Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

MODERATE 285 reviews
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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 715 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

no dogs

The start of the trail at the trailhead has a number of steep steps to begin with, however it does level out into a sandy trail through the canyons. Be prepared to cross the stream 15 times or more.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
22 hours ago

Breathtakingly beautiful. Went well beyond the end of the trail where the double arches are to the very end where I couldn’t go any further. Past the arches the gets lighter and lighter and a lot more difficult.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty easy with a few inclines. Shady spots to cool off and the creek helps too!

hiking
5 days ago

Nice trail in the Kolob area of Zion, follows a creek which you pass through many times along the way. Has areas of shade along the way. The alcove at the end is absolutely beautiful.

hiking
over grown
6 days ago

We crossed the water around 55 times

hiking
8 days ago

The creek is still running. The trail is a superb way to get away from crowds. Even in the high 90s, it was still pleasant, with sufficient water and shade gear.

Beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

One of my favorite hikes ever! Pretty easy, lots of easy ups and downs and a few dozen creek crossings. My gps and those around me said the trail was 3.3 miles each way when all was said and done. After ending at the double arch we headed up the dry creek bed and ended at a lovely little waterfall. Definitely worth the time!!

24 days ago

Nice trail, a little cooler on a hot day. Great views of the canyon walls, two old cabins also. The creek is still flowing but not much water. Nice new restrooms at the trailhead parking lot.

Awesome hike. 100% fun. Great views, plenty of stepping stones.

Definitely worth it even though there's no spectacular overlook! The natural carved out alcove is amazing. Hardly anyone on the trail which is much better than the main park section. You cross a stream about 50 times without any problem. It's very fun!

1 month ago

We did this hike two weeks ago, started around 11am. It was sleeting and there are a couple dozen creek crossings. The water was rising and we were a little nervous for flash flooding, but it was still incredibly beautiful. The alcove and double arch is stunning and luckily the rain subsided, making for an easier trek back. So glad we did this hike.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

The only thing that made this trail worth doing was the double arch alcove at the very end. I definitely recommend walking the extra 10 minutes up the creek to the waterfall. It isn't impressive from a flow rate perspective but it is quite tall and has an interesting flow direction down the rock. The flies were terrible, you couldn't even stop for a drink without getting attacked. If you're looking for a hike in the Kolob area it's worth it for the view at the end but if you're strapped for time, just take the drive to the top to overlook the canyon.

Incredible hike. One that should not be missed in Zion. The trail was in great shape. Many stream crossings but as long as you have decent boots, it's possible to stay dry. Make sure you pass the alcove to find the waterfall about 20 minutes further.

hiking
1 month ago

Best trail in Zion. No crowds and you can really connect with nature here. The extra 10 mins hike after double arch cove for the waterfall are worth it!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

LOVED this. If you can commit to hiking in wet shoes, you will also love this hike. Sadly, we didn't have time to do the entire trail, but it was beautiful. I wish we could have made it to the views at the end. The creek is not that deep or difficult to pass. We walked through it at least 25 times (one way) and only made it 2/3rds of the way in. The Narrows was closed for hikers so this was our substitute :)

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with great view at the end and a waterfall off to the left of the end of the trail (just follow the creek up), ends up being over five miles so bring snacks and plenty of water. Flies and mosquitoes were everywhere so bring bug spray if you don’t want to get eaten

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great canyon hike up the creek. It has several creek crossings and you probably need to prepare for that to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The arches at the end and the cabins along the way break up the hike too. There is a waterfall past the arches for a nice bonus!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail from beginning to end. It was perfect weather, plenty of shade, and the vistas were just breathtaking. Not a particularly difficult hike at all. We will take the grandchildren next time.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful hikes we did in the Zion area. Creek crossings are easy enough to navigate via walking rocks. The double arch is pretty impressive at the end— felt longer than it says, but oh so worth it.

One of my all time favorites. This is a hidden gem in Zion. Incredible views of the rocks, a wonderful cave, and if you go a little farther than the map says, you get a waterfall. It’s epic and quaint all rolled into one hike. As a bonus, it’s also more on the easy side than moderate. Hardest part is crossing the creek multiple times. But as others have said, if you have waterproof boots you’ll be fine. I went on memorial day weekend and saw maybe 20 people total.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful hike but check the weather before you go. We had an easy hike to the alcove, easy stream crossings the entire way. Started raining steadily just before we reached the alcove and the stream rose quickly such that we ended up mostly wading across on the way back, arriving back to the trailhead with frozen feet. So go on a dry day or prepare for getting wet.

This trail is so serene. Overall about 100 creek crossings out and back. All super easy though. The creek and tall cliffs are quite breathtaking. The alcove at the end doesn’t look real! One of my favorite hikes I’ve done! Just do it early to avoid people

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

great views, when you get to the double arches, follow the creek 10 more minutes for a cool waterfall! better views of the arches on the way back from waterfall too.

hiking
2 months ago

A great trail and if your willing to go the extra ten minutes after the alcove arch you see a great little waterfall.

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