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!
great hike. the last 1/4 mile to the lookout is steep but the rest is very nice and easy. This hike is great for wildlife. I saw 3 deer, 2 goats, 2 hawks, a whole lot of horses, and a snake. great wildlife hike for my 12 year old who loved it. the lookout is nice and you can really see the entire valley. there are side trails going everywhere but it seemed that they all eventually merged back on the main road. looking forward to hiking this again with my other kids.
Tammie S. on Yellow Fork Canyon Trail
Great Hike!! Make sure you take a gps