About this TrailLocated in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion. This trail follows along Taylor Creek for 2.5 miles to Double Arch Alcove, a large cavity set into one of the brilliant reddish/orange cliffs that dominate this region. About 1/2 mile the trail enters one of the half dozen or so Kolob Canyons, with shear walls on either side of the creek reaching up 800+ feet. I hiked this trail in mid-spring, and even at that point Taylor Creek was hardly a rushing torrent. But its cool water did provide relief from already hot southern Utah temperatures. Although there is little elevation gain, the combination of heat and the trail's constant tendency to go up and down the banks of the river do give you a pretty good workout. Take water! The shade of the massive Double Arch Alcove is a welcome relief and is a great place to have lunch.
Directions to TrailheadTake I-15 north from St. George to the Zion/Kolob Canyons exit. Once past the visitors center, drive about 2 miles to the Taylor Creek trailhead on the left.
Notes on Difficulty RatingThe cooler the temperatures and more the water in Taylor Creek, the easier this hike becomes.