A hike to Hidden Valley

Top of the switchbacks

Top of the switchbacks

Anne and I spent our next-to-last afternoon in the Moab area hiking the Hidden Valley Trail, which starts from a trailhead accessible from paved roads about 3 miles S. of town.

To the overlook view opening up above the fins of Behind The Rocks district, this trail takes you 2 miles one way – with the first half mile amounting to a pretty steep and rocky scramble, across terrain referred to by locals as the Barney Rubble section.

Once atop these initial switchbacks, the remainder of the hike crosses a (by that time) welcome flat stretch of ground, ending atop a brow of sandstone affording views to the west and the aforementioned redrock fins.

The trail is aptly named, because from below there’s no hint that this level benchland exists – in fact, it appears that the trail would have nowhere to go but ever higher on the precipitous cliffs above. This little valley is indeed hidden.

Level ground: Hidden Valley

Level ground: Hidden Valley

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Continuing farther takes you to the terminus of the Moab Rim 4WD trail – but unless you have a vehicle waiting for you on that side of the pass, a return along the same trail back to your starting point will prove to be the order of the day.

Welcome shade

Welcome shade

Over the hill

Over the hill

The way back. La Sal Mtns. in the distance.

The way back. La Sal Mtns. in the distance.

I heartily recommend a quick trip to Milt’s as a follow-up, to replenish your protein supply with one of the best hamburgers you’ll likely find within 500 miles.

(And that’s a lot of hiking!)

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