Looking for a great trail in Mount Loafer State Wildlife Management Area, Utah? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 2 easy trails in Mount Loafer State Wildlife Management Area ranging from 1.7 to 2.8 miles and from 4,963 to 5,157 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


My favorite trail to find some solitude in southern Utah Valley without a lot of driving or climbing. The bowl (which would have been a lagoon in Lake Bonneville days) is geologically interesting. On the way back, I sometimes take the back way up to the cross.

over grown
4 months ago

I went to 2 1/4 miles up this trail yesterday work and actually really enjoyed it. Right after the stairs there are some great views of the valley and autumn foliage on the surrounding mountains. If you don’t like tighter overgrown trails then you won’t like this but I enjoyed it and plan on doing the full trail when I have more time. Didn’t run into a single person and like a previous reviewer said I did see mountain lion scat but no signs of bear.

washed out
7 months ago

it's a pretty hike, and it's shaded most of the way, but the trail is in bad shape. My mom broke her leg on this trail because of the trail.

We thought we were on the Snell Canyon Trail, but I think it is actually called Hidden Oaks Trail. As you can see, we got a bit off course, because we couldn’t find a shoot off that took us along what is showing as the Trail. This trail is a steady incline. You reach a point where there are stairs as you take the switchbacks. After the switchbacks the trail gets a little over grown, but it is very pretty. We would have continued, but tried to find the other trail ... and never did. See Miranda’s review. It seems accurate with the miles to the peak.

This was a beautiful day to hike this trail which I loved to do frequently years ago when we lived in Woodland Hills. It is very green with lots of wildflowers. I was happy to see that green shoots are coming up and there are flowers growing even where there are some burn scars. We hiked on further past the trail along a ridge that took us 2/3 up the front side of Mount Loafer. We got very dirty with soot but had a lot of fun on our adventure. I was also glad to see there is a city access to the trailhead now.

Great shorter hike. Great views!

The city has placed good signage so no access problems. Great place to see the effects of last season's fires. Still plenty of unburned fuel remaining for another fire in the future.

Beautiful hike with amazing sunset views. Pretty steep with some loose dirt and rocks on the trail; wear good shoes. Good trail coverage, definitely hit it during sunset.

great trail up until after the switchbacks with steps. then it gets a bit less maintained and you have to scramble over downed trees. the end of the trail gets kind of confusing and VERY steep. we scrambled about halfway up the steepest portion at the end and couldn’t see a further trail so we just stopped and headed back. definitely would do it again but recommend following hidden oak trail instead even though it’s not well maintained

started raining. going to come back another day.

8 months ago

The city now has access rights to the trailhead. Access the trail by following the dirt road off Deep Forest up to the water tanks. From near the top of the dirt road the trailhead starts off to the right as it winds down through an old avalanche site to the edge of the woods were the trail enters the forest and the Switchbacks begin. Great "workout" hike.

This trail requires access through private property & should be removed from All Trails. especially with the recent f ou re making it highly illegal to access

Beautiful in the fall! Not too hard, though it is a steady climb the whole way. Rocky path too. We loved loved this hike. New favorite.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Several trails that can make you very confused on which to take. Once you're on the right path, it's a nice hike that is mostly shaded. Nice view of the valley when you get up higher.

over grown
Fri Aug 03 2018

A great hike to a wonderful view! The staircase-switchback in the middle is terrible, and should be completely redesigned (alas, eagle projects). Between the saddle at the top, and the nearby saddle to Water Canyon, the trail practically disappears. Let's hope DNR approves this as an official trail and it can be finished. The route as shown with the turn up the side of the canyon is WRONG. Just continue up the bottom of the canyon all the way to its end. From the top of the canyon, we tried to go follow the ridge (northeast) to the peak overlooking the cross. Bad idea--2 hours of bushwhacking for a mediocre view through the trees.

I hiked this yesterday in the late afternoon. Great hike on a hot summer day since it is mostly shaded and secluded between mountain peaks. Like Miranda Anderson's comment, this is locally known as Hidden Oaks Trail and has mile markers at every 1/4 mile indicating as such. It's a nature hike (no scenic peaks or high vistas) of a more moderate level, if only for a few very steep climbs with loose terrain and rocks and areas of dense undergrowth making the trail harder to see and navigate. There are lots of bees and other stinging insects due to large sections of wild raspberry bushes and other flowering plants, so be extra aware if you're allergic.

This trail is called HIDDEN OAK TRAIL. It is in fact 3.2 miles to the peak. It is Moderate level, as it is very steep and you have to scramble up some parts. The trail is heavily wooded with a lot of ground cover, blue bells, a few pines and at the top, quakies. The trail is not well used nor taken care of. There were signs on bear and cougars in the area (i.e. fresh deer kills, scat, etc.). There is a pretty view around 1 mile that you can look back and see the reservoir and the valley, but if you keep going to the peak you cannot see back to that valley but to the other side where there are rolling mountains and highway 6, not much of a gorgeous view but worth the effort of going once. The first mile is very steep and someone has put in wood/dirt steps on the most steep parts. The second mile is less steep but you are hiking through the ravine but even in spring there isn’t much water run off. There are trail markers every 1/4 mile so you know how far you’ve traveled. Decent trip, but I wouldn’t suggest doing it more than once.

If you like buck brush this is it! Then you have to listen to the gun range☹️

People have bought out property at the trail head and want to make it so no one can hike it so be careful

The access trailhead is now private property snd has "no trespassing signs."

Not exactly easy. Pretty steep for the kids with some drops on the edge of the trail.

I'm not sure where the track on the map goes to as it shows stopping 2/3 of the way up the ridge. The trail I followed was up the bottom of the drainage and I followed it to about the 7200 foot level and couldn't take any more. Nothing to look at but dense forest, which is fine but I prefer trails that have better views. Maybe if I had continued on to gain the ridge above the road to the tower it might have been worth the effort. The trail is well shaded in the summer so it is a decent place to get some exercise on a hot day.

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