The Hobbit Hole is a secret unmarked slot canyon in Zion that is sometimes referred to as Lower Clear Creek Trail. The hike is short, easily accessible for most hikers, and beautiful. The most difficult part is finding parking in busy Zion National Park. Add the Hobbit Hole in Zion National Park to your list of things to do in this park.
- Distance: 1.2 miles RT
- Rating: East/Moderate
- Fee: Zion National Park Fee
To access the Hobbit Hole trailhead, go to the east side of the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. A well-known trail called Canyon Overlook begins at this point. Travel just a little farther east until you come to a hogsback with dropoffs on both sides. If you can, park on the north side of the road against the cliffs. Your vehicle should be facing a sign that reads “Tunnel Ahead. Watch for Stopped Vehicles.” It is a little tricky if you just exited the tunnel from the west because you will just see the back of the sign. So put your kids on sign watch and have them read all the signs as you pass them.
The north side of the road provides the easiest way down because it is not quite as steep as the south side. Head down the hillside near the sign (there are several unmarked trails). Then veer back toward the east (right) and the cliff where you were lucky enough to find parking. Right at the base of the cliff, you’ll find a brick tunnel under the road that would be large enough to drive a car through. If you find this tunnel, you are on the right track!
Hike the Hobbit Hole
Proceed through the tunnel and continue straight ahead. Within fifty yards, you will enter a small, narrow slot canyon. The slot canyon continues for about a quarter mile, and its twists and turns are quite narrow. Eventually, you come to a small arch on the left side of the canyon that allows you to exit. This is where the name Hobbit Hole comes from. We were so excited that we could walk right through the arch, also known as the “hobbit hole.”
From this point, the canyon forks. Both paths to the left (east) and straight ahead lead to canyons that are easily hikeable, but neither is as impressive as the hobbit hole. We went about a quarter mile up each, and both were much more open and came to a point that they were not very interesting. If you insist on continuing, we recommend the left fork, as there was a little more to see in that direction. But we think that the arch is a great turn around point.
This hike is currently not very well known, and though we were at Zion on a record breaking attendance day, we did not see another soul on this trail. You will definitely want to hike the Hobbit Hole in Zion National Park. To read about our other secret Zion hike, use the link to Pine Creek Waterfall. The rest of our Zion Hikes are here.