I have had several people reach out to me on Facebook and Instagram recently asking for hike suggestions that aren’t too long and not too snowy. Most of these are on our “Favorite Utah Hikes” page, but here is a list that of hikes that will be less likely to have snow and mud:
1. Ensign Peak
This is one of the first hikes I went on when I was a little boy. It is short, kind of steep, but has a pretty view of Salt Lake City right above the State Capitol building. I imagine it being quite busy this time of year.
2. The Living Room
The living room hike has a nearly one thousand foot climb in elevation that results in a stunning view of SLC and U of U campus. This is a good hike to do to get a great view of the sunset as well! Expect to see plenty of university students on the trail.
3. Battle Creek Falls
Battle Creek Falls is a fun hike tucked up in the canyon just north of Mount Baldy in Pleasant Grove. From the parking lot, you have access to PG mountain trail (left), Battle Creek Falls (middle), and Bonneville Shoreline Trail (right). Once you get on the correct trail, the path leads you straight to the falls.
4. Bonneville shoreline trail
This trail is heavily trafficked by trail runners and runs from North of Logan all the way down to south Utah County. When it comes to hiking or walking, the trail doesn’t have any extremely breathtaking areas except for your constant view of the valley, but it is a good location trail to hop on, hike as long as you want, and head back the same direction you came.
5. Fifth Water Hot Springs
This hike is most likely a bit snowy/muddy right now, but totally worth it to be able to soak in the hot springs! Wear a good pair of boots and carry a pair of sandals or flip flops for when you get into the pools. Don’t forget to bring a towel!! Also, this is about a 5 mile hike roundtrip. Plan accordingly.
If you are not interested in any of these and aren’t willing to hike in the snow, then you need to go to Southern Utah. Check out Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, and the Grand Canyon(AZ) for national parks, and Escalante, Snow Canyon, Gunlock, and Sand Hollow for state parks.
Did we miss anything? Comment below your early spring favorites! Enjoy the warmer weather and stay safe out there!