Directions • Hidden Canyon is a great afternoon hike in Zion National Park, climbing up an east-northeast-facing wall that's cooled by moist, hanging gardens before finding shelter in a narrow, shaded canyon. The hike isn't super easy, but its setting does provide some respite on a hot day.
From the Weeping Rock trailhead, hike south. Do not turn left onto the Weeping Rock Trail, but continue on the East Mesa Trail, which climbs the canyon wall with broad switchbacks. Enjoy the hanging gardens of lush, high-water flora like Cardinal-flower, Monkeyflower and Columbine.
At about 0.6 miles, the trail departs from the main East Mesa Trail and veers southwest up a series of tight switchbacks. After the switchbacks, the trail goes south into a mini-canyon, downhill for a couple of switchbacks and then up a neat flight of stone stairs. It then follows a cliffside north again, offering great views of the Weeping Rock area (but perhaps upsetting those with a fear of heights). Just before the 1-mile point, the trail bends south again into Hidden Canyon.