The Canyon Hides…

…many more canyons, one appropriately called Hidden Canyon. This was a new hike for us at Zion NP, and we weren’t disappointed. Like Angels Landing, the Hidden Canyon trail is also considered strenuous, with “long drop offs” and “not for anyone fearful of heights.” But unlike AL, this trail didn’t require traversing a narrow ridge, though it had its share of narrow ledges where chains were helpful, and where chains were absent.

About two miles with an elevation gain of 850 feet, this wasn’t nearly as strenuous as AL,  (which is more than twice as long and nearly twice the gain for the full trail), and it attracted far fewer people, making it a much more enjoyable hike for us.

From the start of the trail, the views were amazing.

Here carved steps made clamboring up this rockside much easier, though Bob is always eager to give me a hand when my short legs won’t stretch as far as a trail requires them.

This side, slot canyon looked intriguing…

…so Bob took a closer look…

…but we decided to stay on-trail instead, where the views were stunning, whether we lookd far out…

…or far down…

Below you can see the same view in close up. See the little white rectangles toward the bottom of the photo? That’s the two-car shuttle bus!


Even the view along the trail was beautiful as we passed all sorts of wildflowers…

…and this other, tiny creature of nature.

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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One Response to The Canyon Hides…

  1. Levonne says:

    Love the June bug and the red flowers! What fun!

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