It wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be.I got there around 7:30 and met two guys(Dick&Tim) that were nice enough to let me hike up with them.This was the best view I've seen Weaver's Neddle from yet.We looked around some at the top and took a break.We got back to the cars around 11:00.I recommend this hike for sure.
This is a nice hike if you are going to hike in the city.That being said it is a city park and a popular place.It is better to start at first light and a weekday if possible.If not go anyway it's still better than sitting at home.You start out on a dirt road next to the restrooms.Go west 1.3 miles.You will see some rock buildings on the left.Go right next to the bench and cross the wash.When you come up on the other side you will see to trail heads.The National and the Mormon.Take the National Trail to the left.You will go up 1.4 miles to the first Hidden Valley sign.You can go this way but I never do.I think it's easier and more fun to stay on the National trail for.6 more miles then come down through Hidden Valley.I think you'll agree when you hike it.Ok.From the first Hidden Valley sign keep going on the National trail.After .2 miles you will see a sign that says Mormon Trail.This is where the Mormon trail connects to the National trail.Stay on the National trail going west for .4 more miles.You will come to a second sign that says Hidden Valley.Take a left here.There should be a National Trail marker that says 13.If you didn't turn here you would go to Buena Vista lookout in 1.8 miles.So turn left(south) here at the second Hidden Valley sign.As soon as you turn left
you will see three boulders at the bottom of the little hill.In the middle of these three boulders is Fat Man's Pass.I've seen alot of people walk right by it and not even realize that Fat Man's Pass is right in the middle of these three boulders.It's just right down from the Hidden Valley sign.Walk down to the right side of the boulders and you will see a passage that goes through the middle of the three boulders.You can slither through or go around on the left side of the boulders.Most people will fit through,really.It is deceiving but I fit through(barely) and I'm over 200 pounds.Either way once you get on the left(east) side of the boulders you are in Hidden Valley.I never see to many people back here in Hidden Valley.Nobody,most the time.The trail goes east in and out of a little wash.You come to some places that look like a dead end but when you get closer you will see how to get through.There is a couple of places where the rocks are smooth and you can slide down if you want.In .5 miles the trail will go left passed a mushroom looking rock.Next is a short rock tunnel.When you come out on the other side walk a little ways and you will see the first Hidden Valley sign you passed earlier.It should have a National trail marker with a number 9 on it.
Take a right(east) here and you will be going back the way you came.It will be 2.7 miles back to the car from here.
After a mile or so you will be able to look down east and see the buildings you hiked passed earlier.I hope you have a great hike!
Not a bad hike for the city.I'd rather do it on a weekday but I'll take it.I started around 6:30 and finished around 9:30.You have to start early to beat the crowd.At least on the weekends.Once you get off the dirt road you start seeing less and less people.Only saw 1 guy in Hidden Valley and he was going up when I was comming down.Nice Temps!
I signed in at the trailhead at 6:30 and started my hike.It seemed a little long to take by myself.That could have been because I didn't fill sure of the route. Critters I saw on the trip;
Grasshoppers(lots) Quail (about 6 covey of 20 each) Lizards, wasps, bees,butterflies, 1coyote,
1Hawk and a few other birds. Iate my PB&J at the half way point and heading back.I enjoyed seeing Weaver's Needle a little closer.It made me want to hike to the Needle soon.I got back to the car at 11:30 and signed out.There was no longer a pay station there like I had read about.I think this is a hike I would rather do with another hiker or more next time. I didn't see any hikers until I was about 5 minutes from the car!
This is only a 2 mile hike up to the Peak but a 2,000 foot elev. climb.It is a state park so there is a fee.(6.00).There are cables in some spots to help so it's good to bring gloves.The pay booth opens at 8:00 but the have a drop box outside so you can drop your money and start early so you can beat the heat.I've hiked it on a Friday and a Sunday and ran into less than 5 or 10 people either time. If anyone wants to hike it I'd be glad to go again but I'm a slow hiker
if that's OK.I like to enjoy the trip not just the ending.
We took this hike while we were at the North Rim for a few day's.We stayed in the old cabin's.Bed,Shower,Toilet and thats about it.This was a nice hike through the forest on the North Rim.We took the loop stopped at the Rim and circled back.We didn't see any people until we were almost back to the car.Again the key is start early.This is a good hike to see wildlife.We saw Deer,Turkey,Squirrel,birds, and afew horned Lizards.Nice and peaceful.
I really like this place.It brings back memories of my younger days.It has changed alot since then.There was no deck at the bottom and we use to be able to go in the caves and swim in the bottom.I like the waterfalls over the caves the best and the wildberries in july were something to see.It opens at 8:00.Early and weekdays alot less people.Great place to picnic.
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