Hidden Canyon Rim Escape is a short but obstacle-filled "short-cut" to exit the Hidden Canyon Overlook; or conversely, the shortest 4WD route to access Hidden Canyon Overlook from Highway 313. Like all off-road trails in Moab, the Hidden Canyon Rim Escape trail feature spectacular desert and mountain vistas. The steep obstacles can be intimidating but are within the capabilities of a stock vehicle for an experienced driver. Use 4WD low gears, and choose your lines wisely!
From the north side, travel the Hidden Canyon Overlook trail in its entirety, or Mashed Potato to its merger with Hidden Canyon Overlook, then proceed to Hidden Canyon Rim Escape's northern trailhead.
From the southern side, depart Moab heading north, and turn left (west) on Highway 313. Travel approximately eight miles to the vicinity of Lone Mesa Group Campground, and turn right on Dubinky Well Road. Continue on Dubinky Well Road toward the north, and go beyond the Bartlett Wash Road trailhead. About two miles beyond this point, watch for a sign indicating "3D Safari Route" on your right. Turn right and proceed north for approximately two miles. Arrive at a 4-way intersection; the trail to the northeast (downhill) is Hidden Canyon Rim Escape.
This trail is better when you connect it with Hidden Canyon Overlook. This one has a couple fun little obstacles, but overall there are better trails to do as "stand-alone" type trails. Definitely make a day of it and run it with Hidden Canyon Overlook.
Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast originally from north Alabama. His family moved to central Utah when Tracy was a child, and subsequently to southern Utah, where he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. His favorite activities are family trail rides and camping with small groups. He started many years ago in his dad's F-150 pickup truck, and subsequently his own 4x4 acquisition, a 1975 Ford Bronco (in 1991).