Hike of the week: Hidden Valley — Ogden

By Nate Carlisle

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: June 20, 2012 09:43AM
Updated: June 13, 2012 04:10PM
Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune Weber Pathways will hold a fundraiser 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Snowbasin. Weber Pathways plans and promotes trails in Weber County. Hidden Valley, seen here on June 2, 2012, is a secluded bowl in the mountains above Ogden.

Directions • From Interstate 15, take the 31st Street Ogden exit. Drive east about 1.6 miles and turn north on Washington Boulevard. Travel north until you reach 22nd Street then turn east. Drive about 1 mile. The street ends at the Indian Trail parking area.

The trail takes its name from the secluded valley seen from a viewpoint at the end of the hike. From the trail head, follow the signs for the Indian Trail up the mountain. At .54 miles, you will see a large rock with an arrow pointing toward Hidden Valley. Follow the arrow. You’ll soon start to encounter shade and switchbacks with steep elevation gains. At about 2 miles, the trail narrows into a gully. Keep following the trail until you reach a clearing followed by a large cairn marking the viewpoint. Hidden Valley and Mount Ogden are in front of you. Lesser views of Ogden and the Great Salt Lake are to the west.

Destination Overlook

Hiking time 2.5 hours

Round-trip miles 5.18 miles

Elevation gain 2,001 feet

Difficulty Moderate

Trailhead restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes

Fees No