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“Great views - great hike - safer than angels landing”
Review of Hidden Canyon

Hidden Canyon
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Owner description: A narrow side ravine that joins Zion Canyon and offers scenic hiking trails.
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Ranger told us to hit this hike up, said it was his favorite and it did not disappoint. It's a great intermediate trail with some high drop offs- trail offers awesome views even if you don't trek past the end of the trail. Chains and narrow rocks with 200ft drops guide you up after the first mild climb up- that's when it gets fun. Must do- less crowded and safer than angels.

2  Thank joe f
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We loved Hidden Canyon but we did it all wrong!
We would have got a lot more out of this hike in early Jan if we had hired traction footwear (Microspikes), especially because we're completely un-used to walking on ice and snow. The track is in the shaded side of the main canyon, and there was to our eyes quite a thick layer of ice on many sections especially some of the switchbacks. The park ranger did warn us it would be icy but we didn't really get it til we started walking up.
(A pair of poles each would have been nice too, and carrying a side-slung camera bag packed with lenses was a bit of a liability at times!)
As it was, it took us hours to pick our way carefully up and back down and we still slipped and fell heavily a few times especially on the lower reaches of the trail later in the day, after many others had been over it.
That said, the views were absolutely stunning; we had the top section and the canyon more or less to ourselves which was lovely and this was easily our most enjoyable and satisfying hike in Zion.
We passed the sign indicating the end of the maintained trail and really enjoyed exploring the canyon proper to the point where it was closed for wildlife habitat protection.
We were a bit taken aback by how many people had obviously ignored this limitation; if there's one thing we notice in America it's blatant disregard for any form of trail restriction, as if these exist for no other reason than to stop people exercising a God-given right to trample all over the place.
Overall, however, it was a really rewarding hike, to a very special part of Zion, and worth every nervous icy moment.

3  Thank Coastfans
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

This is a strenuous hike up multiple switchbacks with lots of sheer drop offs. The lower part of the trail is shared with the Observation Point trail. About a mile up it splits off and hidden canyon trail turns to dirt. About ¼ mile up from there is a great lookout and spot for pictures. After that about 100 yards up it gets really scary with chains to hold on to with a 200 ft sheer drop off. This is where we turned around and went back down and took the Observation Point trail. We followed this trail into a slot canyon which was really cool to explore. We returned to the shuttle after about 3 hours tired and happy with the hike. Do this hike in the morning to hike mostly in the shade. We saw about 20 groups overall, but it was not crowded and hiked alone for the majority of the trail.

1  Thank jfowlerpa
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is a must hike if you are in Zion. This hike takes you into a hidden canyon that gets more narrow as you go through it. Be prepared to climb over boulders, trees and other things left over from the last flash flood. Be very careful for flash floods in this canyon.

1  Thank Jimmy F
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We loved this hike. We're not crazy about heights, so we decided to give this a whirl over Angel's Landing. We felt quite safe and had no problems (though we did see some others looking terrified). If you do it, make sure that you go into the canyon (beyond the "trail ends here" sign). There were a couple of scrambles over rocks (trekking poles help!), but it was mostly flat easy walking. The arch is great, a solid that you can pose under or on top of (though it was much easier getting up than down!). We didn't go much further before it was really blocked with boulders and we turned around.

4  Thank Rooindie
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