|Highest Elevation:||5000 feet|
|Duration:||About 3 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Moab|
|Official Road Name:|
|Management Agency:||BLM Moab Field Office|
Hidden Canyon Overlook is situated northwest of Moab, Utah. This off-road trail is part of the '3D Safari Route', and gives an impression of being deep in the outback. It traverses dirt and sand, and broad expanses of exposed bedrock or 'slickrock'. Hidden Canyon Overlook culminates approximately 500 feet above a slot canyon known as 'Hidden Canyon' which features red and white sandstone contrasted to blue sky and green vegetation. With the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the distant East, this place is a visual spectacle to cherish.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead is a broad intersection with Bartlett Wash Road. A sign here indicates "3D Safari Route" which is somewhat misleading because Hidden Canyon Overlook is only one of several roads on the 3D Route.
Stay right at the intersection with Mashed Potato. This is the eastern trailhead/end of Mashed Potato. There is a sign here with a map.
Continue to the right at a second intersection.
Proceed straight, but cautiously, over the hill. It is not so much of a ledge, but rather a blind knoll.
Open the wire gate to proceed, and close it behind you. The road descends through ruts.
Turn left at the intersection, and proceed toward the southwest.
Proceed through the curves among cedar trees and a narrow draw. The trail will next traverse an enormous field of exposed bedrock. Watch for the white paint markers.
Turn right where the white paint marker indicates. Be alert, because intuition would seem to continue left around the edge. A faint trace of the trail is visible in dry conditions.
Climb the red soil hill and be prepared to arrive at another enormous slab of exposed bedrock.
Turn to the right (southwest) where the white paint marker indicates. At this point, you recognize the terrain as part of Mashed Potato trail.
Continue straight past the intersection and sign on your left. That is the western trailhead/end of Mashed Potato.
Proceed straight beyond the shelf.
Continue straight beyond this second shelf.
Continue straight over the third shelf.
Proceed to the left at the intersection. A right turn here leads to the Bartlett Overlook trail.
Continue straight at this intersection. The road to the right is the Hidden Canyon Rim Escape and serves as an expedient exit route after visiting the Hidden Canyon Overlook.
Stop at the end of the trail, and spend some time admiring the views.
Trailhead Coordinates: 38.724430, -109.791010