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Hawxhurst Trail #530
The Hawxhurst Trail #530 is the quickest way to reach the lower end of the Smalley Mountain Trail #531 if you are approaching from the east (traveling west on Battlement Trail #527). A large portion of this trail passes through aspen stands interspersed with open meadows. The last 0.75 miles of the trail is largely oak brush. The trail ends at a two-track at the Hawxhurst Cow Camp, which is where private property begins. The trail is of medium difficulty
Length of Hike: 2 miles to pass at north end of Hidden Valley; allow 3 hours round trip.
Type of Hike: Constructed trail.
Area Attractions: Access route to Hidden Valley and Behind the Rocks, good views of the Moab Valley and Behind the Rocks. Trail connects with the southern end of the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail.
Trailhead Location: Drive 3 miles south from Moab on Hwy 191 and turn right onto Angel Rock Road. After two blocks, turn right onto Rimrock Road and drive to parking area.
Route Description: From the parking area, follow the trail up to the base of the Moab Rim and then ascend a series of steep switchbacks. At the top of the switchbacks, the trail heads north and enters Hidden Valley, which is a broad shelf between the top of the Moab Rim and Spanish Valley. Follow the trail to a low rise that separates the two halves of Hidden Valley and continue along through the northern section to a point where the trail swings to the left and goes over a low pass. At the pass, the hiker will be rewarded with a view of the large sandstone fins of the Behind the Rocks area. The trail continues down the west side of the pass for about 1/3 mile where it meets the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail. The hike may be extended to the Colorado River by following the Moab Rim four-wheel-drive trail to its starting point.
Note: During the late afternoon, in the summer, this trail is largely in the shade of higher cliffs. Although the Hidden Valley Trail is non-motorized, mountain bikes may sometimes be seen on it.
- Trail Measurement: 2 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 402400N
- Compass Longitude: 1054212W
- Numeric Latitude: 40.399984
- Numeric Longitude: -105.7033392
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