We have had a plethora of warm days in December! This is the perfect weather for hiking. Not to cold and not to hot...just perfect. Hidden Arch trail is a very nice trail to hike. Easy in and easy out with moderate difficulty in between.
As you look at the pictures above, I want to bring a couple things to your attention. Be careful as you walk on all those leaves. They can be very slippery in spots and they also make it a little tricky to see the path in areas. If you do get confused, remember to look for the white diamonds that are painted on trees to mark the trail.
There is a small area that gets pretty narrow and another spot that has a good size rock with tree roots that you have to climb up to stay on the trail. Nothing major, just wanting to make you aware.
And what is a trail without stairs? Gotta keep that cardio going strong, right? What I have pictured is all there is, though. So it's not that bad.
To get to this trail, go to Koomer Ridge Campground. Right now, since there are no campers, drive on down to the campground road to the left. It starts out as Koomer Ridge Trail #220 with Hidden Arch turning off of it about 1/2 mile later but rejoining it on past the arch. So this makes it a loop trail that is about 2 miles out and back. Perfect hike for this weather!
Stay warm, be safe and have fun! Even though it isn't hot, still be sure to pack water an snacks. And remember,
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir