Hidden Valley showcases some of the Joshua Tree National Park’s best features, thus tends to be one of the busiest spots in the park. We have arrived relatively early, so hope to beat most of the crowds.
The valley has only one narrow entrance (enlarged by a local resident by blasting just prior to the property’s becoming a park), making it the reported hide-out of cattle rustlers.
It is incredible to have this place all to ourselves, such a gift to be able to quietly absorb it all completely undisturbed. I’m always amazed by how easy it is to escape from the crowd in our national parks. Sometimes you don’t even have to get off the trail!
Eventually we follow the trail around a bend and further into the valley – the valley is bigger and more varied than I expected, with every bend in the trail bringing a new vista.
Solitude returns to this part of the valley.