A steep cardiovascular workout takes you up to a gorgeous hidden valley with towering cliffs high above Moab and Spanish Valley with scenic views and solitude.
Distance: 4 miles out and back
Approximate hiking time: 2 to 3 hours
Trail surface: Single-track dirt trail
Best season: Year-round; but summers are hot.
Other trail users: Occasional mountain bikers
Dogs allowed on leash
Fees and permits: No fee
How to Get There: From Moab, drive 3 miles south on US 191 and turn right (west) on Angel Rock Road. Drive 2 blocks and turn right on Rimrock Road. Drive to the parking area and trailhead at the road’s end.
Trailhead GPS: N 38 31.896′, W 109 31.036′
Description: The trail begins south from the parking lot and starts moving up switchbacks right away through steep boulder lined slopes. After about ½ mile, the trail flattens out and enters into Hidden Valley.
The trail gently rises up the valley and after 1.2 miles reaches a low divide. Hike another 0.8 mile to the western end of the valley and climb a short hill to a saddle and the turnaround point for the hike. You’ll find great views of Hidden Valley to the east and cliffs to the south and west. You can continue turn around and return the way you came.
Optional: For more miles, descend 1/3 mile to the Moab Rim Trail, a four-wheel-drive track that goes for another 3 miles to the Colorado River and Kane Creek Road. You need to have a vehicle parked at the western terminus so you can return to the Hidden Valley Trailhead and your vehicle.
This is the desert and summer months are hot. Hike during the afternoon when the lower part of the trail lies in the shade of the cliffs above.
Bring plenty of water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat. Little shade is found along the trail.