Explore the most popular birding trails in Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail was nice and dry on 3/22! Great views of the valley. Pretty steep in some places but really nice trail.

Overall amazing hike with great views of the valley as well as the Great Salt Lake. Gradual incline all the way to the top makes for a great not over strenuous exercise. Makes for an amazing sunset hike. At the top there is a beacon tower that makes the hike even more enjoyable and rewarding. Bring plenty of water and some trail snacks and this is an amazing hike.

Great trail. Easy to navigate, great parking, beautiful scenery. Can’t wait to go back.

“Just keep going. You’re almost there” is the only advice you should tell yourself as you keep going up.

3 days ago

Super fun to go to living room then straight up that face, over the ridgeline to Mt. Wire then back down from the saddle.

Fun quick hike located near work. Excellent views of the Salt Lake Valley!

A little more than we expected as novice hikers but w that said we made it to the top w our 2 dogs. The workout up was WELL WORTH IT- AMAZING!
Of course coming down is easier and quicker. It can be easy to get lost, fellow hikers are more than willing to steer you onto the right path! Tonight we are all going to sleep well

I used to hike this from the prominent south ridge as training for the Grand Teton. I’d hike it everyday, 20 minutes up and a little less down. I might add that I was mostly running or moving very fast. It was a great hike. I used to climb the beacon just for the extra 30’ of view. It’s too bad the microwave reflectors aren’t up ther anymore.

Great hike. Great views. Alternate trails make it easy to get lost if you don't know where to go. Eventually they all get where you want to go.

Beautiful hike! Would definitely recommend going in the spring when wild flowers cover the mountain side!

amazing view. lots of people

Great trail, there is a decent amount of shade, but would be better as a morning or evening hike. Did see a rattler so watch out.

Decent hike with a good view of the city! the chairs made of rock are pretty interesting.

Started at the entry sign, just went straight up randomly to reach “the couch.” Went straight down from there as I saw a trail along the ridge below. Pretty treacherous but worth getting off the beaten path!

Snakes! And dog poop. But great family hike!

Tough steep hike that isn’t too long with fantastic views of the whole valley.

Steep, no shade, walking in a riverbed most of the time. Well worth the trip. Great view.

26 days ago

Fun short sort of steep hike that gradually gets steeper. Pretty easy hike with amazing views but heavily trafficked

It was a good hike, I'm not in the best shape (working on it!) so it was fairly hard. Just a warning, it is steep and there is no shade. But it's for sure worth it, and I will be doing this hike again.

29 days ago

This was harder than we were expecting. Great for our puppies though! We should’ve brought more water and sunscreen. It was pretty crowded the day we went last Sunday 4/22 around noon. The trail was steep and narrow in spots and not a lot of shade. Great views but crowded at the top so we didn’t stay long before goin back down. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and expect crowds on the weekends.

Went on Sunday 4/22. Beautiful spring day. Went around noon and was pretty heavily trafficked. Don’t take the steep comments lightly. If you don’t hike often, and like to eat ice cream, the hike up will be a struggle. And there’s not a lot of room on the sides of the trail to catch your breath. Didn’t make it to the top but made it to a nice plateau, over halfway up, that overlooked the valley. Plan on returning soon :)

short and sweet. take water for the dogs. great view at the couches

For me, this was a hard hike! The whole trail is in full sunlight and it's on an incline that can be steep. Bring plenty of water, a hat, and sunscreen! The view at the top is beautiful and makes the hike well worth it!

Loved the trail. Its pretty crowded though.

1 month ago

There are a lot of trails in this area and it wasn't well marked. It was a busy trail, though, so we just watched to see where everyone was going. It can get a little crowded up there, so be patient if you want to try out a particular piece of "furniture". The view is spectacular.

Nice short hike and conveniently accessible from University

1 month ago

We hiked the reverse route (ccw, south face ascent). Steep, with loose gravel, and completely exposed. Would rate it as difficult. North side had more coverage and better traction. Tower at the top was open and we were able to climb for an extra special view! Would recommend traditional ascent (cw: via north path).

Moderate Hike with awesome view!!!

1 month ago

Pretty slippery at some parts. No shade. Nice sunset view of the city

1 month ago

Great morning hike. Pretty heavy foot traffic until you pass The Living Room. After that the trail narrows and gets muddy. The view at the top is well worth checking out.

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