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you can tell this is not one of the more hiked trails. a lot of over growth still nice trail.

hiking
2 days ago

If you go soon after this is posted, BEWARE and read on.
Great hike, especially for kids. One problem. We went yesterday, hiked up to the pond. We walked around the pond, which it seems like few do. The little trail is somewhat overgrown. We stumbled onto a ground nest of hornets right in the middle of the trail and they swarmed. Whole family got stung several times. As you walk up to the pond, the nest is along the right side (west). If you stay on the other side, I'm sure you'll be fine. It wasn't until we walked right up on it that we had trouble. They chased us for several hundred yards back down the trail. We passed a couple that was heading up, told them about it and they decided to go up anyway and got stung as well. Otherwise, this was a great hike — perfect for young children. Not too far, not too strenuous. Just right. That being said, I don't think I'll be able to get the kids to come back to it. Good story for them to tell though. Builds character.

off road driving
2 days ago

Went up Saturday morning in my 2018 Tacoma off road.
Stock no mods, all weather tires, literally got it two days ago.
Trail was well maintained. We were behind an explorer that couldn’t make it up half way. .
Lots of hikers on the trail.
Definitely a fun trip.
Upper lake was beautiful.

off road driving
2 days ago

Gorgeous lakes. My brother and I drove up to Upper Sardine. People say it’s a gnarly road up, and while Subarus won’t make it up, my mild Toyota made it up without a single scratch. I highly, highly, recommend camping at Upper Sardine... We had it to ourselves and could see the PACKED campsite at Lower Sardine from where we set up camp.

We hiked to Sierra Buttes Lookout from Upper Sardine. What an incredible hike! Highly recommend it!

One of my favorites.

Muy bueno para empezar senderismo

walking
5 days ago

nice easy shaded trail for a quick getaway.

My knees may never forgive me for this one. I mean, they still aren't talking to me...

Park right near the trailhead on 27th Street, we entered the trail through the left (north) gate. Note there are signs on the street that say no night parking (10 pm - 6 am).

The trail is clearly marked as you begin to head up. Just follow signs for Upper Taylor Canyon. I read on these comments to stay left, so here's exactly what happens when you do: ^_^ Keep following the trail as marked. The first place we got confused was when it looked like there might be a fork, but wasn't. (It looks like you could maybe continue straight, but that trails peters out.) There's a long skinny log to kind of prevent you from going straight, but it runs in the same direction as that non-trail, so that was a little confusing. You'll actually take a right over a wide, dry (Aug. 7, 2018) creek bed and follow up the trail here. You won't see water anywhere at this point (though small streams are in other areas). The first fork, take a left. You'll walk over rocks on a small creek with water (shoes don't get wet.) Hornets are out by the water! Don't worry, just walk calmly past them over the rocks. They won't bother you. Keep a'goin and there will be another fork. We stayed left again. You'll eventually come out into sun, but keep climbing and you'll find shaded areas again. There *IS* a destination here! We kept going, over a couple of rockways, into a skinny trail in the trees that narrows but is fun. There are some steep parts. You'll know you've "made it" when the trail opens to a tree surrounded by flat rock and several mounds of rocks as well. From here you'll get a great view of the valley below. We took about 2 hrs up, plus a 30 min lunch break along the trail. About 1.5 hrs back. Total time, 4 hrs.

But... beware!!!! If you have slight knee trouble going downhill, do not -- I repeat: DO NOT -- do this trail. Or at least, maybe don't go past that last fork. It took us so long to get back down because the descent was so steady (which was awesome going up, but a terror going down) and it hurt my *ahem, not even 30 yr old* knees like crazy. Also... you know that feeling when your toes shove into the front of your shoe because the hill is too steep?? Eesh! That too.

The trail itself is awesome! (4 stars here!) It's mostly shaded, it's not busy, you feel like you're right in nature and not on any man-made trail.... I'm glad we got to experience this. But oof. Personally, I wouldn't do this again just because the downhill was so brutal. (Knocked down to 3 stars.) I recommend trying it, especially if your knees are young and spry! :D It's pretty out here.

I've been hiking this trail for years and i love it.

Beautiful hike for the family. No restrooms but there is a nice pond at the picnic area. Only a couple miles away from the Snowbasin Resort!

My favorite so far! Very nice!

