Made it a couple miles in but needed my snowshoes. Turned back almost to the top. The trail was good with my spikes for about 1.5 miles. I will do it again but will make sure I have my snowshoes with me. Got a good cardio workout. It was nice to get out of the inversion and see clear sky and breath fresh air. Very few people on the trail.
11.5.2016 | 15lb Backpack
This is called Yellow Fork Canyon and Rose Canyon. It's a beautiful area with lots of exploration opportunities as multiple trails branch from the main road. It can make following one track confusing but is great if you want to wander. So while we intended to follow the loop, we found ourselves on top of the mountain.
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon so there were a number of people in the parking lot but once we got out and off the main road it wasn't busy. Lots of horseback riding here which is a nice change from other canyons but also made me more aware of my dog and his reactions.
People come here to shoot, horseback ride, hike and walk with kids. It's a great, versatile canyon and I definitely want to explore more!
First time for this trail. The weather was awesome and it was a fun trail. The dogs had a great time. Not too busy but it was Sunday so that helped. Did have several groups of horse riders but it wasn't bad. We will definitely be doing this one again.
This is a very nice trail system that gradually climbs its way to a ridge line with fantastic views of the Oquirrh mountains and the Salt Lake Valley. I hike in this area a lot, but today a friend of mine and I hiked part of the loop. We saw lots of deer and enjoyed a lot of solitude passing only two horsemen on the way out. The leaves are all but gone form the trees and the trail in many spots appeared to be carpeted with them. On weekends and in the evenings this area does get a lot of visitors, and the trail can be quite crowded, but during the day it is very quiet. My kids love the area as well and are happy to accompany me and my goats on this trail.
Amanda G. on Yellow Fork Canyon Trail
Lovely loop! Watch out for all the horse poop. Lots of leaves currently covering the trail. Lots of side trails so be sure and pay attention.
I love this trail. It's becoming more popular, though. It's uphill for two miles, but there are mile markers every half mile, which is really nice. At milemarker 2, there are picnic tables and a place to tie up horses. Then you can go back down the way you came or head to the left and go around the mountain back down.
It's close to home and makes for a quick ride. Not very well marked with signs unless you take the small road up and even then it ends at 2 miles. You still can continue up the mtn though. If you're riding you have to look for the single tracks. Stay way left of the stream and there are some decent ones. Downer with the horse poo. Overall it's convenient for living in Herriman.
It was a decent hike, but definitely not a favorite, or one I would necessarily recommend. The entire area is really dry for the most part and I prefer green and flowers. We tried to follow the trail on the map, but somehow ended up off the map on the trail with no idea where we missed a turn, so we got to the top and made it an out and back. We saw a rabbit, humming birds, lizard, deer, and lots of people with horses and dogs. The view is nice at the top, so that made the hike better. We ended up 6 miles and 1,300 elevation gain according to my Garmin. If you don't mind the dry landscape I think you would like it more than I did. Lots of horse poop was also kind of annoying.
Did this hike in July and made it to the top in time for sunset. To echo other people's sentiments, the trail isn't well marked, especially after you reach the 2-mile marker. I highly recommend pulling up the map via this app on your phone and following along so you can keep track of your location. Once you get to the 2-mile marker, there will be a rest area. There are two different paths yout can take from there and you take the path that is to the left of the benches to stay on this route. This is when the trail gets pretty. Quite steep, but you're in the woods up until the top. Once you reach the top, you will find a little hill to your left with a small path that you should take up. You will have an incredible view of Salt Lake Valley and Mount Timpanogos to the right. Makes the trip worth it. The path down is quite woodsy and shaded. Horse crap is everywhere on this trail, so be careful. We saw some deer, one that was only 20 feet away. My six year-old loved it. Speaking of, he had to make occasional stops to rest, but was still hikeable for someone his age. Look forward to doing this again in the Fall!