Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

Kanarraville, Utah

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The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park offers visitors a splendid opportunity to enjoy Zion’s unique redrock canyons without enduring the crowds of people that are usually present in Zion Canyon. Of particular interest to hikers are the Finger Canyons of the Kolob. These scenic canyons are deeply etched into the western side of the Kolob Plateau, and from above they look like so many fingers clawing their way into the plateau’s rouge colored sandstone. None of the canyons are more than a few miles long, but they are notable because of their sheer walls. Typically the cliffs are over a thousand feet high, rising nearly vertically through the Navajo Sandstone formation that underlies the plateau. The Fingers can all be accessed from the Kolob Canyons Road that runs along Timber and Taylor Creeks a half mile to the west. There are six of them in all, and their rugged beauty is enough to make the heart of any outdoorsman beat a little faster. The most popular hikes are into the canyons formed by the North, Middle, and South Forks of Taylor Creek. Of the three, Middle Fork Taylor Creek Canyon is the only one that contains a maintained trail. In my opinion this hike is also the most interesting one, and it is the one I will describe here.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park offers visitors a splendid opportunity to enjoy Zion’s unique redrock canyons without enduring the crowds of people that are usually present in Zion Canyon. Of particular interest to hikers are the Finger Canyons of the Kolob. These scenic canyons are deeply etched into the western side of the Kolob Plateau, and from above they look like so many fingers clawing their way into the plateau’s rouge colored sandstone. None of the canyons are more than a few miles long, but they are notable because of their sheer walls. Typically the cliffs are over a thousand feet high, rising nearly vertically through the Navajo Sandstone formation that underlies the plateau.

The Fingers can all be accessed from the Kolob Canyons Road that runs along Timber and Taylor Creeks a half mile to the west. There are six of them in all, and their rugged beauty is enough to make the heart of any outdoorsman beat a little faster. The most popular hikes are into the canyons formed by the North, Middle, and South Forks of Taylor Creek. Of the three, Middle Fork Taylor Creek Canyon is the only one that contains a maintained trail. In my opinion this hike is also the most interesting one, and it is the one I will describe here.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kanarraville
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 490 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: USGS Kolob Arch
Trailhead Elevation: 5,530 feet
Top Elevation: 6,020 feet
Local Contacts: Zion National Park
Local Maps: USGS Kolob Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/5/2010
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A nice 5-mile walk with barely noticeable elevation changes (with the exception of the stairs at the trailhead). Trail follows a creek to the "double arches," although they clearly have a different idea of what an arch is than I do. A quarter mile past the arches is a slot waterfall that is sometimes dry and sometimes not - it was running great when I was there and provided a nice spot to cool off. Saw a 5' gopher snake hanging out by the creek, plenty of lizards, and way more trees than I'm used to. Definitely a nice break from the desert.


10/3/2009
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Easy trail. takes about one and a half hours to arrive to the double arch alcove. After walking down several steps you approach the creek. You will criss cross back and forth. The creek was low in October. Will be a lot higher in the spring. Plenty to see along the way. You will follow the trail and come upon the first cabin. The Larsen cabin. Then you continue up and down following the creek. About 3/4 way into the hike you will come to the second cabin. The Fife cabin. Both cabins have been restored as much as possible this summer. As you go further up the trail you come upon a double arch alcove. Water is seeping from the sandstone and plenty of mosses, ferns and wildflowers grow here. The hike is not hard but can be tiresome for children. There is deer in the area and the crickets chirp all day in the dark canyon.


11/7/2006
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An easy hike to a double arch that is suitable for the whole family. There are two small historic cabins along the trail. However, the NPS has done them a disservice by covering the doors and windows with chickenwire. I know it's for my own saftey but at least paint it to match the cabin. An trail guide can be purchased at the trail head for $1.00.



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