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“A quick hike but little payoff”
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 May 18, 2014

Hidden Canyon is that perfect length for a hike - not too long and not too short with a bit of incline. Unfortunately the trail description sounds more promising then it turns out to be. As soon as the trail ends you're presented with the opening of Hidden Canyon and if you choose, you can continue through the canyon a ways. Unfortunately, there's nothing really to see once you get past the end of the maintained trail. You will do some scrambling and climbing after the trail ends but there's not much to see. I'd consider doing other trails that provide a few or some interesting geological features.

1  Thank Mark L
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a very manageable hike and very comparable to Angel's landing for distance but the top is also very narrow with several cables to hold onto. There is a beautiful arch that awaits about 20 minutes from where the cables begin. Hike is very scenic.

1  Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Our family with kids 10-15 enjoyed this hike as a practice for Angel's landing. It has a rewarding surprise down the hidden canyon. The uphill is good training for the strenuous demands of Angel's Landing. It has an overlook to the right (Hidden Canyon to the left) once at the pools. This overlook is a beautiful destination. The hike can be accomplished in the afternoon sun. Though the switchbacks are hot, the canyon is very cool. A few parts of the trail have chains and drop-offs. None were too difficult but those with a fear of heights will have a preview of Angel's Landing style chain experiences. We enjoyed this hike for the fewer people and the hidden surprise in the canyon. It is a worthwhile experience and is at the same shuttle stop as Angel's Landing, the Grotto. The Grotto stop also has bathrooms and water and is one stop from the lodge. For ambitious hikers, doing Angel's Landing first in am and the Hidden canyon in the afternoon is doable. Bring a lunch and snacks to enjoy your hard work from beautiful views atop of both.

3  Thank Travelerabound
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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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