Hideout Road connects the east end of Onion Creek Trail to Polar Mesa. The trail is almost 11 miles of ever-changing terrain. The trail traverses loose sand, exposed slickrock, gravel roads, and hard-packed dirt. The shelf roads and steep switchbacks provide expansive Thompson Canyon and Fisher Valley views. Hideout Road is lined predominately with Utah Juniper, but a handful of large deciduous trees provide a brilliant pop of color during the Fall as their leaves change to bright gold. When starting from Onion Creek Trail, all but one of the obstacles require you to climb over them. Approximately a mile north of Onion Creek Trail, after crossing through an opening in a fence, you quickly descend a steep 16-degree switchback comprised of loose sand and large embedded rocks the size of a beach ball. When starting at Polar Mesa, you are tasked with descending the obstacles and climbing the steep switchbacks. Hideout Road is a perfect trail for beginners in a high clearance 4x4.
The campsite options along the trail are limited and subpar. The two sites observed along the trail are not level and are incredibly close to the road. I would look elsewhere if you need a campsite.
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