Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

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
1 month ago

Me and my wife carefully counting all creek crossings, it is 63 times each way, so total should be 63x2=126 times; some of them are in and out the water on the same side, those should be considered crossing too; a lots of snow on the surface of creek, it makes our crossing easier without touching the water.

hiking
2 months ago

After two days in the main canyon at Zion, my husband and I were ready for a break from the crowds. We did this hike on Saturday 11/25. The trail is sandy but easy to follow. The challenge is the creek crossings--I counted ~52 each way. That's right, over 100 creek crossings roundtrip. That means lots of ups and downs. The creek is low right now, so we were able to avoid getting our feet wet. The double arches at the end are very pretty, and there are some good views of the rock throughout, as well. We saw several other groups (but nowhere near the crowds as the main area of the park). There was plenty of parking at the trailhead. Definitely recommend for a change of pace.

2 months ago

Great easy trail. You can continue past the arches and there is a waterfall with a small trickle of water. You can keep going past that but we did not go, next time.

3 months ago

Nice trail. 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. As others have said, be prepared to cross the stream 15 times or more.

hiking
4 months ago

In some sections you can easily jog even with a Camelbak 3 litre reservoir. Double Arches at end are worth this easy out and back hike

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike without any strenuous climbing that's great for kids. We took our 7 and 9 year old children and they loved it. Plan to cross the small stream 50+ times, which along with majestic views, makes this a fun hike. Great to experience this hike without all the crowds typical of a Saturday at ZNP.

5 months ago

Wonderful trail with lots of creek crossings, and a beautiful arc in the wall of the canyon that fills you with awe. We did this trail after finding an hour + wait for shuttles at Zion on Labor Day weekend. A park ranger recommended it as an alternative and it didn't disappoint. Experienced and beginners will enjoy lack of crowds, easy pace and bountiful beauty. We endured a downpour, thunderstorm, rising waters and lots of mud and I enjoyed every minute.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is on the Kolob Canyon side of Zion, right off of I-15 between Cedar City and St George. There are only a couple of hikes available on this side of Zion. This one is relatively easy, except for the heat this time of year. There is some shade on the trail. The elevation gain is not that noticeable amid the ups and downs of the trail as it crosses the creek dozens of times. I agree with the person who described this as "Zion in miniature". There are lots of hikes in Southern Utah that have more spectacular scenery than this one, but it's not too shabby, and much less crowded than other places.

hiking
6 months ago

Not to strenuous of a hike, positive is that it is far less trafficked than the other more popular hikes within Zion, however you still get a reward all the way through to the end!

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorites!!

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful, relatively secluded hike up a stream past a couple cabins up to a huge concave "weeping rock".

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail in mid June 2017. Weather was perfect around mid 70's. Very easy hike with great views and hardly any traffic on the trail. I would recommend this as an excellent alternative to the larger National Parks.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice wilderness hike, would've given a 5 if there weren't 20 creek crossings! Yikes. Double arch at end was neat. Best part is it isn't not touristy, a real nature hike.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike of varying views. Love the double arch alcove at the end! Tons of water crossings make it fun!

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy-moderate, beautiful trail that is kind of Zion-in-miniature. You get high peaks, a deep canyon chiseled by water, an upstream hike to majestic red arches, and, beyond the arches, a narrow but very pretty waterfall. Like most trails in the Zion Wilderness, traffic on the trail isn't particularly heavy. Recommended.

hiking
8 months ago

Really fun scenic. hike

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great hike! Lots of short ups and downs to keep you on your toes, and many creek crossings with rock balancing/hopping. The end is worth it and the walk was beautiful.

9 months ago

Amazing hike! So much greenery in this section of the park. Lots of different vegetation and wildlife to see along the way as well as many fun stream crossings (all shallow, no wet feet!). It gets better and better the further you go as the canyon begins to narrow bringing the beautiful rock formations closer to you on both sides. Ends with large, natural amphitheater and an arch! One of the bet hikes I did in Zion!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Not too difficult. Very beautiful often shaded hike along the creek. Arches are worth seeing at the end.

hiking
10 months ago

Last hike of our 6 day Utah trip. Quiet, easy/moderate and just all around great hike.

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