The Taylor Creek Trail is a popular trail in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Taylor Creek has three tributaries running into the main creek: the North Fork, the Middle Fork, and the South Fork. The more popular of the three is the Middle Fork. The hike to the double arch alcove at the head of the Middle Fork is 2.7 miles one way.
The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trailhead begins at a large parking area 1.9 miles from the Visitor Center signed as Taylor Creek.
Overall rating = moderate
Distance: 5.4 miles total – moderate
Elevation gain: 600 feet – moderate
Terrain: Dirt trail with many stream crossings which can be muddy after rains – moderate
Exposure: None – easy
To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System
For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Middle Fork of Taylor Creek
The first section along Taylor Creek, from the trailhead to the Larson Cabin, has the combined flow of both the Middle Fork and North Fork of Taylor Creek. The trail crosses the stream 17 times and in November Taylor Creek could be easily crossed on stepping stones as long as you have good balance. The North Fork of Taylor Creek enters the main stream just past Larson Cabin.
The next section of the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek from the Larson Cabin to the Fife Cabin has 21 stream crossings but when we went there was minimal water flow so the stream could generally be crossed with one step.
The final section from the Fife Cabin to the Double Arch has 16 easy stream crossings.
The Double Arch is quite spectacular with the slope leading up to the base covered with wild flowers.
The best time to visit the arch would be in the spring when the wild flowers are in bloom but the stream crossings could be more difficult.
The Middle Fork canyon extends about 1/2 mile beyond this double arch. This was explored on February 2, 2015. Follow the dry wash to the base of a high falls. Scramble up the slope beside this falls and enter the upper canyon. This upper section ends in a blind canyon.