Hidden Valley Trail

HARD 13 reviews

Hidden Valley Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, UT that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles 1320 feet Out & Back

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From the parking area, follow the trail up to the base of the Moab Rim and then ascend a series of steep switchbacks. At the top of the switchbacks, the trial heads north and enters Hidden Valley - a broad shelf between the top of the Moab Rim and Spanish Valley. Follow the trail to a low rise that separates the two halves of Hidden Valley and continue along through the northern section to a point where the trail swings to the left and goes over a low pass. At the pass, the hiker will be rewarded with a view of the large sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area. The trail continues down the west side of the pass for about 1/3 mile where it meets the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail. The hike may be extended to the Colorado River by following the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail to its starting point. NOTE: During the late afternoon, in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult section at the beginning and end but the rest is amazing! No shade available so pick a cloudy day or late afternoon when the sun is in the west.

hiking
2 months ago

it's a hard trail. the rewards at the end is beautiful.. beautiful overlook

hiking
4 months ago

The best around if you want short, strenuous hike with good elevation change and great views. Best in late afternoon or early evening when rock formations give some shade. Get up top, enjoy the view and hike back down in 1.5 hours, including 20-or so minutes up top.

5 months ago

this was a great hike...heart of pumper and leg burner out of the gate leading to a beautiful hike through the hidden valley full of shimmering rice grass. some great rock art panels and watchtower ruins await on a side trail. if you want, you can make it a longer hike and meet up with the Moab rim trail. start early in the summer and bring g lots of water as there is little shade in the morning. great views of Spanish Valley too

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Hidden Valley combines a few of the best desert hiking items you can find, a great work out, views of the desert canyons and LaSal Mountains, petroglyphs, and even ruins. Just be sure to bring a ton of water and wear some sunscreen
- Heather

For a full review check out my blog post at: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/03/2016/hiking-hidden-valley/

hiking
6 months ago

Great!!

hiking
6 months ago

Strenuous uphill to start, but well worth the hard work to get to the top. Beautiful valleys then you drop down to connect to the Moab Rim trail. We looped back on the MR to see some different country coming back. Amazing views, great for a shutter bug such as myself.

8 months ago

Fun hike! I was surprised at how scenic it was.

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail, even in the rain!

hiking
3 years ago

Bring lots of water, no water sources on the trail. Hot trail and one of the few in the area that allows pets. Steep beginning but pretty flat for the remainder of the trail. Great views in the valley.

hiking
5 years ago

The trail is great, with a steep start (and finish) and a nice walk through the linked valleys on the mesa.

However, the directions from the map icon are wrong -- they take you to mid-town east side of Moab.

To get to the trail, travel south on US191 (the main drag through Moab) for 3-3.5 miles. Look for Angel Rock Rd. on the right and follow it to the end for the trail head. There are 2 small (4" x 2') signs pointing to Hidden Valley and another trail (mt. biking), adjacent.

mountain biking
6 years ago

Hidden Valley is a wonderful trail, out and back for hikers, but for Mountain Bikers it is a fantastic trail to connect to the Moab Rim, this review is based on the Hidden Valley Moab Rim Trail.

My Experience

This is a fantastic ride with stunning Moab scenery. The ride actually starts with a brutal 20 min. climb / portage, but once at the top, it is fantastic ride. This trail does not attract the crowds like other Moab trails, and you will most likely have the place to yourself. However, on weekends you might see numerous Off Road 44 vehicles.

Conclussion

EXCELLENT fun and scenic ride with a remote feeling even though you are just miles from Moab, once on the Rim you feel like you are the only person on earth. Excellent Moab scenery. The climb and portage to Hidden Valley is brutal, but once that is behind you, its cool runnings.

Personally I DO NOT agree with the difficulty rating mentioned in the guide Books. Although the Downhill is absolutely mental, with a 22 grade, it is actually manageable, I have managed it myself with just 2 get offs. However, if anything goes wrong on the downhill it will probably cost you and your bike dearly.

Other Info:

Traffic on Trail : 1 hiker and 1 44
Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!?
Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery
Other : Weekends can be busy with 44′s . Make sure you have PLENTY of fluids with you.

My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10