Hidden Valley Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 4,231 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 387 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. Locomotion Rock and Sports Challenge Rock can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail.
Hidden Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This interpretive trail emphasizes the area’s historical uses as it travels the 1-mile perimeter of Hidden Valley with very little change in elevation. The setting is a snug valley surrounded by massive granite formations. Highlights: A valley surrounded by mounds of monzogranite."
--Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham, Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree (Falcon Guides).
"This area is the central hub of climbing activity in the park, and a traditional gathering and meeting spot for climbers. Hidden Valley Campground is the favored campsite by climbers due to its central location, stunning scenery, and proximity to major rock formations and bouldering areas."
--Bob Gaines, Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The trail from the parking area winds upward through the boulders to Hidden Valley. This part of the trail consists of old asphalt, so following it is easy. The rest of the journey is unpaved but clearly marked with signs, arrows, or fallen logs. There is some low-intensity rock walking, but a bright new wooden bridge takes you over the most challenging part. Many possible pathways diverge in all directions within the valley. Most are created by the numerous adventuresome rock climbers who are attracted to the massive blocks of granite that create the valley walls. It is likely that you will hear them and see them on your hike. This self-guided trail emphasizes the area's history as it travels the perimeter of Hidden Valley with very little change in elevation."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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