Emigration Canyon Ridgeline Trail

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Emigration Canyon Ridgeline Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round.

8.2 miles 2567 feet Out & Back

hiking

road biking

trail running

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

I usually love a good ridgeline, but somehow this one didn't speak to me. The lower section I guess is easy, but once you start to climb up above the marked "start" point of this hike (even though having it be the start point makes no sense) it's moderate, and the trail quickly fades (or at least that was what I found in 2015). It does have nice views down both sides, but is a low enough ridge that the views aren't really expansive, and there is no shade. I guess I'm just spoiled ;-)

5 months ago

There are some nice views, but very little shade. Good early spring hike.

5 months ago

I absolutely love the north east side of this trail. the hiking was easy going and there was a great variety of flowers, trees and wild life. the views are amazing. I can't wait for the leaves to start changing, I will definitely be up there again.
the south side of the trail was fine enough but most of it looked the same and there's almost no shade. its pretty hot.
I love this area and I can't wait to do more of the nearby hikes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, I love the options here, seems like endless country lies before. The views are amazing and you start at a high elevation, so there isn't really too much climbing involved. Beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike on a sunny 70 degree day. Lots of sunflowers, balsam arrowroot, mule ears, larkspur; beginning wall flowers, bluebells, paintbrush at higher elevation. There is a trail intersection at approx. 3.4 m with no markings and 4 groups of hikers came through and wondered what trail went where. Very confusing. I continued upwards to what likely was the "look out" I'd heard about. This was a group of craggy rocks you can sit on and dangle your feet in the air. Trail continued, but I saw no need to go further. The view from this Look Out was breathtaking. With info from other sources, I think round-trip was 10+ mi.

hiking
6 months ago

Great Beginner Trail; nothing technical; however as many have mentioned it can get very steep and up and downs will tire you out if you're new.

There is ample parking at the trail head; you'll know you're there as there appears to be a pumping station and there is also bathrooms. Seems to be a stopping point for a lot of bikers and motorcyclists.

For the first ~1.5 miles of the trail definitely seems like it was some type of service/fire road as its two track; a little further it narrows a bit; but the trail is very easy to follow.

About 2.5 miles in you'll get your first view of SLC; which is where we ended up turning around as we had several people who had never been on a hike before and were tired.

Great views of Emigration Canyon and also I-80; if you headed further up looks like you could get even better SLC views.

Headed out on Memorial Day; and was lightly trafficked (saw maybe 3 other groups total; 7 others?) cell service was present the whole time if your concern is safety.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Great hike! Amazing views will do again!

7 months ago

Good to run. Trail seems to be an old service route for a gas line or cell towers.

hiking
9 months ago

Some fairly steep sections but generally fairly easy going. If there is snow, it gets less compacted and therefore harder to walk on the further from the trailhead you go. Snowshoes would be a bonus, especially on a warm day. Nice views of the valley (well, today of the inversion) but nice to get out of the smog!

hiking
1 year ago

NO DOGS ALLOWED! Everything online says otherwise but there are signs posted at the trailhead showing no dogs allowed. Trail overall rates pretty easy with some moderate and steeper climbs as well as some tricky descents when the rock is wet. Beautiful hike that doesn't take too long as long as you're used to hiking.

trail running
1 year ago

Gorgeous! It isn't too strenuous and offers stunning views of Emigration and Parleys Canyons. It was perfect for train running and wasn't crowded at all.

hiking
1 year ago

This was a great trail on a beautiful day. As has been said before, the elevation is deceptive because of all of the up and down. There is zero shade, so if it is a sunny day, you are in it the entire way. The wildflowers are coming out right now which was very nice. When you get out to the point where the valley comes into sight, it is a great view. I would do this trail again.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice winter hike as the elevation is not too high and the snow is not too deep. No shade and windy. Gorgeous views. The trail is not your typical mountain hike, it takes you up, then down, and repeats that a few times over throughout. No need for snowshoes. The path is packed down. Microspikes are nice to have for the downhills as they can get a little steep and slippery. But you can still be ok in hiking boots if you're careful.

hiking
1 year ago

All alone on this one...it is a nice hike with a few great views. Fairly easy. Lots of wildlife signs but no sightings. Would do this again if looking for a quick hike.

hiking
3 years ago

Fun hike with some nice views, but deceptively hard. Total elevation gain is not much but you're going up and down over the ridgeline, so in the end the elevation gain is 2-3x the total. Ran into a wild turkey on the trail that scared the s**t out of me.

hiking
3 years ago

Great little hike with very little traffic. I went on Memorial Day and only saw two other people the whole time I was there. The hike takes along the ridgeline between Emigration Canyon and Parley's Canyon. Towards the end you get some great views of the Salt Lake Valley and at the end there is a nice little clearing to sit and enjoy the view or have lunch.