Hidden Canyon – Zion National Park

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Hidden Canyon is a side ravine between Cable Mountain and the north wall of the Great White Throne in Zion National Park. The trail climbs up the east side of the main canyon and crosses over a few ravines, ending at the canyon’s mouth.

Difficulty – Strenuous

Distance – 2.2 miles round trip to reach the canyon entrance. Add another 0.5 miles to reach the arch.

Elevation gain – 1,000 feet

Duration – 3 to 5 hours

Seasons – Year-round. Best time to visit is during spring and summer.

Trailhead – Weeping Rock Trailhead (7th shuttle stop)

Trail

Hidden Canyon Trail

The trail to Hidden Canyon begins from at the Weeping Rock Trailhead, which is also the 7th stop on the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Begin your hike by walking up the paved trail that makes its way up the east side of the main canyon. You will eventually reach the junction of the Hidden Canyon Trail. Follow the trail where you will hike up sandy switchbacks with excellent views. The last section of the trail consist of a set of stone steps with chains to grab onto for assistance. You will then find yourself at the mouth of Hidden Canyon, where you can continue to explore around a bit or descend the way you came from.

Trail Map

Hidden Canyon Trail Map

Hike Features

The trail features small sandstone caves and a 20-foot natural arch. The trail also features some very steep thin trailed rock sections. These sections have chains to protect hikers, but every hiker should be cautious here. Those afraid of heights, may have a little difficulty on some portions of this. The drop offs are not nearly as large as Angel’s Landing, but the thin trails make cautious hiking necessary.

Nearby Hikes

Hidden Canyon begins at the same trailhead as for the Observation Point Trail and the East Rim Trail up to Cable Mountain. If hiking either, hidden canyon is a great extra trip.

Parking

The parking area for Hidden Canyon is located at the Weeping Rock Trailhead in Zion National Park. This is also the 7th stop for the Zion Canyon Shuttle in Zion’s main canyon.

Directions

Directions to Zion National Park

From the North: Travel I-15 south, past Beaver. exit on Hwy 20. Follow US-89 to Mount Carmel Junction. Take SR-9 to Zion’s east entrance.
From the South: Travel I-15 north. Take exit 16 and travel through Hurricane to LaVerkin. Continue on SR-9 to the south entrance of the park. SR-9 through Zion National Park is always open and is also called the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

Current Weather Conditions

Springdale, UT

Overnight
Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind around 5 mph.

Saturday
Patchy smoke before noon, then patchy smoke and isolated thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 93. North wind 2 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night
Patchy smoke. Mostly clear. Low around 60, with temperatures rising to around 62 overnight. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Sunday
Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny, with a high near 93. West wind 2 to 14 mph.

Sunday Night
Patchy smoke before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West northwest wind 3 to 15 mph.

Monday
Sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday Night
Clear, with a low around 55.

Additional Photos

Hidden Canyon Trail Views

Hidden Canyon Trail Views

Trail Heading up to Hidden Canyon

Trail Heading up to Hidden Canyon

Andrea Davis
Andrea Davis

Andrea is a writer, hiker, and adventurer from New England. She enjoys snowboarding, sunrise hikes, winter, night hiking, traveling, and photography.