The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Finding the Hidden Valley

We have been busy here in Moab to say the least. We have Jeeped a little. Hiked a little. Biked a little. Plus Jeep Safari started Saturday. This little town is about to double in size.

So as you can guess, the hikes in Arches National park and Canyonlands are very busy. So we know hikes outside the parks that are lesser used. One of those hikes is The Hidden Valley.
Hidden Valley
The Hidden Valley is just off to the right. You have to climb through this boulder field to get up into it. This view is from the parking area.
Lisa playing mountain goat

Half way up looking down at the parking area
The trail winds around and through the boulder field called "Barney Rubble". If you have ankle issues you may not want to try this hike. The trail is dirt and lots and lots of rocks. What you do get if you make the climb is spectacular views.
The view of the La  Sal Mountains from the entrance of the valley

This is the Hidden Valley after the climb up to get into it.
Once you climb to the top you enter the valley. Rock walls on each side. It is very nice. There are two parts to the valley. The front part you can still get some highway noise from below. The second part of the valley is very peaceful. We hiked a couple of miles until the trail turns into the Moab Rim Jeep Trail. You can hike all the way through if you want.
Looking North at the Moab Rim Trail


Lisa having fun
We enjoyed the scenery for awhile before we turned around and headed back. On the way back you get beautiful views of the La Sal Mountains.

I just love the contrast of the red rock and the white snow capped mountains in the back ground. Well that is it for that hike. It is work to get up there and easy getting out because it is all downhill.

Now just some un-finished business from our stay at Quartzsite Arizona. When we tell people where we are they always say "Did you go to the bookstore?" I guess it is one of those things that is a must do when in Quartzsite. I did not go (and you will see why) but Lisa and some of the girls went.
l-r:Dianne, Lisa, Bookstore guy, Barb and Pam
That is the owner and that is how he dresses every day. What happens in Quartzsite gets blogged all over the world. Free advertising for him. And he loves for people to take pictures of him.

It is Jeep Safari week so I will have a entire post about that next.


11 comments:

  1. Hike looks awesome.....book store guy, not so much!!

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    1. Now I have another reason not to read.

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    1. Hey you guys too. Sounds like a blast there.

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  3. Great hike! Somehow I missed the bookstore.

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    1. The hike is very nice. I can't believe you missed the bookstore.

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  4. It is so nice to see you two back in your element where you belong!!! On the trail hiking not at the bookstore!!!!! Lol

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    1. Thanks. Lisa won't let me open my own bookstore.

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  5. Looks like an awesome hike!
    p.s. I missed bookstore man too!

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  6. Seen lots of pictures on other bloggers sites with the bookstore guy. I always think, hmm, low clothing budget, but even tan :)

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