June 14, 2013
Well, you might have thought about Ranch dressing when you read the title, but that's not exactly what this Hidden Valley is. Hidden Valley is exactly that...a hidden valley!
The trailhead for the hike to this beautiful valley is 3 miles south from Moab on Hwy 191. Turn right on Angel Rock Rd, then right again on Rimrock Rd.
The trailhead parking area is an improved dirt road section along Rimrock.
This hike is 4 miles round trip and rated moderate to difficult. We followed the trail to the base of the Moab Rim...that was easy!
From there the trail ascends 680 feet. We found ourselves climbing very steep switchbacks over a rocky terrain...that was difficult!
This is a picture of Pearl...that tiny dot in the parking lot. We were not quite at the top of the switchbacks when I took the picture.
At the top of the switchbacks, the trail enters Hidden Valley...a broad shelf between the top of the Moab Rim and Spanish Valley.
The trail leads to a low rise that separates the two halves of Hidden Valley. The shade from junipers and pinyon pines were a welcome relief!
The trail continues through the valley...
and meanders between the rock formations.
Ahead is the pass...the two mile marker. We had been told there were petroglyphs just beyond the pass so we wandered on.
We stopped for an apple and crackers and a water break.
We enjoyed a beautiful view of the valley below.
This hike is not a loop, but the view was so different on the return. The LaSal Mountains showed up in a few pictures.
I almost forgot...Joe and I love avocados! I found a great avocado salad and its so easy and perfect for warm (hot) summer days. You will need :
2 ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
2 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 sweet onion, cut into wedges
1 cup Italian salad dressing (I used Olive Garden dressing)
lettuce leaves, optional
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients; add the dressing and stir to coat. Chill for 20-30 minutes. Serve over lettuce leaves if desired. Enjoy!
This was our last "new" hike. We have done several hikes twice. Our favorite was the Corona Arch...soooo pretty!
We sure feel better now than we did when we got here. Nothing like the great outdoors to help you loose a few pounds and inches!
We will be packing up to leave Moab on Saturday. We plan to stay in Park City,UT for a week before heading on to Flathead Lake in Montana. Sure hope the hiking is good there too!
Thanks for stopping by...
and happy trails.
Y'all come back!