Out and Back
To access the trail, take the free shuttle from Zion Visitor Center to the Weeping Rock Trailhead, the shuttle’s 7th stop. Hike the paved trail the up the east side of the main canyon and after .7 miles, you’ll take a right at the junction for the Hidden Canyon Trail. Parking is not permitted here from March-October.
A fun hike and relatively thrilling hike, lesser-known Hidden Canyon deserves to some time to explore. Starting at the Weeping Rock Trailhead, take the same trail as Observation Point for about a half mile until you see the sign for Hidden Junction. Right away the trail starts off with a series of fairly strenuous switchbacks but doesn’t last long. You’ll see some stone stairs where the real thrill begins because the trail then becomes an exposed ledge on the side of the cliff. There are chains you can grab onto here. Don’t forget to look up to see some of Zion’s beauty!
After walking alongside the cliff’s edge, you’ll soon enter Hidden Canyon and reach the end of the official trail, at about three miles in. Here you have the option to continue on and explore and much as you’d like, for another mile or so before you hit a 30 foot rock wall (you’d need technical climbing experience to continue on from here). You’ll find moss-covered walls, beautiful vegetation, and even a small free standing arch. In the canyon, some scrambling and climbing over trees may be necessary.