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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A relatively easy hike up one of Kolob Canyon's mesmerizing finger canyons.


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Map Key

4.6

Miles

7.3

KM

Loop

5,921' 1,805 m

High

5,482' 1,671 m

Low

455' 139 m

Up

455' 139 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This child-friendly route takes hikers up one of Zion's many amazing canyons to a breathtaking alcove at its apex.

Although beautiful, this is one of the less-photogenic hike's in the park. However, Double Arch Alcove is without a doubt a worthy destination.

Description

The Taylor Creek Trail leads hikers deep into a narrow box canyon toward the Double Arch Alcove, where erosion has carved out natural openings in the Navajo sandstone. As the trail reaches the mouth of the canyon it enters the Zion Wilderness and begins to crisscross Taylor Creek.

The trail passes the geologic formation of the Kanarraville Fold and two historic homestead cabins built in the early 1930's. The vertical walls of Tucupit and Paria tower 1700 feet above the trail as hikers arrive at the Double Arch Alcove.

Flora & Fauna

Visitors are often surprised by the relative lushness found in Zion Canyon. The riparian area of the Virgin River supports enormous cottonwood trees and a diversity of herbaceous plants and grasses. Nearby, saturated wetlands make nice habitat for cattails, willows, aquatic plants, and rushes. Water seeping out of the Navajo sandstone creates tranquil springs and the unique “hanging gardens” for which Zion is famous, full of ferns, wildflowers, and mosses.

The cliffs of Zion stand resolute, a glowing presence in late day, a wild calm. Melodies of waters soothe desert-parched ears, streams twinkle over stone, wren song cascades from red rock cliffs, cottonwood leaves jitter on the breeze. But when lightning flashes water falls erupt from dry cliffs, and floods flash down waterless canyons exploding log jams, hurling boulders, croaking wild joyousness, and dancing stone and water and time. Zion is alive with movement, a river of life always here and always changing.

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Tom Robson

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Double Arch Alcove
Feb 5, 2015 near Cedar City, UT
Taylor Creek Trail
Oct 8, 2019 near Toquerv…, UT
Taylor Creek Trail
Oct 8, 2019 near Toquerv…, UT
Zion Mists
Feb 5, 2015 near Toquerv…, UT
Tucupit Point
Oct 17, 2017 near Toquerv…, UT
Intimidating canyon walls on the way to the alcove.
Oct 17, 2017 near Cedar City, UT

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Oct 16, 2020
Laurent Besson
Aug 22, 2020
Gwen Page
Mar 3, 2020
Jennifer Wolfe
Oct 12, 2019
Jacob Stuckey
Hiked in late afternoon with gorgeous trees changing colors.
Sep 7, 2019
Artyom Katsap
Aug 28, 2019
Don Gilman
Jul 7, 2019
Taylor Torgersen
Jun 27, 2019
Eric S.