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About 2 miles from Barker Dam is Hidden Valley, a small valley surrounded by tall rock formations. In my many visits to the park, I’d never hiked the one mile nature trail that loops though the valley. It begins at a break in the rocks that legend says that Bill Keys blasted through the rock to open up the valley to graze his cattle prior to FDR declaring the area a national monument. Whether this is true or not is in dispute, but the valley does have an isolated ecosystem apart from the rest of the park.
Wide shot of Hidden Valley from the entrance at the east.
Rock face in the valley, this area is popular with rock climbers.
Cholla Cactus which is usually not found is the western part of the park.
A rock monolith with some Aerochrome emulation during processing.
Flower on a cactus.
A flower growing between the rocks.
Notice the people about half way up this rock.