Hikes Near SLC
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Hikes Near Utah County
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. At times you may find people rappelling from the top of the waterfall.
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.
FIFTH WATERFALLS HOT SPRINGS
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.
STEWART FALLS (PROVO CANYON)
Great hike for the family! Beautiful waterfall!
Hikes In Southern Utah
JOHNSON CANYON TRAIL (ST. GEORGE)
Difficulty: Easy Length: 2 miles roundtrip
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
DELICATE ARCH (ARCHES NATIONAL PARK)
Difficulty: 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!!
CORONA AND BOWTIE ARCH (NEAR MOAB)
Difficulty: Moderate Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Practice safe hiking please 🙂
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)
Difficulty: 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.