West Hidden Canyon

Total Miles
10.4

Elevation

1,323.93 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a stunning wild trail through an epic canyon. There are all types of terrain, from slick rock chunky sections to steep shelves and deep washouts when crossing washes. Stacking rocks may be required to get through, and contact with the ground is almost guaranteed. The views of the surrounding valleys and cliffs are unforgettable, and there are even a few Utah-style beehive rock formations. Be aware that a massive herd of longhorn cattle may be grazing in the area, and always close the gates after you to keep them contained. There are beautiful Joshua trees along the way and shady juniper trees as well. Keep your eyes peeled, as this is also a known mountain lion area. If you're looking for a challenging trail in the area, this one has your name on it. It is rated a 5-6 for the steep rock shelf of about 2.5 feet and long loose rocky hill climbs and descents. There are some very large washed-out wash crossings and tight technical turns with off-camber transitions. This area is very remote, and help is a long way away. Be sure to bring a satellite communication device and be sure somebody knows your travel plans. There is no cell service out here, so plan and download your offline maps and bring plenty of water. It is a desert, after all.

Difficulty

The difficulty comes from a rock obstacle called "Nutter Twist," A steep rock shelf of about 2.5 feet and long loose rocky hill climbs and descents. Some very large washed-out wash crossings and tight technical turns with off-camber transitions also are found on this difficult trail.

History

Stock 4x4 pickups and SUVs should not attempt the west end of the 1003. The rough section is part of a dugway known as "Nutter's Twist." As of November 2020, the top of Nutter's Twist at the west end of BLM 1003 has been damaged and is now only passable by UTVs. Drivers with extensive 4x4 experience who are driving short-wheelbase 4x4s like Jeep Rubicons may make it but the climb/descend angles are steep and a rollover is possible. The worst part is only 20 yards long. There are several rock steps and large boulders that will cause most 4x4s to scrape or high center. Bypass this section by using BLM 1007 north to BLM 1032 to BLM 1033 to get from the Pakoon Basin to Hidden Canyon. East of the BLM 1033/1003 junction, the road will be rough with multiple dry wash crossings but is usually passable for most high-clearance 4x4s. Bring a shovel.

Technical Rating

6

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