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Beautiful and short trail

I planned to hike the church fork route from the east, but did not specify to Google maps, which took me to this trailhead. With limited time before my flight left, I decided to go for it. It was unrelentingly steep for sure, but not overwhelmingly. The afternoon sunlight on the golden grass and city view made it worth it. The east route was likely cold in the shade. Being from Michigan, a handful of breaks were need to catch my breath. It was a cool experience, but will likely explore other options the next visit to SLC.

Difficult on the way down due to slippery gravel. Great view at top! Good hike with 2 eleven year olds.

On a clear day, it is a STUNNING view. Even on a smoky day, it’s still beautiful. It’s a steep hike up and not marked. However, it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s well-traversed enough. You get to this first lookout area that’s flat, which means you’re almost there!

Hey, I got old knees. They sure did get a work out! This hike can be strenuous, but the payoff is incredible. The water fall is frozen with small trickles of water running through the icicles. Breathtaking! Busy trail with friendly people. Question? -trail runners, man or machine?

Hike is fun and gives a great view over SLC. You park on the road and walk up. Look for the Yellow sign with numbers as this is the start of the trail - there are no signs for it. TV remote is a nice touch.

This trail is a lovely trail. The only big hill is at the bridge and if you don't want to do the loop back to the bridge there is a trail that will take you directly to the bridge so you can bi-pass it. We went up the hill and around. In total we crossed 3 bridges, a rock cave formation thing and saw the beautiful panorama of the valley. I would say this hike is easy without the big hill. If you add the hill I would say moderate. But I am a weekly hiker.

Beautiful view! Just like most people describe, this trail delivers a nice short, challenging jaunt.

I've read in other blogs that it is recommended to extend your trip to Mount Wire, a continuation of the Living Room Trail. I also recommend the summit Mount Wire to the old radio tower (breathtaking), but I would say taking the southeast route to the summit FIRST would be much easier (counter clockwise). That stretch is steep with loose rock scree and is difficult coming down. That way you'll have the Living Room to reward yourself with on the descent.

If you're just doing The Living Room, that is great too.

Very beautiful and enjoyable, however there are a lot of different trails and none of them have a marker so you kind of have to figure it out yourself. Good luck.

Stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley! Nice, moderate walk on decent trail over an interesting hogback ridge. Clear evidence of mountain biker tracks but I saw none this morning. I saw only four other hikers. Cold breeze. No precipitation. No mud. Many oak trees with nearly all leaves fallen. Best to remember natural markers because there are several unmarked intersections.

7 days ago

easy/moderate trail with a long extension if wanted up the little black mountain. no snow right now either. took about 2 hours

hiking
7 days ago

Thigh burner coming back down, poles would probably be a good idea. About an inch or so of snow starts around 8k feet. Tough hike but great views.

hiking
8 days ago

No snow up there yet (as of this morning.) Perfect sunrise hike.

really hard i did it in 4 hours and it was more like 5-6 miles. i went up left and down right. wish i did it the other way. the views are incredible absolutely breathtaking. the way down is very steep tons of loose rocks for about 15 min i had to slide down in a squat position because its literally the decline is insane. i think i veered off the path a little because it was pretty extreme hard to find trails coming down there were many little ones and i think i chose the hardest one. i saw 5 deer!

i liked it pretty short so go to red butte and make it a loop!

hiking
9 days ago

Quick easy hike for everyone with a beautiful view !

trail running
9 days ago

I had a great early morning sunrise hike. Pretty chilly this time of year. The hills were perfect for high intensity interval cardio.

Found a sport dog field trainer thing on the trail. find me on Instagram @savethenegs to retrieve it.

The first and third miles are hard. And fabulous!!! The last 3/4 mile is steep rock, which is kind of hard to get down. Loved this hike! Took 80 minutes up and 70 minutes down. Two navigation notes: at the first landing (above the lake), go left. And up at the river go left (over the bridge).

Spectacular view of the SLC valley! A great Halloween hike!
Dress warm ❄️

Holy crap what a trail!!! Very rewarding and yet hard , not for the fainted heart! Did this hike on Halloween day, you may see snow towards mile 3 once you get to first summit it’s all dried! Lot of people on the trail. Made it to top in 3 hours plus about half hour for breaks and picture takes, coming down was also a little challenging because of the snow that melted and now it was slushy, def hiking poles . Coming down took me 2 hrs.
Layer up as it’s very cold on the scramble area if sun is not out. Happy hiking!

Wouldn’t be the first or fifth trail I’d hike in the area, but bonus of it not being watershed. The people who live there that hate the trail access should have moved, oh, I don’t know, maybe not directly next to the Wasatch?

This trail is always crowded and just really not worth the hype. You follow an eroded gulch half of the time. Wasps love the rocks at the living room. It’s popular because it’s accessible from town and not very long.

Heard coyotes and saw a tarantula. Quite the climb but gorgeous views the whole way.

awesome family trip, can do it in about an hour.

hiking
15 days ago

I enjoyed this trail! We started up about 7am. The fall leaves were pretty (once it was light enough to see), and there was very little mud. Because it was early on a Monday, we only passed a couple people coming down. While it wasn't so steep that you were rock climbing, it was a steady unbreaking incline up the canyon, and quite tiring for beginners. The "living room" set up at the top was awesome! (whoever brought the remote for the TV is the coolest). The view was gorgeous, with the sun beginning to shine out over the valley.

Great views at the top, tough going getting there. SO STEEP, but I would still recommend. I went up around 4:30 and came down just in time to see the sun setting.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice steep, short hike. Take some time at the top to read the notes in the mailbox. Bring a small trinket/gift to leave behind.

Went on a Sunday, late October. Many climbers and hikers. Made it to overlook and returned before dark. Lovely hike.

Fast, fun, family friendly hike. We enjoyed climbing on the rocks at the end near the waterfall and exploring some caves off the main trail.

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