Explore the most popular trail running 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.

way fun ! still goes in the hot summer sun but it's pretty exposed

Steep and short hike - but an amazing view! I hiked this last week and a rattlesnake was on the trail and definitely rattled at me. Be alert. The trail is heavily trafficked but the snakes are there. I would rate it as easy- moderate. It’s steep (800 foot gain) in about a mile, but easy to stop and rest on the way.

9 days ago

It was not as super easy as people make it out to be. It was a great hike and the view at the top was gorgeous. We heard snakes but never saw any. We went around 9 am.

on The Living Room Trail

10 days ago

Good view of the valley. Lots of people. Okay views on the way up.

10 days ago

Super easy trail. Quick little trip suitable for tourists and people with children. Impossible to get lost on unless you can’t tell the difference between a well walked trail and a tiny split off. In which case, don’t hike haha. Ensign peak view is better.

It was a fun hike! Bring a jacket because the top is pretty cold, but overall a really pretty view to get to!

10 days ago

Renaming this trail RattleSnake Room! Watched my fiancé singlehandedly fight off 6 rattlesnakes while holding our newborn as we marched up the trail to the top of the living room.

10 days ago

Narrow trail and condensed with hikers. Super easy to navigate, its steep and challenging but in a good way. The views are amazing at the top! Depending on the time of year, the top can be windy & cold so bring some layers.

it's been way too long since having a good hike. so glad I did this.

We started this hike around 7:15pm. After hiking for about 40-50 minutes in what seemed like deadly heat we made it to the top. We sat and watched the sunset for 30 minutes and it was absolutely stunning!! The sunset set was really what made it worth it. There is also a smallish patch of wildflowers near the top that were very beautiful. Other than that it was slightly barren/boring for the first 35 minutes of the hike. I definitely recommend it

I did this a few days ago and the climb up Mount Van Cott was beautiful. Even the ridge past Van Cott was fun and had an established trail to follow. However once it was time to begin the loop back down Dry Creek the trail became very narrow and hard follow. Most difficult of all was that it led to a field of stinging nettle. For this time of season, it may be best to wait for the vegetation to be less overgrown.

We made this climb today intending on going to the Living Room. OOoops! My daughters (ages 10, 13, 15, and 17) all enjoyed the scenic views and wildflowers. Fortunately we had plenty of water and sunscreen to help us with our extra (unplanned) time on the mountain. There is little cover for the majority of the hike, so mornings might be more pleasant. We started our hike at about 11am. It took my crew 3.5 hours from start to finish--we spent some time at the top--so it is a longer hike when traveling with kids. We heard a rattler, so watch your step!

Too crowded up to living room was great thru rest of acsent to tower. Very nice views.


I think I underestimated how much of a workout this trail would be! I really enjoyed it. The trail is pretty narrow at parts, and because this is a fairly popular hike, it made passing people a little difficult. It definitely didn’t feel crowded, though. It’s a pretty steady incline the whole way up, and there’s a pretty significant rise in elevation. The views at the top are unbeatable, so don’t quit halfway up!

Great views. Climbed this trail and made it a loop by returning directly south then the Bonneville shorline trail

The trail was pretty narrow, so I didn’t like that part. It was a crazy good workout going up and then felt like we raced down! If I did it again, I wouldn’t do it on an 80 degree day. The view was gorgeous and there are some wildflowers out.

This was one amazing hike! You are very exposed during the majority of the hike so be sure to wear a cap. You’re going to have to work during the hike up to the peak of Mt Van Cott but it will be well worth it once you reach the top! There were a lot of wildflowers growing near the top which is great for pictures. The descent is slightly challenging with a lot of loose rocks so take it slow. Be sure to follow the trail according to the map since it’s very easy to get turned around and accidentally follow other hiker’s “desire paths.” There is another climb behind the red butte gardens so be prepared once you hit the stream. It was a relatively isolated trail for a Saturday afternoon since we didn’t see any hikers until we reached the stream around mile 4. I’m very surprised this trail isn’t as popular and that it received some poor reviews. I would definitely recommend!

A fun little challenge with a huge payoff! The view from the "living room" was awesome. The trail itself is pretty steep, I'll admit I took a break once or twice, (it was the first hike of the year guys, don't judge me) but so so worth it! Super fun and would highly recommend. Don't forget the sunscreen, the trail is pretty exposed, and bring a good amount of water. I drank my whole water bottle on the way up and paid for it going back down.

Great hike! Hiked tonight for a sunset, so beautiful. Plenty of shade, nice and short. It is confusing with a few forks in the path but all the other hikers were helpful. I would recommend going when it is dry outside, some spots may be tricky if it is slippery.

Beautiful trail- It is well shaded during the beginning. Expect some steep climbing towards the end of the trail. The views at the top are well worth it!

Nice loop hike. great view of the Salt Lake valley to the West. Red Butte canyon to the Northeast and tops of the Wasatch Mountain to the Southeast. Steady climb

The wildflowers are beautiful this time of year, and everything is green and beautiful. This trail shares the beginning part of the route with The Living Room Trail and a section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, so that part had a lot of traffic.
The trail is listed as "lightly trafficked" but there were quite a few people. It may be because it was the first Saturday of the season that was really nice out, but I was hoping for a bit more solitude.
There is virtually no shade for much of the trail so make sure you bring water and suncreen.

Awesome and quick hike. View of the city is awesome.

Steep hike! Uphill all the way up. Just keep going though, and you will make it. Watch your step along the way, unfortunately lots of irresponsible dog owners not picking up after their dogs.. views are amazing and the "living room" area is awesome. Well worth the workout. #LegDay

23 days ago

It was my last day in SLC and I wanted to get a quick hike in. Wow, this was a burner! You climb from 5000 ft elevation to 6000 ft elevation in the span of a little over a mile. I was wondering why it was called the living room, but when you get to the top it makes sense. There’s an arrangement of rocks at the top where you can sit down and enjoy the view.

I’m not used to hiking in elevation (from the Bay Area), so I was feeling it. But I managed to make the ascent in a little over 21 minutes, which surprisingly was enough for the course record on Strava. I’m sure that won’t hold up for long, but it was cool for the moment.

Busy, small trail. Beautiful view. Slippery coming down.

25 days ago

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.

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