Trail Condition: Class 2 (Trail may have tree roots or rocks jutting out. Navigation skills may consist of following rock cairns and choosing turns at junctions. Elevation gains may be more substantial.)
Time: 30-40 minutes
Length: 0.9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 40 ft
Fees: Entrance fee
Recommended Months to Visit:
Features: Not Technical, Arches, Waterfalls, Appropriate for Scouts,
Hype:The Lower Pine Creek hike is a nice stroll to a waterfall and pond. The waterfall is approximately 15 feet tall, and swimming is allowed in the creek. Some scrambling is required.
The trailhead for Lower Pine Creek Hike is the first (bottom) switchback to the west of the big tunnel. Park on the shoulder of the road.
Follow the social trails to the east. You'll have to cross Pine Creek a couple of times. Most people will be able to jump from rock to rock and keep their feet dry, but if you're not in good physical condition, I would recommend that you wear sandals and just walk up the creek. Keep an eye out for tadpoles and other critters in the stream and several small waterfalls along the way.
Closest City or Region: Zion National Park, Utah
Coordinates: 37.216610, -112.965469
By Jeremy Dye
I went down to Zion a day early for our Hidden Canyon canyoneering trip. I did this hike because I hadn't ever done it before and it wasn't too crazy to do solo.