Hidden Canyon Overlook-, Hidden Canyon Rim Escape- and Bartlett Overlook-Trail, Moab, UT

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As we had bad weather in the Swell this day, we moved to Moab, UT for some nice and scenic 4wheeling adventures. Our target was Hidden Canyon Overlook. From there we planned to go up to Bartlett Rim by using the ‘Rim Escape’ trail and visiting Bartlett Overlook. Rolf (Hatchcanyon) wrote a great trip report, where he and his wife made this trail with a unmodified Trailblazer. The ‘Bartlett Overlook’ trail difficulty is now increased from ‘moderate’ to ‘difficult’. Whether this is correct or not, has to be decided by anybody himself.

We came down US191 and went on Blue Hills Road at 12S 60969X 428942X (UTM/NAD27). We followed this road until a turnoff at 12S 60611X 428894X. We turned left and followed this trail.

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

At 12S 60513X 428672X, we turned right towards Hidden Canyon:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Shortly after this turn we are reaching the next turn off at 12S 60501X 428676X. Straight ahead is the trail to Hidden Canyon Overlook and to the left is a turn off of the 3D trail. This section of the 3D trail we wanted to see first. We went up a steep climb and reached a nice viewpoint. On the other side the trail to Hidden Canyon Overlook crosses a slickrock area:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

The trail continues here, but we wanted to go forward towards Hidden Canyon Overlook and turned around to go down the steep hill and to take the trail to the left. The following picture shows roughly the ongoing trail.

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

After passing a gate we are at the beginning of the slickrock area, we saw from the other viewpoint:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

There were a lot of EJS markings on the slickrock, so that navigation was at that time pretty much easy.

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

The trail continues on the slickrock ahead:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Here a view into the vicinity…

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

…before we continued:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

For my ‘spotter’ it got to boring, so she went out to walk ahead of me:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Soon we passed the slickrock area and the trail got easy::

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

At 12S 60220X 428540X we are at the turn off to Hidden Canyon Overlook, which goes to the left. Shortly after choosing this trail we are able to enjoy great views:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

In front of us is Hidden Canyon Overlook:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

If one explores the vicinity, he may find a dinosaur track:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Then we went down to the parking area at the overlook. We made a lunch break and enjoyed the views:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

After some time we went back on the trail:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

At 12S 60220X 428540X we met the turn off to the ‘Rim Escape’ trail (left turn). Straight the trail leads back to the slickrock area:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

On a sandy trail we are coming closer to ‘Mean Hill’:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Soon we are at the first slickrock climb:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

This is the way up to Bartlett Rim:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

After this slickrock climb a steep dirt hill is following:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Here a view back:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Soon we are on a rough trail in the ‘Bartlett Rim’ region:.

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

At 12S 60068X 428414X we are meeting a trail along Bartlett Rim. We turn to the left and follow this trail until we reach 12S 60156X 428351X. The trail to the left leads to Bartlett Overlook.

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Bartlett Overlook allows gorgeous views into the vicinity:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

After some time we went back to the rim trail, where we turned to the left. On an easy trail we are continuing our ‘mission’…

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

….before we reach the point, which gives ‘Bartlett-Overlook’ trail a ‘difficult’ rating:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

After passing this spot we are going back to Dubinky Well Road und US313 on a moderate trail. We had also the chance to see the Rainbow Rocks:

Hidden Canyon Overlook, Bartlett Overlook, Moab, UT

For a better orientation, most of the pictures include the gps positions, where they were taken, in the exif data.

For a better orientation, one can downlload a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Hidden Canyon Overlook-, Hidden Canyon Rim Escape- and Bartlett Overlook-Trail, Moab, UT (137 downloads)

And here is an overview of the area, we visited:

Christian

Christian

Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.

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