Clear Creek during Spring flood
Roadside Attraction. There aren't many official trails on the Zion's East Side, but the slickrock washes and formations along Highway 9 beckon hikers to stop and explore. Fortunately, frequent pull-outs make pit stops easy, and many visitors get out to poke around. Those who do often end up in Clear Creek, the drainage running along the south/east side of the highway. Wide, winding, and easy to follow, Clear Creek and provides some fun, off-trail exploration while sticking VERY close to the road. Even so, it's amazing how remote Clear Creek can feel, especially when you find sanctuary in one of its numerous slot canyon sections.
There are many options for this hike, as you can access Clear Creek at tens of spots along its length. As with all off-trail hikes, please walk on rock or sand (which you can't hurt) and watch out for fragile cryptobiotic soil (which you can easy destroy). If you follow Clear Creek downstream to the bridge, it quickly becomes Pine Creek, a technical canyon for which you will need ropes and technical canyoneering skills. If you don't have these, it's best not to pass under the bridge.