

Gained elevation on the exposed switchbacks with beautiful views of the valley, the trail then becomes a thrilling chain-hold walk along the face of cliff, which terminates in a beautiful, too short, “hidden canyon.” There are a couple of areas to scramble over rock piles to continue up the narrow, lovely canyon, but they’re very manageable. Very peaceful and quiet.

hiking
5 months ago

Was cool being on the rock ledge and then doing a minie rock scramble.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this one. After the slog of switchbacks up to the cliff side, it becomes a lot of fun. There are a few rock scrambles once you reach the canyon and I almost didn't make the last one until I found a hidden hand-hold. The GPS track record looks like it keeps going on, but I decided to stop at the end-of-trail sign instead of looking for a way past. The color variations in the rock are beautiful and there is an arch about midway through the canyon. Only one other group (or rather half a group) entered the canyon when I did past the first rock scramble and nobody else entered it the whole time I was there (I ended up having breakfast/brunch at the end of the trail then slowly walked back, taking pictures).

6 months ago

Nice climb. Holding onto chains I believe can give you sense of Angels Landing. The end was a bit of a disappointment. Oh, this is it?

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike - pretty strenuous going up and there are some areas near the top where you need to hold on to chains so if you are afraid of heights I would suggest not doing that part

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