The trail is well marked easy hike however beware of the wasps that hang out by the pond!!

Great trail- narrow in spots- watch for mountain bikers who are coming down- most are careful but i have had some close calls in narrow bends with mnt bikers- yesterday was almost hit by one who came around a blind curve speeding down the trail- they should consider a bell

hiking
24 days ago

Went early there were a bunch of family’s at the lower lakes but if ya hike up the 4 wheel rd and hang a left around the lake there’s great swimming spots with a good Mt. backdrop.

hiking
25 days ago

Great views and nature, not too crowded so that is always a bonus.

I definitely recommend following peoples advice on previous comments as far as which path to take when a trail forks. I did my best to follow the map that is on the app but once I stop looking at it I did end up having to turn around and get re-oriented onto the path with the app map. Did not see any snakes. Saw lots of lizards, squirrels, and even a hummingbird. Tons of butterflies and flying creatures… Did not get stung by anything but I was moving pretty quickly which I think is key. On the map I did reach a grotto but higher up above the map THE grotto was pinned which I didn’t make it up that far, maybe next time. It is definitely hot so bring lots of water and sunscreen and maybe even a snack. I would not recommend bringing children due to the narrow path on steep hills, the slanted incline is very difficult to keep your traction plus some of the edges are very loose. Water level was pretty low so the water wasn’t pouring very fast or heavy but still beautiful and worth it

Great hike. A little worn and overgrown in spots, but awesome nonetheless. Probably better during the early summer though ;) Would recommend.

Quick, beautiful trail. You can drive right up to it on the Bonneville Shoreline if you have a higher clearance vehicle. A little overgrown near the top. The Grotto is gorgeous, this should be more popular, but it is a little tough near the top. Directions are key. It’s easy to take the wrong side trail. At the entrance to the creek be sure to take the trail on the north side (marked as steed creek trail) then once you cross the creek on a wooden plank, stay left and the canyon takes you right to the grotto. I’ve done some of the more intense hikes in Utah, but I would still say this is a tougher moderate hike. Not great for the typical kid and you do gain a lot of elevation on unsteady and steep inclines. Quick hike. You’ll love it.

This was such a nice hike on a hot evening. The first half mile or so is on the road in the sun, but then it is shaded and the grotto is nice and cool with the waterfalls. Follow the tips and make sure you go up at the “steed creek trail” sign. I think moderate is a good rating for this hike. I loved it!

Definitely a lot of uphill especially the first 2 miles but overall a good trail run!!

on Lagoon Trail

1 month ago

Great family walking trail that we've been using for years. Wide and paved, can be used for strollers and bikes. Added bonus, passes by a section of the Lagoon zoo. Wild berries and fruit trees along the way. A couple of bridges over a stream with no water access. Great place for a photo shoot.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and some awesome views. I would say the hike is right on with moderate and the creek at the end is ice cold so nice to put your feet in before you head back.

Good if you want something easy for small children. Well shaded and short.

Great shaded hike. Kid friendly and easy for all.

This was a beautiful trail. We had 5 kids ages 5-10 and our dog with us, they all handled it beautifully. Everyone wanted lots of water on the way up. The trail is nicely shaded the majority of the time. Cons: the amount of dog poop on this trail is ridiculous, why the heck can’t people just pick up their dog’s poop?! Pretty soon dogs won’t be allowed in such beautiful places. Not cool.

Awesome hike. It's a pretty narrow dirt trail the whole way, surrounded by green (in the summer at least). You're up a slight steady incline, then it flattens out, then down back to the reservoir. Same going back. There's a section in the middle that opens up into a desert wildflower field. Overall, great hike!

backpacking
1 month ago

I spent the night here and had a good time. The river is beautiful and it would be cool to record with a drone. Lots of kayaks here. The parking is horrible on the weekend. The cops had a checkpoint at the entrance and were searching cars.

nature trips
1 month ago

I took my 5 and 2 year old on this little hike and they loved it. We even did the loop a couple times. We have gone back and I’m sure we will again. Great for younger kids!

This was a really pretty trail, however it is not well marked. In order to actually see the pond, you need to go to the “Picnic Area”. There, you will see a nice view of the pond. If you go past that sign, you won’t really see the pond. It does lead to the ski trails which were pretty neat.

Beautiful but lots of bikes. I almost got hit by one.

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