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Hidden Valley

A view of Behind the Rocks from Hidden Valley trail. (Jason Bergreen/The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

The beginning of this hike follows a steep, rocky trail through scrub oak and boulders. Dozens of switchbacks lead northwest up the face of a mountain. Most of the hike's 755-foot incline is along this section. There are great views of the valley and the La Sal Mountains behind you. The trail continues on and flattens out just over half a mile, where it enters a lush green valley. There is not a lot of shade along this section of the trail during the afternoon. The trail is now thin and sandy. There is a low rocky cliff on the right and a much taller one on the left. Stroll for the next mile and a half through the valley. Some flowers are already in bloom in April. The trail eventually hits a short rocky sections. Climb the hill to get a grand view of Behind the Rocks, an area of magnificent stone formations.

Getting there: Head up U.S. Route 191 about 3 miles south of Moab. Turn right at Angel Rock Road. Drive two blocks and turn right at Rimrock Road. The parking lot and trailhead are about 300 yards ahead.

 

-- Jason Bergreen

Region: Moab

Destination: Behind the Rocks overlook

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 755 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 5
 

 

First published 2011-04-24