East Canyon State Park is a 680-acre boating and year-round fishing delight nestled in the mountains northeast of Salt Lake City. Although popular with water recreationists, East Canyon is also an attraction for history buffs. Nearby trails mark the steps of the Donner Party and the first Mormon settlers.

We drove out yesterday, April 4th 2017, and all of the signs on the north side of the road say government property. Any trail from the road is gated off and says no trespassing. I don't think this trail is accessible anymore. It's either government or private land now.

Hiked this with scouts from top to bottom with scouts a few years back. Had a car shuttle waiting at the bottom.

Loved this hike. Steep switchbacks to start off, then goes to ridge hiking which eventually leads to a couple meadows. Very relaxing and the scenery/views from top to bottom were enjoyable.

fairly easy terrain after the initial climb - follows the ridgeline & you can go up to Big Mountain summit or continue on the Great Western Trail.

Out for a day of down hill mountain biking with my buddy Ratwaffles. Neither of us are very good on a mountain bike and this trail proved it. We were presented with many trail obstacles and for the most part we over came them. This was a very fund trail to bike down and I am sure it would be just as good hiking as well. Lots of history with this trail, evidence of the past is presented at certain points along the way.

We staged our cars at the top and bottom, and did a downhill bike ride. This was my first single track, and it wasn't a good idea - there are numerous portions where the trail is washed out and you're riding on a very thin ledge, and other parts where you jump your bike over fallen logs. It requires moderate technical ability for mountain bikers, which I did not have at the time.

That being said, I loved the trail itself, and thinking this same trail that I struggled with was used by wagons and handcarts made me stop and think. There are the ruin of a fort near the bottom of the trail if you can find it - it will require some bush whacking up the hill, but it a cool little extra bit of history.