Hidden Valley Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

Hidden Valley Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles 2035 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

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Hidden Valley is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The path to Hidden Valley uses the Indian Trail for approximately one-half mile. At this point a trail leads up into the hills and back to the south, and can easily be missed so watch for words painted on rocks on the uphill side of the trail. This is the beginning of the Hidden Valley Trail. It is a fairly steep trail but the path is well defined. The hike is about 2.5 miles one-way dead end. It calls for a vertical ascent of about 2,200 feet. Hidden Valley, a substantial mountain bowl, was for centuries a favored hunting ground for Indians, trappers and the early pioneers. Populations of Rocky Mountain sheep, deer, elk and other game animals used the area for spring forage or relief from the heat of the summer. The hike offers spectacular views of the Ogden area. Carry along water and a snack. This is a non-accessible, simple/minor developed trail.

hiking
21 days ago

The first 2/3rds of the trail is definitely more on the difficult side with some steep sections, very nice once you get up into the valley itself with great views at the overlook!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Probably my favorite hike in Ogden. It's definitely a harder one and the way down is hard on the knees. But I love it anyway!

2 months ago

This is a Hard Hike , the Trail Head to Hidden Valley starts about 3/4 of the way up the Indian trail on the Ogden side of the mountain , the trail head is a scattering of stones forming a natural stair way up for about 15 feet . Then the main trail begins , at first it's a gradual climb but turns into a very steep trail . A great work out for those Calf & Thigh muscles . The trail goes up & up & up
But worth every step .
Soon you come to an overlook into Ogden valley , great place to have a snack and rest those puppy toes . The trail soon levels out with about 4 camping areas including rock fire circles and flat areas for your tent . Or if your a hammock person plenty of sturdy trees to set it up on .
The trail finally comes out on a point looking into Taylor's Canyon . With a rock Kaaren that's about 5 feet tall . Make sure to place your rock in place ..
Hidden valley is really an over look into the top of Taylor's Canyon .
From the name it sounds like a hidden valley up on the mountain , that's just not the case ..
Now turn around and head back .
Unless you'd like some more adventure , if this is the case then continue down the mere Deer trail below the Kaaren there are two stacks of rock marking the trail down into Taylor's
This trail is Extreme very very steep , hard to find trail , bush wracking down ..scramble in lots of places on the trail . Do not be fooled by the perfect trail that you come to , it ends in about 100 yards . The trail continues to go up and down along the side of the mountain until finally dropping into the valley below .. The trail forks ., right fork takes you out left fork takes you to a very cool fort or camp complete with seating around a fire pit . The trail ends about a mile further up in oak brush .

hiking
3 months ago

its beautiful up a little forest not a lot of people go up there lol

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike challenging enough that's for sure but definitely worth it . It's beautiful ! Did see more people than I expected but that's probably because it was Sunday.
This fall I'll try and go on to hike out Taylor canyon and make it a loop.

hiking
5 months ago

One of our families favorite hikes. Much of the trail is secluded with very light traffic. Nice to get away from the heavily used trails.

8 months ago

geocaching
1 year ago

This hike is beautiful, especially right now in the fall all the leaves are changing. Only problem to be careful about, there is a black wasp hive in the ground. All 3 of us that hiked this got multiple stings. Look out for holes in that ground.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great, challenging hike... But not too bad as our six year old did it. We actually went beyond the overlook and down a narrow trail that led to the Taylor Canyon Trail. This allowed us to make it a loop.

1 year ago

Kinda disappointing. The last part hiking through the a pristine alpine meadow was lovely. But the "bowl" is not all it's cracked up to be

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Hidden Valley is just that, a hidden valley in the shadows of Mt Ogden. This is a great trail to hike but is a very steep hike. Bring extra water with you on this hike as you will need it from the effort it takes to get to the end requires a lot of water. A few camping spots are available once you enter the valley so a quick overnight backpacking trip is a perfect plan for this trail. Enjoy the views of Ogden and the close up of Mt Ogden this is a great hike for sure.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a fairly tough trail, but the payout at the end is worth it. Don't get discouraged by the switchbacks through out. They're only there to help you. Once you get up into the valley, be sure to walk all the way to the end of the trail for a nice view of Mt. Ogden, Malans Peak, and Taylors Canyon. I want to come back and camp up there as the trail isn't busy at all and there's several neat camping spots in the valley.

1 year ago

Very nice trail only saw two people on it.. The valley that's in the pics was smaller than I expected but I trudged on to one of the peaks near it for an over nighter! Am excited to hike down the same trail in the morning.

It's very steep in places and with my 60lb pack it was a struggle at times to make it and im in incredible shape! So if u get winded going up stairs this isn't the trail for u!

hiking
3 years ago

Fall is the perfect time for this hike. Overcast, cool, with vibrant colors all along the way. No snow on the trail, but from the top one can see the sprinkling of snow on Mt. Ogden. It's a lovely secluded hike, but yes, very steep.

To hike it all the way from Rainbow Gardens (which makes it a little over 3 miles and some 2400' elevation one way), make sure you take the L towards the Bonneville Shoreline Trail right at the beginning, then keep going up, once you are on the bench don't fall for the L out towards the lookout. After you successfully access the Indian Trail and are climbing quickly with Ogden Canyon far below, watch carefully for the steep stone steps off to your R. There is no sign. The easiest way is to use an app for your phone like the alltrails app so you can see when you are approaching it. From there just get ready to climb!

hiking
3 years ago

I picked the perfect time to do this hike. This is not a trail I would want to do in the heat of summer. You are highly exposed for most of the hike until you reach the Valley area. Once in the Valley the temperature drops and there is plenty of cover. It is worth the hike once the trail turns East and into the trees. This truly is a Hidden Valley, a little paradise. I followed the trail out to the spectacular views of Mt. Ogden and Taylor's Canyon below. If you are looking for something a little harder that is close to Ogden, this is the place. If you not sure of the area ask some one where the turn off to Hidden Valley is or you will breeze right by it.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a fun hike that in about two miles makes you feel like the city is far away. I've hiked this in the winter and spring and both are equally enjoyable. There is no water on the trail and it can be steep in places, but the views are great.

hiking
3 years ago

Is this the same one that is off of Indian Trail? Because according to the pathways pamphlet, Indian trail is 4.3 miles one way and Hidden Valley is 1.4 miles one way. I will post a review after I've hiked it.

Yes, this is the one off Indian Trail. If you start at 22nd st, it is only about 2 miles one way. Figure about 1.4 miles for the trail and another .3 to .4 miles on Indian trail leading up to Hidden Valley. The trail is steep but not too bad. There is a slight spot of shale rock that can get slippery. The view is amazing (it always is).