Taylor Creek Trail

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Taylor Creek TrailTaylor Creek Trail (10/01/2006) Start of the Taylor Creek Trail.

Middle Fork of Taylor CreekMiddle Fork of Taylor Creek (10/01/2006) A picture of the canyon from near the trailhead.

Trail StairsTrail Stairs (10/01/2006) The drop from the Kolob Road to Taylor Creek is a little bit steep with a well developed trail.

StairsStairs (10/01/2006) Looking down on a section of stairs.

Middle Fork of Taylor Creek TrailMiddle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail (10/01/2006) At the bottom of the first set of stairs is a second set of stairs going back up. Go Figure?

Middle Fork of Taylor CreekMiddle Fork of Taylor Creek (10/01/2006) The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek runs all year.

Middle Fork of Taylor CreekMiddle Fork of Taylor Creek (10/01/2006) The trail heads up this finger canyon.

Oak LeavesOak Leaves (10/01/2006) The oak leaves were a stunning rusted yellow.

Kolob in FallKolob in Fall (10/01/2006) This picture shows the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek in its Fall folliage.

Middle ForkMiddle Fork (10/01/2006) The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek in the Kolob region.

Middle Fork of Taylor CreekMiddle Fork of Taylor Creek (10/01/2006) A view of the cliffs above middle fork of taylor creek in the Kolob region of Zion National Park.

Maple LeavesMaple Leaves (10/01/2006) A smattering of Maple Leaves seen on Taylor Creek. Maple are in the Sapindaceae family.

Middle Fork Taylor CreekMiddle Fork Taylor Creek (10/01/2006) An oak tree hanging over the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek in the Kolob Region.

Overhanging RockOverhanging Rock (10/01/2006) A cool place to rest on the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail in the Kolob area.

Sandstone WallSandstone Wall (10/01/2006) View from the Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail

Cliff ViewCliff View (10/01/2006) A view from the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail.

Larson CanyonLarson Canyon (10/01/2006) The ruins of Larson sits near the confluence of Middle and North Fork of Taylor Creek. The cabin was built by Gustav Larson in 1930. The wood for the cabin came from Cedar City.

More Maple LeavesMore Maple Leaves (10/01/2006) More bright red maple leaves!

Middle ForkMiddle Fork (10/01/2006) The trail enters the Middle Fork canyon just beyond the Larson cabin.

Fife CabinFife Cabin (10/01/2006) The Fife Cabin was built by Arthur Fife (a teacher from Cedar City).

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Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail

The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail is a short hike in the Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park. The trailhead for this hike is just 2 miles from I15, and it a good place to stop and stretch the legs on a cross country trek.

The trail is a moderate 5.4 mile round trip up one of the finger canyons of the Kolob area. The trail crosses the creek multiple times. You might get your feet wet if you do the hike in the Spring. The trail ends at Double Arch Alcove. Double alcove is quite spectacular. This landmark has two alcoves, one slightly off center above the first. Photographers would need a good wide angle lens to get both alcoves in the same frame (online camera stores).

The steepest part of the trail is the drop to Taylor Creek in the first half mile of the hike. This section has a series of log stairs. After dropping into t he canyon, the trail simply follows the slope of the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek.

The geology of the area is quite interesting. The cliffs are composed of Navajo Sandstone which was deposited from sand dunes. The layer below the Navajo (The Kayenta Formation) was deposited by streams with distinctive mud and sand layers. The surface of the Kayenta layer is actually a bit stronger than the Navajo. Because it was deposited in layers, it tends erode in large blocks. What happens in this area is that when water breaks through the temple rock formation on the top of the ridge, streams will quickly erode a slit canyon through the Navajo Sandstone. When it reaches the Kayenta Formation, the erosion slows a little bit. Since Kayenta erodes in blocks, it is common for the the rock to erode out from under the Navajo sandstone. With no rock to support, large sections of the Navajo sandstone would sheer off the cliff face, fall to the earth and quickly erodes away. The result of this process is Kolob's unique combination of finger canyons.

Due to rock falls, Zion National Park discourages people from hiking beyond Double Arch Alcove.

Context: Hiking

Kolob Canyon (36 pictures) The Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail is in the Kolob section of Zion National Park.

Zion National Park (66 pictures) This gallery contains pictures of the main section of Zion Canyon.

Interstate 15 (87 pictures) This gallery contains pictures of I15.

Angels Landing (59 pictures) Angels Landing is a spectacular hike in the main Zion Canyon.

Zion Narrows (18 pictures) Zion Narrows is a classic hike in Zion National Park where the canyon is so narrow that you must hike in the stream.

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