The hike to Hidden Arch is just over a mile to do a round trip. It's located on the east side of Zion National Park, near the impressive park landmark, Checkerboard Mesa. The trail travels through a wash and over slickrock to a jug arch, and then returns back on the same route to the Checkerboard Mesa parking lot. Please stay on the beaten path to avoid damage to the environment.
At a Glance
Walk up the creek bed for .3 mile until the dry stream bed turns northeasterly. A low angle slickrock wash enters from the left. Leave the creek bed and hike up the slickrock wash toward the mountain on the left, staying in the water course. After approximately .25 mile the path gets a little more difficult to follow. Leave the shallow wash and steer left toward the ridge top. There is some minor scrambling over the slickrock. Walk to the top of the hill and hike to the fallen tree. From that point examine the mountain to the right. The arch is high at the top and angled so it is not easy to see at first.
Best Trail features: The east side of Zion is characterized by slickrock and hoodoos with a few natural arches among its treasures. This arch is one of the two jug arches in the park.
*Cryptobiotic soil is one of the oldest living forms of
life. If damaged it can take several decades to repair itself. The crusty ground
cover is made up of mostly cyanobacteria. Algae, lichens, moss, bacteria
and microfungi are also involved in the makeup. Long ago these were responsible
for changing the earths original atmosphere - one that is filled with life sustaining
GPS Coordinates WGS84 Datum
Checkerboard Mesa Viewpoint
Hidden Arch Viewpoint:
GPS coordinates are only references and may or may not be accurate. Do not rely on GPS coordinates as the sole method of navigation. Always have an accurate, detailed map at hand and have the proper map reading and navigation skills before setting out on any hike. Many of the hikes listed in this guide travel into canyons where a GPS has limited capabilities. Always check your position with a detailed map before dropping into a canyon.
Zion National Park Trails with Natural Arches along the path:
Free Standing Arches outside of Zion National Park
Beta: Coordinates and other trail and canyoneering information by Zion Park search and rescue veteran team member Bo Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author Tanya Milligan. Bo and Tanya are also the authors of the Zion area guide: Favorite hikes in and around Zion National Park. The book includes Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Cedar Mountain, Coyote Buttes, Slot Canyons and much more.
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Suggested Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike the trails in Zion National Park. Quality shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury and are important to wear whenever exploring anywhere outside the classic hikes in Zion National Park.
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"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park