Hidden Canyon in a less-known trail in Zion National Park is a trail leading off of the Observation Point Trail from the Weeping Rock parking lot and trailhead.
The first part of the trail is on the Observation Point trail, which is a fairly steep paved trail with several switchbacks that works itself up the hillside rather quickly.
The Hidden Canyon trail splits off after about a mile and continues its own way and up around the canyon with a more primitive atmosphere and a narrower trail.
The trail from this point on hugs the cliff walls, but it isn’t nearly as treacherous as Angels Landing across the canyon. In fact, I didn’t find this stomach turning at all, as I did on the ice-covered Landing.
To help get your grip and to keep your cool, there are chains anchored in this section to assist and to give that little extra piece of mind.
The views of the canyon below and the surrounding mountains are well worth the climb up here and the ‘hidden’ canyon a further bit up awaits.
After about another mile, you come upon a sign proclaiming the end of the maintained trail, where you are now on your own.
From this point on the trail is a narrow, high elevation canyon-hence the ‘hidden’-where you must work your way through the debris and over boulders using your scrambling skills to maneuver your way among and through them.
Some of the unique rock formations up there had amazing colors and provided for some fun climbing. In addition to a small natural arch, there are numerous holes for grabbing as well as a few places where climbers must manage logs to gain 5 to 10 feet at a time.
This hike, with the three distinct parts was truly a hidden hike for us, which we didn’t expect to do, but turned out to be a hidden gem.