Hidden Valley Loop

5/5 (4 reviews)
Escondida, New Mexico (Socorro County)
Last Updated: 11/16/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Venturing out from Arroyo de Los Pinos, Hidden Valley Loop takes you deeper into the badlands surrounding the Quebradas Backcountry Byway near Socorro, NM. There are myriad offroad trails along the Byway, which divides the 6,000-acre Gordy’s Hill Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area from west to east, providing offroad driving challenges for all experience levels and offroad vehicle capabilities. Hidden Valley Loop is notable because it is not only a challenging trail, it's also a route leading to a broad network of increasingly technical Quebradas 4WD trails. If you enjoy the challenge of picking lines and crawling over and through big rock, you will like this trail! The arid desert landscape of the Quebradas is harsh yet beautiful, and it's teeming with life. Moving through the area, bands of red and yellow sandstone, red and purple shale, and white to gray limestone are all exposed in stunning geological features.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (4 reviews)
Status: Not Reported
Visited: 08/15/2022

The BLM is planning on limiting this trail to the first 0.46 miles The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office is seeking public comment on the draft environmental assessment for the development and implementation of a travel and transportation management/recreation area management plan for the Johnson Hill (also known as Gordy’s Hill) Special Recreation Management Area. The public comment period is from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30, 2022. The draft environmental assessment, project summary, interactive map and details on how to participate in this planning effort are posted on the BLM’s ePlanning website at: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012247/510. The documents may also be viewed at the BLM Socorro Field Office. Interested members of the public may provide written comments during this scoping period through: ePlanning: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012247/510 Mail: Bureau of Land Management Socorro Field Office, Attn: Mark Matthews, 901 South Hwy 85, Socorro, NM 87801 Fax: 575-835-0223 Email: valguire@blm.gov Drop off: 901 South Hwy 85, Socorro, NM 87801 Please reference “Johnson Hill Environmental Assessment” in all correspondence and in the subject line of faxes or emails. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. For further information about the project, please contact BLM Socorro Assistant Field Manager for Multi Resources Virginia Alguire at 575-838-1290.
Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Visited: 11/16/2021

Heavy rains in 2021 have really changed the area trails. Some points are now harder and some are easier. Lots of vegetation in the arroyo floors and more exposed boulders than usual in many places. Fabulous, sunny weather in the 70's with no wind on this trip. Conditions in late fall really are ideal for the Quebradas area.
Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/07/2019

Absolutely love this trail. There is a section of whoop-dee-doos between waypoints 3 and 4 where things are getting deep due to traffic - heavy suspension flexing and very off camber sections. A blast to navigate!
Trail Review: Hidden Valley Loop - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: Hidden Valley Loop - Scott Mitchell
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Scott Mitchell
Official Crew
12150
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/16/2018

This trail has some uniquely challenging sections; rock steps, off-camber sections, steep climbs, and series of deep crevices that will get your axles twisting and your suspension drooping. Take it slow, take a partner and enjoy this trail. Well worth the trip!
Trail Review: Hidden Valley Loop - Scott Mitchell
Trail Review: Hidden Valley Loop - Scott Mitchell
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