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Hidden Canyon Trail

Zion National Park

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • This hike features some sections where chains help hikers cross the chasm.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Weeping Rock Trailhead- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The beginning of the trail is easy enough.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Views of the canyon below get better around every turn.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Trail junction to Observation Point.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • After the junction, the switchbacks get shorter and steeper.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Enjoying the view!- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Pretty soon the trail gets more precarious.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • This stone stairway is just before the chain section.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • If you look really hard, you can see hikers on the trail along the rock face.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • People who are uneasy with heights may want to consider another trail.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The chains are REALLY usefull in some spots.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The last set of chains leads hikers to the mouth of Hidden Canyon.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The slot canyon is a great place to stop for lunch.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The official trail ends at the beginning of Hidden Canyon, but obstacles are not difficult to climb.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • The walls of the canyon are beautiful.- Hidden Canyon Trail
  • Zion Canyon is always a spectacular sight!- Hidden Canyon Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Spectacular views. Interesting trail construction.
Cons: 
Heavily used. Trail's exposure to heights may be an issue.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
992.00 ft (302.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.80 mi (4.51 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,249.00 ft (1,295.10 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If you are not sure you are ready for Zion National Park’s challenging Angels Landing Trail but you want to try hanging by a chain that is bolted to a 1,000-foot cliff, then Hidden Canyon may be the route for you! This trail is half the distance and half the vertical gain of Angels Landing, though it doesn’t offer the spectacular down-canyon views. It does offer an excellent trail surface, views that remain remarkable, and the opportunity to explore a narrow “hanging canyon” off the side of  the Great White Throne monolith.

Starting at the Weeping Rock Trailhead, serviced by the shuttle buses in season, the first segment of the trail follows wide and long switchbacks for about a mile to the point where the Observation Point Trail heads off to the left and the Hidden Canyon Trail goes right. Once it splits from the Observation Point route the trail becomes sandy and rocky and heads up several short switchbacks until it reaches a stone stairway up the cliff. This marks the beginning of the challenging part of the trail. After climbing the steps, the trail stays mostly level and winds around the contours of the mountain. Along much of this way the trail is carved into a sheer cliff, and railings or chains are bolted to the wall for hikers to use these as they inch their way along. After about 20 minutes of this the canyon itself is reached. 

The canyon can be explored for about a half mile, and while it has some obstacles, these are easily conquered.  There is a small, free-standing arch at about the 0.4 mile mark, and many hikers use this as a turnaround spot.

On the way down, for the hiker who has a bit of energy left, a short hike up the Observation Point Trail is worthwhile for different views of Zion Canyon.

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