03 Apr Hike of the Day – Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley
Today we headed out to Mormon Trail which is the first trail we hiked when we moved to Phoenix. This is one of our favorite trails! You will get a great workout because Mormon Trail moderate to difficult hike with a consistent climb to the top.
But the real reason we love Mormon Trail is because it leads to Hidden Valley! Hidden Valley Loop is a beautiful wash and rock area at the end of Mormon Trail. It’s important that you be careful to follow the signs because you can easily get lost! We have taken a wrong turn twice on opposite ends of the trail before!
Hidden Valley Loop is well worth the headache because once you find it you can see some cool tunnels, beautiful rock formations and the famous “Fat Man’s Pass”. Fat Man’s pass is a narrow space between 2 rocks that you have to squeeze through to get to the other side. If you are a little claustrophobic, you can always hike over the pass.
Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley Loop Hike Statistics
- Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
- Miles: 4.1 miles
- Time: 2 to 4 hours
- Vertical: 1,778 feet
- Elevation: 2,346 feet
Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley Loop Trail Guide
- Navigate to Mormon Trail. You can find the Mormon trailhead on South Mountain near 24th Street.
- Continue on a steady climb up Mormon Trail. Pass Mormon Loop trail sign. Continue on Mormon Trail. Make a left on National Trail.
- Continue on National Trail and then make a right at the Hidden Valley Trail Sign.
- From here be very careful and pay attention to your surroundings. Continue through Hidden Valley’s Natural Tunnel.
- Climb over the rock water falls (be careful, rocks are large and can be slippery).
- Continue until you reach Fat Man’s Pass. You can try to squeeze through Fat Man’s Pass or you can climb over it.
- Very important!! Once you pass Fat Man’s Pass immediately turn to your right and go up a slight hill. You will see the sign leading you back to Morman Trail. Follow the trail back to the parking lot.
Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley Loop Tips
- Take this hike in the early morning hours just in case you get lost. You don’t want to get lost and then have to rush to avoid night fall.
- Mormon Trail is NOT THE SAME as Mormon Loop. If you are doing this hike, stay away from Mormon Loop.
- Make sure you wear good shoes because you will have to climb up a rock or 2 in Hidden Valley Loop.
- I’ve never heard of anyone getting stuck in Fat Man’s Pass, but if you feel uncomfortable, go over it.
- Hidden Valley is a great place to stop and relax and have a bite to eat, so be sure you have enough time to enjoy the experience.
About Hike of The Day
One of our jobs here at Vertical Hiking Tours is to scout new hikes and locations. We do this for a number of reasons. First, to be able to provide our hiking guides with the support they need and to find new locations and hidden spots for our unique hikes.
6 days out of the week, we head out on a hike in and around the Phoenix area. We have ran into a number of real life situations and seen some amazing views. Its an imperative part of our job as owners of VHT. Plus, our passion for hiking is what started this adventure in the first place.
Our “Hike of the Day” Column is our way of sharing our experiences and adventures with you.
Enjoy and Happy Hiking,
Tierra and Anderson Wilson
Co-Founders @ Vertical Hiking Tours
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