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