Hiking to Hidden Valley
December 2012 - 54 photos
Well, you won't believe this one... our group decided to go hiking in the rain. Well, we didn't really decide to do that, but knew it might rain. We all wanted to do one more hike before the snows hit, but couldn't get together on the weekend as we normally would. As it happened, Tuesday was the only day we could all get together, even if it rained. We did this one on the 4th of December, 2012. Cheryl, Marlene, Jack, Bill, and me.
It wasn't supposed to rain, but with 70% cloud cover I knew that it could. It was forecasted to be cloudy and warm. Come Tuesday morning it was very cloudy and not so warm, and looked like it would rain. We met at the trailhead and decided to go anyway. Didn't want to waste the day after all the planning.
Our choice this time was Hidden Valley, as none of the others had ever been there. This trail starts out from the trailhead at the east end of 22nd Street in Ogden, and goes up along Indian Trail for about a quarter mile then cuts off to the right heading up to Hidden Valley. It's called that because from down below you can't see where it is. It's above the cliffs east of Ogden, and between Ogden Canyon and Taylor Canyon. It's kind of wild up there and very overgrown with brush and trees. When I first went up there 7 years ago, it didn't look like many people hiked it, but now the trail shows a lot of use.
Hidden Valley - Photo taken in 2005 by my Friend Dale N. Wing, who unfortunatly passed away in 2012
We hadn't even reached the cutoff to Hidden Valley when it started to rain. It was a very light rain, so we decided to keep going, but it was getting colder. Good thing we had jackets with hoods. We walked right on past the trail we were supposed to take. I didn't see it. When we started going into the pine trees along Indian Trail I knew we had missed it, so we had to turn back.
A short time later along the Hidden Valley trail it quit raining, which was nice, but the higher we went the colder it got. This trail is much steeper than most of the trails we have hiked and the ground was slippery mud. We really should have turned back with that, not thinking about how hard it would be to come back down it. We realized that a little too late.
This hike is difficult for people our age, like I said, it's a steep trail. We had to stop and rest quite a bit. The trail rises more than 2,000 feet in 2.6 miles, and it's even up hill inside the valley, going through thick shrubs and pine trees. We did leave the trail to look around Hidden Valley, but gave it up as it was just to rough and wild.
When I was up there last time, someone had created a pile of stones in the shape of an old fashioned beehive at the end of the trail overlooking Taylor Canyon. There was a pile of stones again this time, but of a different shape and in a different place.
The hike was 5.7 miles total, climbing 2,028 feet.
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We also did a hike to Hidden Valley in 2005
Hidden Valley, 2005
My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX260, a 10 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilazation and a lens going from wide angle to 20x optical zoom. Some of these photos were taken by Bill Joy with his Olympus E620 SLR and lens assortment.
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