Hiking in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City and the surrounding area (including Utah County) features versatile hiking trails from easy to challenging, mountain trails to city walks for the individual and family. Some of my favorite include hiking City Creek (yes, City Creek and Temple Square count) , Donut Falls, and Silver Lake.
And of course there that are waiting on the ‘To Do List’ …which someday I/we would hope to make! For now, here are a few to get you started.
Orson Smith Trail and Park
The Orson Smith Trail (and Park) is an easy hike — a little over a mile each way. The trail and park is fairly well maintained and includes benches, tables, trailhead, adequate parking, etc. The trail itself is decorated (by nature) with wild flowers, birds, and native grasses. The trail grade has a gentle slope with an elevation gain of ~ 350 feet that allows for hikers of all skill levels. The times that I’ve been there the trail was not overrun with visitors but a nice mix of joggers, hikers, and others. read more
Jordan River Parkway
Jordan River Parkway has trailheads located in a number of areas, some of which have restrooms, picnic tables, and play ground sets. I would rate all of trails as easy with typically county maintained paths… read more
Donut Falls – Spring
Donut Falls is certainly beautiful in summer months, but the spring snow adds a rustic, rugged look. Melting snows and lingering ice can make the hike a bit slippery, but this past Saturday (May 17) there were many toddlers, children making it up to the falls — with Mom & Dad’s help of course… read more
Donut Falls – Summer
Donut Falls is a popular, family friendly hike that can be enjoyed by most everyone. The trail wanders along a beautiful stream as it passes through woods and meadows on its way
up to the falls. The trail is well marked, child friendly, and provides scenic views of the mountains, forest, and wildlife … read more
Twin Lakes is about a 1 mile hike (each way) with the trailhead branching off the trail around Silver Lake.
And even though I would rate
the trail has having a pretty good elevation rise (about 700 feet), I still saw many toddlers — several on the shoulders
of Dad — making the trek on a recent Saturday.
The hike is … read more
Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Silver Lake is a family friendly area with picnic tables, fishing (with a Utah State fishing license), and hiking
for a great summer outing. On a typical Summer Saturday morning families with toddlers, even babies in strollers, can be found enjoying the 3/4 mile (approximate) walk around the lake.
Benches and picnic tables… read more
Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail | Upper 2/3
Hiking the complete trail — approximately 7 miles — is a great workout for the biker, jogger, and most hikers. The path is very popular — especially on Saturdays — with a combination of couples,
singles, a few with gray hair, and even some 3-8 year olds.
The trail winds along a beautiful stream… read more
Hiking the complete trail at Bell Canyon is probably for the more adventuresome, i.e., sections will likely require some serious huffing & puffing even for the experienced!
Love the trail — the stream is beautiful and once you get up the hill, the view of the valley is striking. … read more
Temple Quarry Trail / Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail
The Temple Quarry Trail is a popular & family friendly destination that includes natural and historic points of interest that range
from mountain scenery to any number of historical tidbits. On the historic side, Mormon pioneers once used
the granite from the quarry in their temple construction beginning in 1862.
The Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a little more taxing and continues… read more
Ledgemere Picnic Area
Ledgemere is one of my favorite picnic areas with convenient highway access located approximately
1.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.
The site runs along Big Cottonwood Canyon with a number of hiking trails across the highway. Tables are located along a gentle river with scenic views of the mountain and surrounding area… read more
Wheeler Farm is a family friendly site that children love, especially the little ones. The farm is well laid out with paths that wander along the river/stream, around duck ponds, and the farm areas. Cattle and sheep still graze on the farm, ducks & geese are well, just about everywhere at times, and lots of birds (robins, pigeons, etc.) abound.
Wheeler farm is a wonderful destination for an afternoon picnic, jog… read more
Hiking in Utah County and surrounding area
Utah County (and the surrounding area) also sports a number of great locations for hikes including Bridal Veils (which is beautiful even in Spring), the hike up to Timpanogos Cave, many more.
Trails are typically well kept although, as in other areas, are quite popular on Saturdays. A few of my favorite are shown below!
Timpanogos Cave – the Hike
Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a popular destination for adventurers and families wanting to explore underworld caves. But did you know that it is also a very popular hiking destination!
The trail up to the cave has incredible scenic views of American Fork canyon and the surrounding area. The hike is about 1.5 miles … read more
Battle Creek Falls
Battle Creek Falls is located along a narrow, and occasionally steep trail just outside of Pleasant Grove, Utah. The trail itself continues 2.4 miles below and above the Falls, intersecting the Curly Springs trail at 1.1 mile before joining the Dry Creek trail at 2.4 miles… read more
Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available… read more
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