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Hidden Canyon

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer loop
78% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 859' 262 m
Descent: -859' -262 m
High: 5,244' 1,598 m
Low: 4,384' 1,336 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith with improvements by Jack M

An extreme outing that's likely to tie your stomach in knots.

Brian Smith

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Overview

This is a run for the adventure-seeker who isn't too terribly afraid of heights. Although this is a fairly short route, it is fairly strenuous (nearly 1,000' of elevation gain) and has a high associated risk factor, hence the difficulty rating.

Runner Notes

Take your time along the way, especially at the narrowest, most exposed section. Leave your pacing expectations behind on this run as you'll need to slow when passing other trail users and while traversing sketchy drop-offs.

Description

From the East Rim Trailhead, follow the East Rim Trail through seven switchbacks to a junction with Hidden Canyon Trail. Turn onto Hidden Canyon Trail which follows along a cliff face to the mouth of a narrow canyon.

This section of trail is moderately strenuous due to the steep grades and tight switchbacks. As you ascend, the technicality of the trail decreases (grades flatten), but the difficulty remains high due to the extreme exposure. Utilize the chains that have been bolted to the cliff in order to stabilize your body and, inevitably, your mind.

Keep following the trail to the mouth of the canyon and its terminus. From here, one can run and scramble further into the hanging canyon but the official trail ends.

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Feb 3, 2018
Robert Marroquin

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  4.5 from 72 votes

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Photos

View of Angel's Landing
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
A browsing Bighorn stretches its legs along the Hidden Canyon Trail.
Dec 5, 2016 near Springdale, UT
Zion National Park
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
The trail up Hidden Canyon can be seen below from the East Rim Trail.
Mar 23, 2017 near Springdale, UT
Wheeping Rock Trail
Feb 5, 2015 near Springdale, UT
A chain railing provides some safety along part of the Hidden Canyon Trail.
Dec 5, 2016 near Springdale, UT

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