The Hidden Valley Trail in Moab, Utah 

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Moab, Utah has a lot in common with Colorado Springs. Like Colorado Springs, its residents and visitors tend to be avid outdoor enthusiasts. They like to hike, run, cycle and photograph the great scenery that surrounds them. And Moab is a major tourist destination, just like the Springs, being the home to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and many hundreds of square miles of other Federal lands available for recreational use. Moab is a small town that literally explodes from spring through autumn with visitors, most of whom crowd into the national parks — no doubt that if you visit you'll want to do the same thing. The views and scenery are incredible and there is nothing equal to it anyplace on earth. If you're like me, eventually you'll have your fill of society and want to go someplace a little less crowded. One of those place is Hidden Valley, just south-west of Moab. It's a nice little gem of a place and makes for a great hike. Total distance from the trailhead to the pass at the north end of the Hidden Valley and back is approximately 4 miles.
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The Hidden Valley trailhead.
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The trailhead has this informative sign and map.
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Just in case you missed the really big sign, there's another small trail sign.
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About 1500' from the start of the trail is a sign-in log book.
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The trail goes uphill along the east face of the tall fin for almost a mile, with the first half being the steepest. Even the steepest section isn't very difficult.
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The trailhead and parking lot from the first part of the trail. This is not yet at the highest point.
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The trail up the east face is rocky and rugged.
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After just under 1 mile, the trail opens up to a wide valley hidden between two rocky fins. This is where the trail gets it's name. The next mile or so of the hike cuts through this broad valley, making for an easy hike.
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After just over 2 miles from the trailhead you'll come to a short uphill section marking the "pass."
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The Hidden Valley Trail pass. For this hike, I turned around here, but you can continue on. After 1 more mile you'll encounter a four-wheel-drive road. You can continue further and come down a few more miles later on the Stairmaster Trail.
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Looking back over Hidden Valley from the pass. The LaSal Mountains are in the background.
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Topo map of the hike from the trailhead (lower right corner of the map) to the pass.
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The Hidden Valley trailhead.

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