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Hidden Valley

 
Hidden Valley

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.53194°N / 109.51727°W

Object Title: Hidden Valley

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Nov 8, 2014 / Oct 26, 2017

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Overview

Hidden Canyon is a beautiful little valley that hides behind the western walls of Spanish Valley to the southwest of Moab, Utah. A trail takes you 500 ft up a steep slope where Hidden Valley suddenly comes to view. You can then hike the valley 1.5 more miles to a saddle where you can get access to Moab Rim Trail.

There are supposedly Native American petroglyphs in the area but I did not see any.

Getting There

Drive 3 miles south from Moab on U.S. 191 and turn right onto Angel Rock Road. After two blocks, turn right onto Rimrock Road and drive to parking area.

Route Description

Hidden Valley
Map



Place
Elevation
Distance
Trailhead
4600 ft
zero miles
Hidden Valley
5100 ft
0.60 miles
Pass
5220 ft
1.50 miles
Total
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2.10 miles




The trail heads southwest going up a slope among the cliffs. It then gradually turns northwest.

The steep slope
 


As you go up parts of southern Moab come to view.

Moab Area
 

Southern Moab
 


I did my hike on a cloudy day. On a clear day, La Sal Mountains should be in good view.

La Sal Mountains hidden in clouds
La Sal Mountains hidden in clouds


Hidden Valley will now appear as a grassy plain. Big walls rise to the left (southwest).

Hidden Valley
 

Hidden Valley
 


Keep going toward a high point.

Hidden Valley
High point


After the high point, you will descend a tiny bit going onto a second plain.

Hidden Valley
 

Hidden Valley
 

Hidden Valley
 


You will then reach the pass at the end of the hike described here. Continuing west will eventually get you to Moab Rim Trail. At the pass, you will have good views of the sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness and the La Sal Mountains.

From the pass at the end of the hike
Behind the Rocks

From the pass at the end of the hike
Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley & La Sal Mountains
La Sal Mountains

Hidden Valey & La Sal Mountains
La Sal Mountains


Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.

External Links

No permits or fees required.

External Link

BLM Site.

Images

Hidden ValleyHidden ValleyFrom the pass at the end of the hikeHidden ValleyHidden ValleySouthern MoabMoab Area
Hidden ValleyLa Sal Mountains hidden in cloudsHidden ValleyThe steep slopeHidden ValleyFrom the pass at the end of the hike