Hidden Valley Trail

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Hidden Valley Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles
2,001 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips




wild flowers


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.

8 days ago

Did approximately 3 1/2 miles round trip. Nice climb

1 month ago

I did this hike by myself and for starters I would say it was harder than moderate... I’m a distance runner so I would say I am in pretty good shape and this hike kicked my ass! Very very steep and there’s hardly any shade so it was sooo hot. I didn’t have a lot of water left and I was dehydrated and I was alone so I didn’t make it to the top because I was nervous about fainting so I turned around after 2 miles. Pretty hike and very challenging. Would like to do it in colder weather for sure. If you’re looking for a challenge this is a great hike to do. When you turn off the indian trail pay attention bc I missed it but thanks to this app I found it quickly.

1 month ago

My husband and I and our friend Erin completed this hike on July 28.

We started the hike at about 12:30, and made it down around 3:30 (although we did jog part of the way down). It was a 100* day, and only 10% of the trail is shaded, so we were roasting. The trail is moderately inclined the entire way, with sections that are severely steep. We stopped probably 10 times on the way up.

The views at the top were great.... we're glad we made it! My only complaint for this hike is the directions. I've been on the Indian Trail multiple times and never noticed the turnoff for Hidden Valley.

Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone who is in good shape and ready to take on a serious climb.

2 months ago

Love this hike! It’s probably in my top top 3 in Ogden ❤️ it’s definitely a steep climb but the climb is worth the view!

2 months ago

Love this hike, but we ran into a rattlesnake this morning (July 6) so we ended up turning around. It’s also possible it was a gopher snake. It was only 7:00am so we totally thought we were going early enough. Just be careful on the warm summer mornings.

2 months ago

I would say this hike is a bit more on the harder side of moderate.
There wasn’t much shade, so definitely wear sunscreen! We saw LOTS of lizards, butterflies, dragonflies and a couple of hawks.

3 months ago

Hiked this trail this morning, June 20, 2018, from 22nd Street via the lower Indian Trail connector, to the cairns overlooking Taylor Canyon. There are two cairns, one a little larger than the other, to each of which I added my rock. Fun hike, slightly strenuous, some loose and steep spots, but enjoyable. Passed through a couple of small meadows filled with wildflowers and dragonflies. Duration: 2:22:06, distance: 5.03 miles, elevation gain: 2,111 ft.

3 months ago

Amazing trail, very steep, but that's what we are looking for.

3 months ago

the top of this hike is so peaceful and quiet it is a perfect escape from everything. you could hangout at the top and just look at the valley forever.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. If you’re looking for a good workout with a good view at the end of it then go this trail. Went up today and encountered a rattlesnake so keep an eye out. Passed by a couple hikers and a biker but the trail wasn’t traveled much. No snow or muddy spots and the backside of the trail where you connect with Taylor trail was clear as well.
Definitely worth the time.

4 months ago

This trail should be considered hard instead of moderate. Beautiful hike. Nice leg and butt workout since it is climbing uphill incline the entire hike up.

5 months ago

once you turn off the Indian trail and head South (not marked) you pretty much are going up, up and up. The valley is peaceful and you won't pass any other hikers. Lots of animal tracks in the mud and snow once you are in the canyon. Totally worth doing, but be prepared to climb.

9 months ago

This is a great trail to get your heart rate up. Close to town but once in the valley you can’t see civilization. One of my favorites!

11 months ago

Beautiful views of Ogden. Get some good accent for the 2 Miles or so. There are still leaves on some of the trees!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

went on labor day and there were hardly any people on the trail despite a full parking lot at 22nd street. steep but enjoyable hike! the end was gorgeous! Next time we'll try to get there for the sunrise.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I know some people really like to hike for the outcome and views, but I enjoy a beautiful hike all around and this was not! If you like views you will love it once you get to the top. It's a pretty rough hike, incline all the way up, but I'm not in great shape either. The trail upkeep was nice so that wasn't a huge issue. I saw some fall pictures so maybe I'll try again then because they look beautiful. Today it was just ugly, dry, and full of grasshoppers. I was a little disappointed because of everyone else's great reviews. Great workout though!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Quite steep at places, but the views are worth it! Your calves will thank you later.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

I would rate this trail as "hard" more than "moderate". But maybe that is because I start at Rainbow Gardens instead of 22nd st. This adds a mile each way, and some elevation gain.

One of my favorites in the area. Fantastic workout for your calves, quads, and glutes. Very steep. Probably too difficult for smaller children.

If you don't think that you are fit enough to make it all the way to the rock pile, just try to make it about 1.5 miles in to the valley overlook. Best view of ogden there is, other than Ben Lomond or Lewis Peak.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This is a fairly steep trail for nearly the entire go-- great for power-hiking to get your butt, quads and calves burning. I'm pretty darn fit, and I found it challenging but still fun. It's not nearly as crowded as the lower trails and has some great views of the valley before heading into some nice secluded wooded areas that feel lightyears away from the city.
Yes, it's true, you can now connect to Taylor. BUT-- I would caution those who are thinking of attempting this that the trail is new and not all that solid yet, and it gets a little scrappy in places. You have to cross a couple big rock slides, go down some steep inclines that are pretty gravel-y, and pick your way through some patches of scrub oak. Totally doable, but a bit trickier than most of the trails I've encountered up here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great hike. It’s short, but quite a workout. It’s fairly steep until about the last 1/2 mile or so, where it levels off a bit and you get some relief. This trail now connects to Taylor Canyon below, so you can do a loop, instead of going back the same way.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This trail is a knee burner. It connects to Taylor's Canyon now so it keeps on going more than 5 miles.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This trail is HARD. Make sure to keep an eye out to make sure you don't just keep going on Indian Trail. There are lots of steep parts. It's nice because there aren't many people who use it so you're likely to not see anyone.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice trail with usually little traffic.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I live on the Bonneville Shoreline but for some reason I have never hiked Hidden Valley. Well, today was the day EXCEPT that we couldn't go all the way b/c there was a spot that was just too slippery and difficult to cross in the snow, so we turned around about 1 mile up. Still a great hike with incredible views and I will definitely be back.

Monday, November 14, 2016

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!

Friday, September 16, 2016

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!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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 .

Monday, August 29, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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.

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