Hikes Near SLC

ENSIGN PEAK


ensign peakDifficulty: Easy     Length: About 1 mile roundtrip

One of Salt Lake City’s most iconic hiking trails, located right above the Utah State Capitol. It is uphill the whole way, but it is short nonetheless. On weekends you will likely see a local church youth group climbing to the historic point (check out the plaque if you hike it). The view is especially beautiful on clear mornings.

Directions to trailhead

 

 

DOUGHNUT FALLS


Difficulty: Easy     Length: up to 3.5 miles roundtrip

Doughnut Falls is extremely popular because it is such an enjoyable hike! This hike is in Big Cottonwood Canyon. I would highly recommend bringing water shoes with you so you can play in the water. The sign near the falls says don’t climb up to the waterfall because it is dangerous. Proceed at your own risk. If you choose to climb up to the cave, just remember to take it slow! Also, no matter what time of year it is, the water is freezing. Have fun!

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THE LIVING ROOM (NEAR SALT LAKE CITY)


Difficulty: Moderate    Length: 2.2 Miles roundtrip

This hike is a very heavily trafficked area due to the convenience of the trail. 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!

Directions to trailhead

 

CECRET LAKE (LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON)


Difficulty: Easy  Length: 1.5 Miles roundtrip

Cecret Lake is located all the way up Little Cottonwood Canyon with the trailhead at Albion Basin Campground. If you can get a parking spot in the lot right outside of the campground, that is the best place to go. If you arrive later in the day, you may need to go back to Alta to catch the shuttle up.

Cecret lake is gorgeous and the trail has some beautiful areas as well. Be sure to do this one when the wildflowers are blooming!

Directions to trailhead

 

 

LAKE MARY, MARTHA AND CATHERINE


Difficulty: Moderate    Length: Between 3.5 and 4 miles roundtrip

Three beautiful lakes in one hike! This one is a must!

Directions/Info: http://utah.com/hiking/lake-catherine-mary

 

 

Hikes Near Utah County

BATTLE CREEK FALLS 


battle creek fallsDifficulty: Easy     Length: 1.2 miles roundtrip

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. At times you may find people rappelling from the top of the waterfall.

Directions to trailhead

 

 

 

GROTTO FALLS 


grotto fallsDifficulty: Easy    Length: 0.6 miles roundtrip

Located up Payson Canyon along the Nebo Loop, Grotto Falls is the cute little hike that everyone can do and it is enjoyable every time. The waterfall at the end is nothing amazing, but it is one of those hikes that reminds you that being in nature is THE BEST! Also, we love the drive to the trailhead. If you have never done this hike…I promise you will like it.

Directions to Trailhead

 

FIFTH WATERFALLS HOT SPRINGS


Difficulty: Easy    Length: up to 4.5 miles roundtrip

Park in the parking lot and follow the trail. DON’T go across the bridge right when you start on the trail, but DO cross the bridge that is a mile into the hike. That bridge is your halfway point to the pools. We always stop at the first set of pools, but there are more pools further along the trail (.25-.3 mile) if you are looking for less of a crowd. Not all of the water is warm, so find where the hot spots are, and use rocks to regulate how much hot water is mixing in with the cold water. 

On Saturdays, the parking lot will be most likely full by 9 am.

Directions to Trailhead

 

STEWART FALLS (PROVO CANYON)


stewart fallsDifficulty: Easy    Length: 3.5 miles roundtrip

Great hike for the family! Beautiful waterfall!

 

 

 

 

 

Hikes In Southern Utah

JOHNSON CANYON TRAIL (ST. GEORGE)

Difficulty: Easy   Length: 2 miles roundtrip

Directions/Info: http://utah.com/hiking/johnson-canyon-trail

 

 

SAND DUNE ARCH AND BROKEN ARCH (ARCHES NATIONAL PARK)


Difficulty: Easy   Length: 1.7 miles roundtrip

Entrance fee to get into Arches is $25 per car

Directions/Info: http://utah.com/hiking/arches-national-park/sand-dune-broken-arch-trail

 

DELICATE ARCH (ARCHES NATIONAL PARK)


utah trailsDifficulty: Moderate     Length: 3 miles roundtrip

Entrance fee to get into Arches is $25 per car. Parents, be mindful of children, there are some cliffs that could are fairly dangerous. In the summer, this hike is very exposed, so take enough water! Dehydration is real people!!

Directions/Info: http://utah.com/hiking/arches-national-park/delicate-arch-trail

 

CORONA AND BOWTIE ARCH (NEAR MOAB)


Difficulty: Moderate   Length: 3 miles roundtrip

Practice safe hiking please 🙂

Directions/Info: http://utah.com/hiking/arches-national-park/bowtie-corona-arches

 

 

HIDDEN PINYON TRAIL (ST GEORGE)


Difficulty: Moderate    Length: 1.5 roundtrip

This hike is a hidden gem in St George’s Snow Canyon! I absolutely love this hike and it is extremely rewarding! If you stay on the trail, this hike isn’t very hard in terms of elevation change, the terrain is just a bit rough. You may need to be able to be fit enough to do a tiny bit of scrambling. Many people go off the trail to climb up some of the rock hills to get a better view of the scenery. If you get disoriented easily, be sure to keep an eye on the clearly marked trail.

Directions to Trailhead – This is the directions to the parking lot next to the trailhead, but I would be sure to pick up a map at the park entrance.

 

ANGELS LANDING (ZIONS NATIONAL PARK)


utah trailsDifficulty: Strenuous     Length: up to 5 miles roundtrip

Out of all the Utah trails, this is a personal favorite! It takes about 5 hours for me with plenty of rest stops. Near the top, there is a few hundred yards of path that is lined with chain so you can hold on. Some people finish their hike just before the chain because of safety. This isn’t a hike for little kids. There are parts of the hike that are very dangerous and I hear of someone falling to their death every once in a while.

Directions/Info:

Drive to the South Entrance of Zion National Park and park your car near a bus stop. Take the park shuttle to The Grotto. The beginning of the trail is right across the street from the shuttle stop.