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Hidden Arch, Zion

Hidden Arch is located across the road from the Checkerboard Mesa near the East entrance to Zion National Park. The trail to view the arch travels through a wash and over slickrock to a viewpoint, and then returns back on the same route to the Checkerboard Mesa parking lot. The total distance is about 1 mile return.

On our hike to the arch we travelled further west and up a box canyon, then returned to the viewpoint and followed the base of the cliffs east to connect with the East Rim Trail. From there we returned to the parking lot for a total distance of 3.4 miles.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1.0 miles – easy
Elevation gain: ~200 feet – easy
Terrain: Sandy wash plus slickrock – easy
Exposure: Flat wash plus slickrock ascent – easy

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

If coming from the west take SR9 through Springdale, Utah, into Zion National Park. Turn right on SR9 at the Canyon Junction and take the switchbacks up and through the Main Zion Tunnel. From the Main Tunnel exit travel 5.1 miles to the Checkerboard Mesa Parking Lot.

If coming from the east turn onto SR9 at the Mount Carmel Junction and drive into Zion National Park. From the East entrance gate drive 0.2 miles to the Checkerboard Mesa Parking Lot.

The Trail

The trail begins at the northeast end of the wall along the parking lot.

Travel down the short trail and enter the Clear Creek Wash. Turn left and go a short distance to a branch and turn right. Take this wash ~ 1/4 mile to a slickrock ascent on the left. This ascent is marked with cairns. Follow the slickrock route ~ 1/4 mile to a viewpoint where you can view the arch high on the rock face.
Hidden Arch

Here are some of the pictures we took.
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