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Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

 11 votes


4.6 Miles 7.3 Kilometers




455' 139 m


-455' -139 m



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Max Grade (4°)

5,921' 1,805 m


5,482' 1,671 m




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

Tom Robson


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.
Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs


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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Dec 14, 2017
Ronak Dave
Dec 12, 2017
Mt. Zack Rodman
Lovely trail many short water crossings. Luckily the creek was mostly frozen. Making for a easy crossing. Great huge Concave and double arch!!! 4.6mi
Nov 23, 2017
Rob Pressly
Nov 8, 2017
Wil van der Veen
Nov 8, 2017
Stacey van der Veen
Aug 31, 2017
Andrew Fewsmith
Good, cool cabins along way
Aug 13, 2017
Rachel Comp
Aug 2, 2017
Buck Pate

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  4.4 from 11 votes


  4.4 from 11 votes
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A friend and I hiked this trail on 12/5/14. It's a very colorful trail. Some of the trail is in the creek bed which was dry where we had to hike in it. There are some water bars near the begining as the trail decends to the creek. Nov 8, 2015
Great trail for multiple skill levels. Also not as busy as the rest of Zion. Be aware the NPS says the hike is 2.5 miles each way and it ends up being 3.5 miles each way. Mar 18, 2017
Tom Robson
Boulder, CO
Tom Robson   Boulder, CO  
@Connor, if what you say is true, my mapping is off by at least a couple of miles. Did you happen to record a GPS track of your hike that I could use to correct the line here? Mar 20, 2017

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