“an awe-inspiring hike”
Hidden Canyon is a short, but steep ascent, secreted away between Cable Mountain and the backside of the Great White Throne. Situated where it is, the trail offers some great views—at an angle not seen from the standard hikes—of Angels Landing, Big Bend, the Organ, Cable Mountain, and of course, the Great White Throne. The trailhead coincides with the beginning to the Weeping Rock and East rim Trail routes, at the top of the Big Bend. It then climbs 1,000 feet up steep switchbacks with some amazingly sheer drop offs. In some places it requires chains driven into the rock for support, creating a hike that should not be attempted by children, or those who are unsteady on their feet. The trail ends at the top of the switchbacks, and hikers must enter the canyon itself as did the ancients—scrambling across the water-worn slickrock on their way to the secreted arches and boulders waiting inside. Hidden Canyon offers a great hike, with exciting vistas and awesome rock formations, without the ever-present crowds that haunt the other routes of the canyon.
Hidden Canyon is one of my favorite hikes in Zion National Park. It is not as popular as Angels Landing or Emerald Pools so you do not get the same large groups of people that you see on these other hikes.
This out and back trail is 3.0 miles in length, climbs 931 feet up the canyon wall and provides some unique exposure to the heights of the canyon walls. After working your way up a large number of switchbacks, the Hidden Canyon trail leaves the main trail to the right. This is where the trail gets exciting. After another short climb you get the trail works its way around some rock outcroppings by traversing a ledge that has been cut into the rock. There is a chain for additional safety and the experience from the natural fear of heights kicks in a little bit.
You make your way around the rock and then you are able to start up the canyon. The walls are tall and the scenery is amazing.
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