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9 hours ago

Easy, soft walk. It's like the neighborhood nature trail. Lots of botanical descriptions and courtesy signage. Great views. Exquisite homes surround the trailhead...

loved the walk and the sights looking out of the rock were wonderful.

2 days ago

Saw my first Saguaro blossoms on this beautiful trail today! The desert was once again gorgeous on this hike. Seemed like everything was purposely planted or placed in its spot. Great views of Superstition Mtns. Can’t wait to have hubby ride his bike thru here this weekend while I walk the dog!

Cool trail but very easy to get lost There are no markings or cairns. I’m pretty sure we did get lost but somehow found our way back to National Trail thanks to GPS after climbing over and under various rocks The hidden valley feels like another world. The trek up Mormon trail to get there was quite the climb

gets the blood moving! like others said, recommend circumference loop to get started and add some length. old trails break off in areas and are a little steep so wear good shoes in case you get a little lost. beautiful city view at the top!

Pleasant hike if you don’t have a lot of time. ~1:40 roundtrip at moderate pace. Last 1/4 mile on way to turn around gets a tad steeper. Beautiful views of valley and some impressive homes.

hiking
7 days ago

Very special trail.

This was good moderate to difficult trail, the only reason I would give it 4 vs 5 stars is that the end of the trail is down on the mountain and therefore pretty anticlimactic, but it does say that in the description so you know what you’re getting yourself in to. Great to trail run, good for kids & very well maintained!

hiking
8 days ago

Easy to get to and parking is free. We entered on the Alma School Rd side and a nice trail center at the base there. Definitely a lot of hikers and joggers on the trail, most were courteous. Lots of switch backs, bring your trekking poles if you have trouble going down hill. Great views and places to rest, sit and take a picture. About 1.5 to 2 hours round trip depending on the number of rest/breaks. Have done this hike several time, the only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is the trail traffic.

This was a tough hike. If you’re an avid runner and hiker, its a nice hike. This is considered moderate. However I’d say its definitely more on the difficult. Definitely got my heart rate elevated. The switchback is tough. A lot of incline and decline. Footing can be tricky as it does have some loose gravel and steep steps down. I’d suggest going to the half way point for those who are just starting out hiking or recovering from an injury. The views were beautiful and I did see several geckos and two Gila monsters. The park is free. Good parking. Kind of out of the way to find. Good bathrooms. Friendly hikers on the trail. The trail is well maintained, great markers too!

First time mountain biking. Used this trail to break in new bike. For beginners, its a great trail.

Gorgeous views with rock scrambling! This trail was unlike any other I’ve done with the valley. Lots of boulders around, and some that you have to climb over to stay on the trail. Certain parts of the trail are not clearly marked, so use the app map to stay on track. Cool photo opps on this one and nice views of the city! Downtown Phoenix is visible in the distance, and all in all a great workout that isn’t too strenuous.

hiking
16 days ago

Challenging and pretty views!

hiking
16 days ago

It’s a challenging trail but definitely worth the sweating! We also saw an American diamond back rattle snake cross the trail, as well as a rare Gila monster! It was pretty neat!

There’s no fee to access the park. The trails are marked exceptionally well. There’s bathrooms and good parking. This was a moderate hike for me. There was uphill and downhill in addition to flat. There was a large amount of loose rock so footing can be tricky. I took my small dog and he did well but by the end did not like the loose slate type rock. Recommend for anyone wanting a little bit of a challenge or for those active and fit, it’ll be a nice walk. I went on a weekday morning. The trail was moderately busy. I’ll definitely go back.

19 days ago

Easy, beautiful hike especially at sunset!

Very scenic climb near the city. Challenging for people not used to the heat. Neat lizards and cactuses abound, as well as interesting rock formations.

It was very challenging and very beautiful.

Pasha, 9 years old

Very busy but beautiful view.

barely a hike, more like a busy stroll, beautiful nonetheless.

Had a great time, very few people and my dogs loved it!!

Great option for beginners. Scenic with signs pointing out different types of cacti. We learned it’s wise to have tweezers on hand. I somehow stepped on a piece of jumping cholla, which went straight through the bottom of my Nike shoe. No harm done, but I felt it— and had to pluck the needles one by one before we could continue on. (My first cholla experience since moving here 13 years ago!)

Fun trail liked a lot about it - loved Fat Man's Pass. City view. Went on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't too busy. Small lot, backup parking on side roads. No restroom or fountain at trail head. Great urban trail - Hidden Valley makes you forget you're in the city for minute but little amounts of graffiti here and there pull you back to reality.

love this great place to take pics.

Nice easy hike. Great start to our family vacation.

Really enjoyed this hike. It’s definitely uphill quick. And winds around to the back of the mountain but views are spectacular.

Annual hike when visiting the area. My kids and I love Hidden Valley and Fat Man’s Pass. Not terribly technical, but a good workout and great views of Phoenix.

It’s a challenging hike, and the trail can get a bit busy, but this is a favorite. It offers great views. I was lucky the trail wasn’t so busy when I decided to run the first half as the end to an 8-mile run. I definitely felt the burn in my legs.

I really like this trail. It has difficult parts but then theres flat areas so you can catch your breath. I can go up and come back down in an hour and a half maybe 2 hours if Im taking my time. Beautiful scenery, you go into the mountain and forget the rest of the world for a moment. I haven't done the loop just yet but Ive made it to the top and it is STUNNING!

Four of us late 50s and early 60s years of age hike this trail and loop! Loved the challenge of going straight up at the beginning and then the loop of Fat Mans Pass and the tunnels and rock formations! Would recommend plenty of water on this hike and stop when you need! Mostly enjoy the diversity of this hike!!

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