Hidden Canyon Trail

MODERATE 307 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 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.

23 days ago

This trail is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Great views of the canyon and absolutely exhilarating with the large drop offs and hairpin switchbacks.

I did this hike on 7/20 and as of today, 7/21, I was informed by a ranger that the trail is CLOSED due to a rock fall.

1 month ago

The begin is very steep but getting to the area where you hold on to chains and try to keep from slipping was very fun! Combined with observation point this trail is wonderful

hiking
1 month ago

This trail gives you a quick look at weeping rock and then a wall of switch backs. I would recommend going left onto observation point, or doing observation point and this the same day. Its a fun little canyon but a good climb to get to it.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail to take, and if you want a good full day of hiking, you can do Weeping Rock, Hidden Canyon, and Observation Point all in one day. Hidden Canyon has some spots with good shade, so it's a good one to do on a hot day. There are a couple places where you have to shimmy along a cliff face holding onto chains - it can be nerve-racking and there isn't enough room to deal with traffic.

1 month ago

This is a nice hike to do. Wasn't to hard we did it with our 3 kids 5,7,10. They had no irritable doing it. We hiked all the way back to see the arch. It was pretty cool. You have to hike about 700 feet past the last sign that says end of trail turn back. I think it was worth the hike. Go early if you want to beat the crowd.

hiking
2 months ago

Recommend this hike for those that want a little less traveled while visiting Zion. Very steep switchbacks on the climb up with sheer drop offs to one side as you hike. Some areas have chains to assist those afraid to walk freely (I recommend holding the chains, but that may be my fear of heights). Once to the canyon we almost turned back before reaching the end because we didn't realize there was a small free standing arch, and a sign that says end of trail but another hiker motivated us as he was going down. I would recommend this hike for the sure footed hiker as parts get a little sketchy along the way but it is completely work the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

This is like a baby angels landing. Still amazing hike and has fun rock climbing at the top. Arch is at beginning of the canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

Great view. Long drop offs, not for anyone fearful of heights.

2 months ago

Once you get inside the canyon its cooler and narrow. Really get an up close feeling of the sheerness of the vertical rock walls. We got a frog symphony at a small pool. good reward for the uphill climb. There were just a few chains on the trail. Small arch on the right side of the canyon as you continue in.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, really enjoyed the unmaintained trail to the arch as well. but it is a tier below the "big name" hikes of zion

hiking
3 months ago

We did this trail after coming down from Observation Point on East Rim Trail (once you're above the early nasty East Rim switchbacks, you may as well maximize your fun). We hadn't yet done Angels Landing, so the few sections on Hidden Canyon with chains at the exposed sections were a fun warm up for that. Some nice views on the way up. We didn't go way into the Canyon itself - only scrambled over a few rock obstacles, so we didn't see the arch. We were more interesting in seeing what an exposed face with a grab chain was like.

3 months ago

Very unique trail! And you get to use some chains like Angel’s Landing which is cool. The first part is all switchbacks and then a short walk to the canyon. You can go pretty far into the canyon even passed the end of trail sign if you’re willing to scramble and stuff, but it doesn’t really amount to a view or anything.

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3 months ago

Loved this hike. It has a little bit of everything and is not very long. You do some ledges, scrambling and the views are good. It is a mini Angels Landing with 5% of the people.

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

3 months 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
4 months ago

The canyon was a fun surprise!

4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months ago

The views are amazing ! Well worth it.

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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.

6 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.

6 months ago

Challenging hike with great views.

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