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It's a steep hike that offers really cool views of the Salt Lake Valley. Not one of my favourites as there's no waterfalls, rivers or lakes to look at. It is doable in winter and I enjoyed myself over all, but it is exhausting fighting all that snow and it delays you. Make sure you have more time than you think you need before sunset. It's dangerous with light-hearted sliding down the steep, slick trail.

Just finished this hike. If your looking for a way out of the inversion soup, this is a great little hike to get above it. The trail is hard pack snow, making it a really nice, smooth hike. It’s actually a more comfortable hike than in summer in my opinion. With micro spikes and poles you’ll have zero problems on this trail. Beautiful, sunny warm skies up there above the smog. It’s well worth it!!

Fun Snowshoe! A bit of a grind / slog uphill, but well worth it!

I want to come back and see if anyone else has helped back down the trail in the upper canyon.

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So great for views on a snowy/foggy day! Bring spikes if you’re going to hike it in the winter because the trail is super icy. It’s great for dogs to run around too.

My tip is to treat the trail as an out and back instead of a loop because the second half is basically just a road. When you get to the stream, turn back. Way prettier.

Lots of switchback at the beginning. Gradual climb to Elephant Rock. Trail well packed from heavy used. Didn't need to use snowshoes or chains

hiking
6 days ago

We did this hike today, it’s was absolutely beautiful, sunny day and blue skies above the inversion, the trail is well packed all the way to the top, you need only spikes and maybe poles, we carried butt sleds and it was so much fun on the way down

Did this on 1/11, the path to lower falls is packed and wide, a little icy at parts - microspikes were ideal, but not necessary for this section. Heading uphill after lower falls the path is much less used - snowshoes were pretty necessary, otherwise you'd be sinking 8-12" with each step. I couldn't get much past upper falls without sinking a lot, even with snowshoes, that section is clearly not travelled much in the winter.

Beautiful in the winter. Went up on JAN 10, trail was well packed for most of the route but was a little spotty in the last quarter, no problems just using crampons and poles. All and all took about 4.5 hours.

Best view of SLC I’ve seen.

Great trail! I did it on jan. 6th so plenty of snow. The trail was packed so you dont really need snowshoes but it makes it pretty slippery if you dont have spikes/chains or poles although we managed without either. The snow is up past my knee off the side of the trail so slipping is not advised XD The lakes totally frozen and covered in snow but theres still a beautiful view of the valley

hiking
11 days ago

Did this hike a few days ago, the trail was compacted down for the most part. Wish I had microspikes or trekking poles, but it was still doable without. Definitely do this on a clear day if you can. It was cloudy when I did it, but still gorgeous. Took about 2 and a half hours to get to the top and a little over an hour to get back down.

Great hike! Bring those spikes!

I'm going to re-review this trail when the snow melts. Overall a good hike. I used my micros pikes to about 2.5 miles in. From there you will need snowshoes to keep going. I did find some of the cross country skiers on this trail rude. Others were very nice, just be ready to keep an eye on your back if your on feet. Lots of animal tracks from various mountain creatures found in the snow.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike today, snow was packed hard until the top. Spikes and poles helped a lot. Lake is frozen at the top - didn’t see any moose. 3.5 hours up and down

Great for dogs, great for views.

Just got down. Only spikes used, some areas I wish I had poles but overall doable without, at this time. Thanks to the postholers, everything is mostly compact. Great hike.

Gorgeous views. Loose gravel near the trailhead, two areas where the path (briefly and slightly) narrows closer to the top. We were happy to have Yaktrax and trekking poles.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

We used smaller snowshoes on the way up. They helped with grip a lot. We regretted not just using crampons though. The trail is packed down and we took the snowshoes off and pretty much ran back down. If you do it in the winter I’d make sure to do it on a clear day. Still beautiful views. Bring some trekking poles.

awesome hike, very few people and amazing scenery.

Great hike, breathtaking views

Beautiful hike this morning. Only used spikes. Did some post holing about the last half mile.

So beautiful in the winter. Only 1 spot with a little ice. Perfect winter hike!

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Trail is in great shape for skis and snowshoes.

The 4 stars is for the time we did this hike during the fall. The fall foliage throughout the hike is amazing and you really get the wow effect when you reach the top.
We redid the hike yesterday (December 29th), and everything is covered in a thick layer of snow. Which gives very beautiful views, but not like in the fall and you definitely don’t have the wow effect once you reach the lake.
We had crampons & snowshoes with us. We only needed the snowshoes once we were at the lake to be able to reach a nice pick nick place. The route going up was completely packed, so no snowshoes required, but I would definitely advise to use crampons! It’s not easy nor hard, but it’s a good workout!

Great hike, great views. I would say its even better to do this hike in the winter on a nice day...just really beautiful from top to bottom with the snow. Microspikes are the way to go. If you're not running up or down the trail I would say you could knock this out 2/1/2 - 3 hrs of actual hiking time if you're in moderate shape. If you do run down it takes about 35-45 mins with some stretches of walking.

Lost my GoPro on this hike:( Pretty easy hike though with a beautiful view! Quite a bit of snow when I went up, about a foot now.

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.

Completely covered in snow and ice-definitely need spikes right now. Took me twice as long to go a mile than usual, and as I was losing daylight I had to abort the mission. I'll definitely be returning to finish. Completely gorgeous Winter Wonderland right now.

Trail is packed snow most of the time, wet dirt in many spots. Spikes are very helpful, especially at the steep parts near the top. Snowshoes would be overkill. It was a nice clear day which made for incredible views!

Awesome walk with beautiful views throughout the way. I was expecting more of an ‘Ah’ moment once we reached the top with the lake before our decent.

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