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Have done this trail hundreds of times to keep up my cardio for high altitude hikes. I usually hike it three times in a row (three laps).

I loved this hike. I went on a backpacking trip with some of my friends up here and about 10 minutes before getting to the waterfall there’s a little fire pit and a bunch of trees where you can set up a little camp and hang up hammocks. The view is beautiful and yes it was kinda hard carrying a bunch of your gear up the trail (because it’s just straight up) but it was so worth it. There’s little ponds that you can either look at or you can swim in (only if you like freezing cold water) but either than that it’s a great trail. It takes about 1-2 hours (depending on your pace) hiking up but walking back down feels like 10 minutes.

This area was severely burned in the September 2018 Bald Mountain fire. The trail has been closed since September. From Nebo Loop road in December the entire south mountainside of Mt Loafer appears decimated by fire. Hardly any vegetation left. I'm sure views are amazing from on top, but the trail is not going to be as scenic along the way.

It was a gorgeous hike. Covered in packed snow for the majority of the way, so it got a little slick in some parts. I had a toddler on my back so that definitely made it tougher in the slick parts, if I were to do it in the snow again I wouldn’t take the kid. I ended up above the falls but I think there was probably some good views I missed out on below. The way to the falls wasn’t marked so that’s why it’s only 4 stars not 5 but I’m going to try again when there isn’t snow and see if it’s better.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail is closed for the winter!

This is rated "HARD" but find it to be intermediate; it shares the same trail for the Dry Creek Trail which is rated Intermediate. Went Mid-November 2018 and it took about 2.5 hours with stops for pictures and taking in the views. Trail was a mix of compacted dirt and some loose rocks so wear shoes with ankle support. Trail was clear of snow and there was only one icy spot about 1/4 mile up past the trailcamp meadow. I was easily able to walk through the brush and avoid it. The dead horse is still on the left of the trail just past the post for the 046 trail (on the right). The horse did not smell and was half buried, however my pup's nose had no trouble finding it. Only docking because the signs for the falls didn't exist.

We went in November and the trail was rocky for a good portion of the trail and icy in a couple of spots but mostly dry. The falls leaves were mostly fallen. There was little to no signage to point us toward Horsetail Falls but we veered right at the first two forks and then went down a path to the Lower falls. Spectacular views and wonderful to see at dusk. It took us 2.5 hrs to go up and back.

off road driving
2 months ago

This is a pretty standard trail despite the “hard” rating. It’s not bad except about 2/3s up there is a stretch of road that is about a quarter mile long that is uphill over loose head sized rocks and it’s difficult to get up but if you just lock in you center diff and keep it steady then you will be fine. You do need 4wheel drive for this one but there is a southern trail up the mountain if you turn right at (40.1707832, -111.9350329) on redwood road south of Saratoga springs it is a little rockier but is can make it up with 2wd. Up top here are some aspen groves and a bunch of trails. Have fun.

Absolute murder - take your time on descent as some parts are loose. Very rewarding little peak.

This is a beautiful trail (minus all the horse poop). The signage to the waterfall could be improved! It’s a steep climb but take your time, you will be be rewarded with nature beauty

scenic driving
2 months ago

Awesome trail had a little trouble getting to the top with my ram 1500. If anybody makes it to the top with the larger truck please post a picture of it so that I could drive my truck up there to the top.

So glad I made the hike..... Gorgeous scenery and perfect timing for the sunset!!

Very steep and quite the calf workout. Legendary view and if you go at night, it's great to stargaze while laying on the Y.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome hike! packed my 9month old and a bag with food and my tenkara fly rod. my wife had a little rough time but did great. The water shed has fish! wild brown trout. they loved the shop vac nymph.

I read a lot of reviews on here before doing this hike, and they all said it wasn’t that great, but I wanted to do it anyway. IT WAS SO GREAT!!! Especially mid-October, the colors are so beautiful and vibrant, and I loved being up in the trees. The view is amazing, and though it was a pretty challenging hike, it was waaaaay worth it!

trail running
3 months ago

Amazing views! This is a very steep trail and although the first 1.1 miles to the “Y” is a little underwhelming, the remaining 2.2 miles to the peak was awesome. Beautiful trails, colorful nature, and leg destroying climbing! I will definitely be running this again. Bombing down from the peak was an absolute blast, just make sure to be loud so people can get out of the way, because there is no way you can stop once you pickup some speed.

hiking
3 months ago

The view was a bit disappointing.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike. It’s awesome. The water slide at the end is cool too. Not sure why it’s rated hard though. This is moderate. Don’t be intimidated. It’s pretty trafficked though for sure. One of the best endings though.

hiking
3 months ago

About 2 miles up when you approach the sign that points to the waterfall take a sharp left down onto the smaller trail. We thought it was telling us to go straight so we missed the turn off. Took a little over 2 hours round trip

Spectacular trail with incredible views of snow covered mountains, trees changing colors for fall. My 7 year old and I hiked to the top of Y mountain and she and I were able to enjoy the wonderful weather and views.

hiking
3 months ago

A beautiful, short hike. Lots of flowers, bees, and birds in the late spring and a few small meadows and lookouts. The main overlook is stunning and there is a flat space at the top perfect for a picnic. There is also a meadow half way up where we relaxed and had some snacks. If you turn off the trail occasionally there are some little overlooks along the way.

A great hike for beginners, kids, and those looking to take a short trip into nature.

off road driving
3 months ago

This wasn't a difficult trail. Yes, there are parts where the trail is almost all small boulders you are driving over but a stock 4x4 will have zero problems getting to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful late afternoon hike with fall colors and great views of mountains and valley. Relatively easy and quick hike to summit. Heavily used trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Drove up squaw peak road and started from there which cut out a good chunk of the hike. Ended up being only about 2 miles each way for us, but a brutal two miles. Not the prettiest but definitely worth it!

off road driving
4 months ago

Good trail. I wouldn't rate it a Hard though. Any 4x4 could handle it. Only time I needed 4 wheel drive was towards the top because it got pretty steep with semi-loose rocks. Overall still a really fun trail.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Utah County. I've probably hiked it 20 times. The Horsetail Falls are spectacular but you need to be very careful on the rock. It's incredibly slippery.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great views of Utah Lake from the top. Target shooting allowed. I would recommend a vehicle with 4L because there are some steep hills that I’m sure would be hard on the brakes without. At the top there are some optional hill climbs but still nothing a vehicle with 4L and good tires can’t do.

I started in Saratoga Springs and drove southwest all the way through the mountains to the desert on the other side. Popped out about 8 miles south of Eagle Mountain. Much less traffic on the west side of the mountain.

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