Rarely Visted. Hook Canyon is a short canyon that runs north from the pass between Cathedral Mountain and Mount Majestic. It is a convenient and quick exit route from the summit area of these peaks, descending to the bench below the north face of Cathedral, from which the West Rim Trail is easily accessed.
Start by hiking up the West Rim trail and attain the summit plateau of the Majestic/Cathedral massif. The best route is probably Behunin Ridge – the ridge that climbs toward the northern summit of Majestic Mountain from the top of the first rappel in Behunin. Climb steeply from the flat slickrock, then cut left and avoid the sub-peak and attain a loose, steep, brushy gully heading toward the top. The last pitch follows the crest of the ridge, and weaves through trees on steep 4th-class rock to the plateau rim. The ridge is south-facing and steep, and unpleasant in all but the coolest weather.
Cross the Manzanita to the col between Majestic and Cathedral.
Pick a tree right near the head and rap in. Downclimbing and a couple rappels lower in the canyon lead to the bench.
Hike out the mouth of the canyon and a ridge to the left, staying on the slickrock, to the West Rim Trail, then down to the Grotto Trailhead.
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Behunin Canyon, Map for Hook Canyon
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Zion: Central Canyons and Trails
Brian Cabe and I descended Hook Canyon after climbing Fool's Buttress/Cathedral Mountain on April 1st, 2000. We climbed up the canyon in 2001 (not recommended) to reach Spearhead. And I have been down it one more time after climbing Mt. Majestic.