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Conquer the Trail to Hidden Valley

guided hike

Conquer the Trail to Hidden Valley

148 reviews
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Conquer the Trail to Hidden Valley

guided hike

Conquer the Trail to Hidden Valley

148 reviews
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 5 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Let's explore South Mountain Preserve and discover Hidden Valley. We'll hike about 2-3 hours, travel a total of 3.8 miles, and gain 1,000 feet of elevation to discover a magical spot in the middle of the mountain. Our adventure begins with a climb but offers amazing views right away. As we continue to gain elevation we’ll see local landmarks like Four Peaks, Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, and Downtown Phoenix. Surrounded by fantastic rock formations as we climb even higher, we’ll stop to learn about the Sonoran Desert’s unique geological history, vegetation, and wildlife. We'll see Saguaros, wild flowers, Barrel and Prickly Pear cacti. We may even spot a family of Quails, a Zebra Tailed Lizard, or Jack Rabbits running across the trail. After we’ve reached our highest elevation we’ll squeeze through Fat Man’s Pass (a narrow pass through a giant boulder created by a powerful wash) and descend into Hidden Valley. Here we will be completely secluded from city views and surrounded by birds, butterflies, and fresh herbal air. We’ll take a moment here to enjoy in the beauty of the desert. We'll stop again to examine ancient petro glyph sites created by the Hohokom, sometime between 350 - 1500 AD. Next, we’ll rock scramble a bit before we hike to a natural rock tunnel. Finally, we’ll enjoy more views of the valley on the way down the mountain.

Your host

Learn more about Janelle

Janelle

I am a trail-conquering, Certified Personal Trainer and U.S. Navy veteran who loves to sweat in the sun. I've been hiking in the desert since age 8 and enjoy sharing all I have learned about the unique desert landscape. Over the years I’ve hiked many miles, honing my hiking skills and becoming an expert at enjoying the natural world. Now I’d like to share the experience with you. *CPR and First Aid Certified

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Where you'll be

South Mountain Preserve (meeting at Mormon Trailhead) one of the largest city parks in the nation, near 24th Street and Baseline in Phoenix. Fat Man's Pass - a narrow gap in a rock formation on the trail. Hidden Valley - a small valley in South Mountain Park that is completely secluded from city views.

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Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. No prior experience is necessary.

More tips

Beginner hikers can enjoy this hike, but should participate in some regular physical activity. We will hike 3.8 miles with 1000ft elevation gain in 3 hours. Guests with heart conditions or joint issues should not participate.

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Janelle
Conquer the Trail to Hidden Valley
148 reviews
From $35/person
148 reviews
From $35/person