Hidden Valley Hike, Moab
I rented a condo for a few days. Way less expensive than the area hotels but with great views. The trail head is about a mile from where I am staying so.....
....I arrive just after first light and long before the sun rises above the surrounding mountains. Looks pretty steep and it was. I gear up and head....up.
Very recently, Moab experienced a "100 year rain" and subsequent flash floods have altered the landscape. I had to search for where the trail emerged from this ravine and then later, I dropped my hiking pole into a ravine so had to clamber down and retrieve it!
The trail did not ascend to the peaks but emerged at a saddle and then I entered....
....Hidden Valley. Spectacular! I would encounter only one person to today's hike and could see him in the distance (not shown above so don't look). Once we were close....
....I recognized him from hiking in a group with him a few times in the Superstitions. He asked if I knew where the petroglyphs were and I said no so he bent over and described the location to me. Said it was a panel about 500' long and very impressive.
I reached a saddle and wait, did he say bear right or left of a mountain??? I chose left and kept hiking.
Spectacular rock formations as I scanned the fronts for evidence of rock art.
There's a likely place so I bushwhacked over but no. The opportunities for rock art dwindled as I descended so turned around and hiked back.
I picked up kind of a faint trail in front of the aforementioned mountain, climbed a bit and came upon this notice. OK, I'm close. Soon, I reached.....
...an amazing array of rock art.
This dates back about 2000 years.
Spectacular! Finished with 6 miles and very much enjoyed the hike.
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