Zion National Park: Hidden Canyon


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After a morning of canyoneering, we were tired, but wanted to see more of the park. We asked our canyoneering guide, Chad, to suggest a good afternoon activity in the park that wasn’t too crowded. He suggested we hike the Hidden Canyon Trail.


This hike starts at the Weeping Rock trail-head, which is also the start of the more ambitious Observation Point hike. The two trails share the same uphill path but then we took the turnoff to the right for Hidden Canyon.


With a 940 ft elevation gain, it is fairly strenuous going up. We took the switchbacks slowly, pausing to take pictures frequently. The view of the main canyon was spectacular as we ascended.


Then the path turned away from the main canyon and into a shaded valley. Here there were chains bolted into the wall for hikers to hold onto.


My daughter and I opted not take this part of the trail, so we sat on a ledge and rested while we waited for my husband to continue.


He said this section is not as daunting as it seems because the walk is banked in towards the cliff wall and the chains.


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IMG_8256Location: Springdale, UT

Designation: National Park

Date designated/established: 11/19/1919

Date of my visit: April 10, 2017IMG_8212


22 thoughts on “Zion National Park: Hidden Canyon

  1. Thanks for showing me these. 🙂 We had to cancel our trip to Zionand Bryce because my wife had a bum knee and could only hobble a few steps. Otherwise it was a wheelchair.

    1. I am personally always hot, I found the temperature very pleasant in April. We dressed in layers each morning and by midday, I was down to my tee shirt. In the Kolob section, it’s a higher elevation so it was more chilly. Again, layers are key

  2. That looks absolutely amazing! I’m hoping to take my 7 year old daughter to Zion within the next few weeks, do you have a short, child kid friendly hike to recommend? Or somewhere I “need” to take her while we are in Zion?

    1. The Pa’Rus trail begins at the visitor center and follows the Virgin River. From what I remember, it’s mostly paved and flat. The Lower Emerald Pool Trail is also easy and leads to a waterfall, but is much more crowded than Pa’Rus.

  3. Zion is so great! Your pictures turned out fantastic. It makes me want to go back there ASAP. I have one of my Zion hikes on my Utah Blog that you might want to checkout on the Narrows.

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