Hidden Valley Trail

HARD 51 reviews

Hidden Valley Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

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

Great hike. The entire trail is snow covered right now for the first few miles, and the first part of this hike is steep, so I used my Yaktrax for the first time and had no trouble at all. It was obvious how to go based on the packed pathway through the snow. The flat part through the narrow valley was pretty cold right now. After about two miles there is a short uphill section to a ridge, and you have a couple of choices. It looks like if you go straight you will descend down to the Moab Rim 4X4 trail, but I went right and ended up walking for .5 miles on a snow free and much warmer path below a red rock cliff. I think that eventually descends down to the 4X4 trail as well. I will have to try this again in the spring when there is no snow and I can look for the petroglyphs.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep switchbacks to the valley, then smooth sailing. The trail is also a petroglyph jackpot!

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous hike! The trail begins with a steep climb and some rock scrambling. Once you Emeterio The Valley it is flat. If you take the trail to see the petroglyphs you will have another climb.

7 months ago

Tough at first then easy. Don't let talk of shade fool you unless you go late afternoon. We yikes about 130 full sun 106 degrees

7 months ago

We loved this hike! The petroglyphs were so cool.

hiking
8 months ago

I love this trail! The hike was soooo hot but well worth the journey to the petroglyphs. Bring lots of water and good company this time of year (June).

hiking
8 months ago

Don't forget those petroglyphs!

8 months ago

Great trail !

hiking
8 months ago

Lightly trafficked, breathtakingly gorgeous.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely views. Very pleasant trail once you get over the incline.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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
Saturday, June 11, 2016

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
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great!!

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Great trail, even in the rain!

hiking
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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.

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