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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

  4.3 ( 20 ) Favorite


4.6 mile 7.3 kilometer loop


Ascent: 455' 139 m
Descent: -455' -139 m
High: 5,921' 1,805 m
Low: 5,482' 1,671 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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

Tom Robson

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


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.


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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Sep 7, 2019
Artyom Katsap
Aug 28, 2019
Don Gilman
Jul 7, 2019
Taylor Torgersen
Jun 27, 2019
Eric S.
Jun 20, 2019
David Groh
May 23, 2019
Erin Gautsche
muddy due to rain, and river higher. Lots of creek crossings and some beautiful views, especially the middle / last half. 4.4mi — 3h 00m
May 11, 2019
Bob King
Apr 20, 2019
Adam Lanier

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