Highline Rescue in Hidden Canyon

May 11, 2014 Posted by: Zion National Park
On May 11, a 23-year-old female fell about 10 feet while climbing up an obstacle in Hidden Canyon. She landed on her left ankle which became swollen and she was unable to put any weight on her injured leg. Scrambling on rocks is a common cause of injury in Zion, particular in Hidden Canyon.

The fall occurred about 0.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon at around noon. The woman tried to hobble down the canyon with help from bystanders but was unable to make much progress, so the group requested assistance.

Prior to entering Hidden Canyon, the Hidden Canyon Trail traverses a buttress along a three-foot wide ledge which has been carved out of the rock. The ledge is not wide enough for a team to safely carry a litter. As a result, the rescue team constructed a 400-foot highline to bypass the buttress. Twenty-four park employees were involved in the rescue and the patient was safely transported to the Weeping Rock Trailhead at 7:30 pm.

Hidden Canyon highline with the Weeping Rock Parking area below.

Highline on Hidden Canyon.
Photos by Whitney James

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  1. October 11, 2016 at 06:49

    Happy to hear she is OK! Thanks to the 24 park employees involved in her rescue. What a task to get her off the trail. I know how narrow and winding it is since I have been on it in 2013. Not her favorite memory but quite the story. Thanks for all you do to maintain and preserve the NPS. Happy 100! Cindy

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