Hidden Valley Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Hidden Valley Trail is a 5 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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1804 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

2 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!

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4 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!!

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5 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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!!

6 months ago

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

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6 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Nice trail with usually little traffic.

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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.

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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!

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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 .

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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

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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.

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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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Monday, October 12, 2015

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.

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

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.

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