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Hidden Valley Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (10)

A steep climb up to a hidden valley with towering red cliffs on either side.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

86%

Runnable

5,267' 1,605 m

High

4,594' 1,400 m

Low

739' 225 m

Up

427' 130 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

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Runner Notes

Please stay on the existing trail and do not trample vegetation or fragile biological soil crusts by trying to avoid sandy sections. The sand is never deep and never lasts for more than 20 feet so just consider it a good training exercise and run through it. There are already places where the valley is scarred by 4-5 parallel trails that have developed overtime.

Description

The trail starts with a steep climb up to the mouth of the valley. There are numerous large step-ups with loose rocks, sand, and switchbacks making it difficult to run. After approximately three-quarters of a mile, you reach the top of the climb and enter the valley. The trail from here to the end of the valley is hard-packed dirt with gradual inclines and very few rocks or obstacles, and some short sections of sand.

At 1.6 miles, you reach the top of the valley, and the trail starts to descend toward the Colorado River. The scenery changes from tall red cliffs to rolling, yellow sand dune rock formations. Here the trail is more difficult to follow so keep your eyes out for cairns—small piles of stacked rocks that mark the trail. The trail crosses variable terrain including slickrock, loose rock, and doubletrack roads with small sections of sand. The trail ends where it meets the Moab Rim Trail at mile 3.3. You can retrace your steps to the trailhead or arrange a shuttle and continue down the Moab Rim Trail to Kane Creek Road.

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Shared By:

Amy White

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  4.2 from 10 votes

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#251

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#6,688

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View looking back down the valley, La Sal mountains in the background.
Nov 3, 2017 near Moab, UT
View from the top of the climb
Nov 3, 2017 near Moab, UT
View from top of the pass
Nov 3, 2017 near Moab, UT
Hidden Valley. Please use existing trails and avoid creating new tracks by trampling vegetation and fragile biological soil crusts.
Nov 3, 2017 near Moab, UT

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May 24, 2020
Lorenzo Munoz
11mi — 2h 04m
May 3, 2019
Fallon Chen
6.6mi
Mar 29, 2019
Neil Johnston
Mar 19, 2019
Jeremy Parker
aggressive ascent and beautiful valley 4.3mi
Nov 2, 2017
Amy White
5.9mi — 1h 30m