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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
it's a hard trail. the rewards at the end is beautiful.. beautiful overlook
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.
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
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
For a full review check out my blog post at: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/03/2016/hiking-hidden-valley/
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.
Fun hike! I was surprised at how scenic it was.