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Hike through Hidden Valley - South Mtn

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.Phoenix, United States

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Experience hosted by David

3 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet at the Trailhead in south Phoenix and hike up Mormon Trail in the south Mountain Park preserve. This is a climb, right out of the parking lot. Once we reach the top of the climb, it's rolling hills and some flat desert hiking until we reach Fat Man's Pass, the beginning of Hidden Valley. We'll squeeze through two boulders that make up Fat Man's Pass into beautiful and secluded hidden valley. We are likely to see some wildlife anywhere on this hike but especially so in Hidden Valley. We'll leave Hidden Valley through a natural tunnel, see a couple petroglyphs, and then begin to head back down. All told this is a 3.8 mile hike and slightly under 1000 foot accumulated elevation gain.
We will meet at the Trailhead in south Phoenix and hike up Mormon Trail in the south Mountain Park preserve. This is a climb, right out of the parking lot. Once we reach the top of the climb, it's rolling hills and some flat desert hiking until we reach Fat Man's Pass, the beginning of Hidden Valley. We'll squeeze through two boulders that make up Fat Man's Pass into beautiful and secluded hidden valley. We are likely to see some wildlife anywher…

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Fri, Oct 23
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Sat, Oct 24
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Sun, Oct 25
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Meet your host, David

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I've been passionate about hiking for several years now. I know just about every trail from beginner to expert in the Phoenix area. Have led hikes for Meetup Groups. I am the founder/admin of the "Hike AZ" Facebook page that started in August 2019.
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Where you'll be

Hidden valley featured lots of flora and fauna, ocotillo and saguaro cacti, a chance to encounter wildlife, a natural tunnel, a "slide" we have to slide down and "Fat man's pass", two boulders we squeeze through in order to get into the valley.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Melissa
March 2020
Prior to my hike David was in contact with me asking me appropriate questions about my hiking ability. Due to the fact that it rained for 4 days prior to my hike we decided to change locations of my hike so I can see a gorgeous waterfall. The hike was tough at the beginning but was well worth it. David is very knowledgeable about a lot of the trails in the Phoenix and Tempe area. Lots of great information!
Prior to my hike David was in contact with me asking me appropriate questions about my hiking ability. Due to the fact that it rained for 4 days prior to my hike we decided to chan…
Kim
March 2020
Dave was an excellent tour guide. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and the specifics of the trail we hiked. He was very friendly and hiked at our pace. Knowing we were on vacation he made sure we stopped at all the best spots for photo opportunities. Thanks Dave; we will look for future experiences with you again.
Dave was an excellent tour guide. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and the specifics of the trail we hiked. He was very friendly and hiked at our pace. Knowing we were on vac…
Cindy
March 2020
What a wonderful experience! The Mormon Trail is not too hard, but challenging enough to feel like I got a good workout! And it’s just gorgeous right now popping with wildflowers galore! We watched the sun rise at the start of the hike, and watched as the desert animals woke up - mostly little lizards and ground squirrels. I REALLY hoped to see a rattlesnake, but no such luck! Ha ha! AND I was able to squeeze through Fatman’s Pass! You’ll have to sign up for this hike for that last sentence to make any sense! David is a long-time hiking guide with Meetup dot com and seems quite knowledgeable about all the trails here, and about central Arizona in general, having lived here for 20+ years. He has speed and stamina but never raced off and left me; I felt safe the entire time. He says he’ll take us to any trail, so next time I hope to try a new (to me!) trail. If you do nothing else while you’re in Phoenix, at least go hiking with David!
What a wonderful experience! The Mormon Trail is not too hard, but challenging enough to feel like I got a good workout! And it’s just gorgeous right now popping with wildflowers g…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

Sunrise Hikes available. Other trails are also available. Please contact me for alternate times.

What to bring

Proper shoes and attire for a hike, and water. I'll have extra, but you should have your own. Probably wear a hat to avoid getting sun on your face. Possibly sunglasses.