The South Fork of Taylor Creek runs through Lengthening Canyon in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. This is one of the most beautiful red rock canyons in the region and is accessed by a relatively easy trail of about 2 miles.
Near the head of the canyon is a great climbing wall which is fully bolted.
The South Fork of Taylor Creek Trailhead begins at a large parking area 3.1 miles from the Visitor Center at the hairpin bend in the main road.
Overall rating = easy
Distance: 3.9 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: 400 feet or 800 feet with ups and downs – moderate
Terrain: Dirt trail and dry stream bed – easy
Exposure: minor – easy
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Kolob Canyons of Zion National Park is located off exit 40 on Interstate 15 between St George and Cedar City, Utah.
Travel 3.1 miles up from the visitor center to the large parking lot at the hairpin bend.
Cross the road and drop down onto the dirt trail on the north side of Taylor Creek. From here the trail travels up and down over a series of gravel hills for about 1 mile finally ascending a long hill to a flat plateau area. From here you travel along the dry wash initially quite sandy and then subsequently over the gravel dry stream bed.
The upper stream section travels along the base of the towering Kolob cliffs.
Part way along this section there is a great climbing wall. This wall is fully bolted and has a slight overhang. The red rock is weathered giving many hand and footholds.
At the head of the canyon you can climb through a large rock field but eventually reach an overhanging choke stone which prevents further travel without climbing gear.