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Hidden Valley

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Hidden Valley

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Off Park Blvd. 2 mi north of intersection with western end of Barker Dam Rd., Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Ryan & Katy Smilko wrote a review Dec 2020
San Jose, California226 contributions48 helpful votes
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Hidden Valley Trail was noted as being one of the main hikes to do in the park, and it did not disappoint. We were fortunate enough to have the entire trail to ourselves, which gave us plenty of opportunities to take photos (and rest), IT WAS HOT. This trail is one of the first you’ll come across after entering the park. It has a fairly large parking lot, picnic tables, and bathroom which makes it a great spot. The trail itself is only a 1mi / 1.61km loop, and relatively easy. So it’s great for everyone. Check out our blog (link in profile) to read more about Joshua Tree!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Robby G C wrote a review Dec 2020
Toronto, Canada72,040 contributions1,682 helpful votes
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The Hidden Valley was a great place. We had no problems to get at the Hidden Valley. In the past this place was for horses. We were lucky. The sun was still high enough, but the sun will go down within 30 minutes. We walked first and enjoyed this Hidden Valley. Wow! We loved it. The sun was shining on the rocks. Wow! We finished just in time. We had so much fun! This is a must!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Tom wrote a review Dec 2020
Maple Grove, Minnesota1,789 contributions336 helpful votes
Used by cattle rustlers decades ago, this spot is now great for hiking and rock climbing. Very nice hike on a well-marked path with informational placards. Good one for kids with lots to see.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Robert W wrote a review Nov 2020
Puch, Austria281 contributions166 helpful votes
Stunning and breathtaking area - the best place within the NP in my opinion. I loved the rock formations with the deep blue sky and the classical trees.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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DrHickenlocher wrote a review Nov 2020
Irvine, California1,065 contributions315 helpful votes
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There's something for everyone in Hidden Valley. It's a short enough loop that little kids and the elderly can hike it (and can shortcut across the middle if you want to make it even shorter). There's rock scrambling a-plenty for anyone who wants to on some really massive formations. And there's sheer technical climbing for those with the gear and the skills, which is great viewing for the rest of us! Hidden Valley was pretty crowded on a Saturday morning. I drove into the parking lot at Hidden Valley and ended up getting the very last open spot at the very end of the horseshoe-shaped parking lot (by the picnic area) around 9:50am. Every other spot was taken! Thankfully, even though Hidden Valley is a fairly small area, there are a zillion different ways to find your own path and keep your distance. The possibilities are endless, and we didn't make very much progress along the trail for the first hour, instead going up and down and then up and up and WAY up and then back down. Rinse and repeat. You get spectacular views in every direction once you make it to the top of one formation or another. We probably could have stayed there all day. There were also signs instructing one-way traffic (clockwise) for social distancing reasons. Most people obeyed the signs, but not all. I will state that almost EVERYBODY was wearing masks throughout the whole trip! Thank you, smart and considerate people! The temperature for us in mid-November was about 64 degrees when we arrived. In direct sunlight we felt warm, but in the shade when the wind blows through you get chilled quickly, and there was a LOT of shade given how big the rocks were and the angle of the winter sun in the morning. We were thankful to have a long-sleeve base layer beneath our shirts. The days after got up into the mid-70s and we didn't need the base layers.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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