Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

Love this hike. It’s awesome. The water slide at the end is cool too. Not sure why it’s rated hard though. This is moderate. Don’t be intimidated. It’s pretty trafficked though for sure. One of the best endings though.

About 2 miles up when you approach the sign that points to the waterfall take a sharp left down onto the smaller trail. We thought it was telling us to go straight so we missed the turn off. Took a little over 2 hours round trip

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing views and the fall colors were breathtaking. We had an amazing day.

This trail takes you through beautiful pine forest. The view from the top is also nice.

We went to perfect timing with fall leaves and weather. At the top (waterfall) , it can get cold so we were glad we had a good jacket (next time I will bring gloves for my kids hand). Good thing we had a friend who knew exactly where to find the location, it can get little tricky off HWY 89. We started to hike around 3:30pm and were able to catch the sunset by 7pm. It is dog friendly but little kids may need help to go all the way. Even if you don’t go all the way, it is fun to bring family there. I was told every season this hike is different. Probably not in mid summer where it can get really hot (unless hiking in the early morning). Can’t wait to return back again.

Fun hike for our girls. More of a quick walk but we enjoyed climbing up higher onto the falls and the beautiful colors of fall. Nice way to get away from people in a wonderful area.

hiking
17 days ago

It was pretty terrible. The hike was fine, me and my friend got lost a little bit, but nothing serious. The views were great too!! We found the cave just fine. BUT the cave sucks! The ropes that you use to climb up to the cave are SKETCHY!! They were pretty worn and I did not feel safe. When I got the guts to climb up into the cave, it was stupid. It smelled really bad, and there were spiders on the ceiling and it was super spooky.
Me and my friend DO NOT recommend the cave, but we DO recommend the hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful Fall hike. Loved the parts along the creek.

Good hard trail to hike. Beautiful views!

simply awe inspiring!

hiking
22 days ago

Bring a change of socks if you don't want squish foot. This is worth the climb.

The trail is pretty narrow and not too difficult. I think the only thing that makes this a moderate trail would be the elevation change. The trail parking lot doubles as a bus stop for the ski resorts so there were some people just sitting in their cars. This isn’t a problem but as a female that often hikes solo it’s just good to know in advance. There are climbing routes along the trail as well so it wasn’t uncommon to hear people talking before you would see them. It was a good quick hike but not sure I would do it again. Nothing overly impressive about it.

Wonderful hike. A little technical in some places.

In spite of being along the main road a lot of the time, this was a pretty and enjoyable trail! Lots of shade and some sun. Gets really good toward the highest point/furthest in. The river of beautiful and there are a lot of huge rocks. Also, plenty side trails too. The trail continues at the end of this trail, after the bad ass remains of a building, but I didn’t try it...yet!

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked Maple Canyon Left Fork Trail (FS tr #150) on Sept. 23, 2018. First part of trail after crossing foot bridge has impressive cliffs and several popular and heavily used rock climbing spots. Trail continues up the canyon and it's clearly not used often. After first 3/4 mile it was quite overgrown and I was basically pushing through brush on some sections. Went almost to the summit when I came across a big pile of bear scat right on the side of the trail. Decided to turn around. A rain shower hit on my way down and with all the overgrowth being wet I got soaked from about waste down. Beautiful fall colors on maples, scrub oak, and green pines with limited views out of the forest. 90% shade. Moderate inclines the entire route. Pretty hike with the fall colors but better maintained trails are in Maple Canyon and more worth your time (like Arch Trail and Right Fork Trail).

Hiked the arch trail (FS tr #158, Middle Fork Trail) on Sept 22, 2018. One of the most beautiful fall hikes I've ever been on in Utah. Wonderful mix of maples, scrub oak, and evergreens. Lots of varying scenery with mountains, cliffs, forest, and a nice little arch that you can scramble up underneath and climb into a small slot canyon above the arch if you're a little more adventurous and able. Fairly easy and short trail from campground to arch with about 90% shade cover. Heavily used campground with tons of people rock climbing in various spots throughout Maple Canyon, but on this trail on a Saturday afternoon I was surprised that I didn't pass anyone after leaving the campground.
I continued past the arch further up the Middle Fork trail then turned right (north) and followed the FS tr #124 (Right Fork Trail) to head up to the view points on the cliffs and rock formations above the canyon. Well worth it! The views are amazing looking down into the cliffs and forests below. The Right Fork Trail is a Moderate level hike and is overgrown with scrub oak brush in some areas that will scratch the legs - so I would suggest wearing long pants and not shorts if you choose to hike this section. Right Fork trail from where it leaves the Middle Fork trail is about 70% exposed to the sun until you get past the summit and start to descend through the canyon forest again. On the eastern decent of the Right Fork trail there's one spot that has a 5-6 rung ladder that you'll have to climb up/down - so keep that in mind if you have a dog or small kids. Watching some of the rock climbers on the cliffs throughout the area is also a thrill. One of the best overall hikes I've been on. A definite repeat.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked the arch trail (FS tr #158, Middle Fork Trail) on Sept 22, 2018. One of the most beautiful fall hikes I've ever been on in Utah. Wonderful mix of maples, scrub oak, and evergreens. Lots of varying scenery with mountains, cliffs, forest, and a nice little arch that you can scramble up underneath and climb into a small slot canyon above the arch if you're a little more adventurous and able. Fairly easy and short trail from campground to arch with about 90% shade cover. Heavily used campground with tons of people rock climbing in various spots throughout Maple Canyon, but on this trail on a Saturday afternoon I was surprised that I didn't pass anyone after leaving the campground.
I continued past the arch further up the Middle Fork trail then turned right (north) and followed the FS tr #124 (Right Fork Trail) to head up to the view points on the cliffs and rock formations above the canyon. Well worth it! The views are amazing looking down into the cliffs and forests below. The Right Fork Trail is a Moderate level hike and is overgrown with scrub oak brush in some areas that will scratch the legs - so I would suggest wearing long pants and not shorts if you choose to hike this section. Right Fork trail from where it leaves the Middle Fork trail is about 70% exposed to the sun until you get past the summit and start to descend through the canyon forest again. On the eastern decent of the Right Fork trail there's one spot that has a 5-6 rung ladder that you'll have to climb up/down - so keep that in mind if you have a dog or small kids. Watching some of the rock climbers on the cliffs throughout the area is also a thrill. One of the best overall hikes I've been on. A definite repeat.

hiking
23 days ago

amazing trail if you need something to kick your butt. the first little section is a bit awful just because of the dust and switchbacks but once you're past those, it's all beautiful and shady! dogs are free to roam off the leash and mine loves all the water along the way.

its uphill the whole way good times beautiful waterfall. beginners were at that are we there yet about 3/4 way. lolz. so worth it. well worn trail.

It's very steep steep towards the top which can be a challenge. Overall great trail though!

Great hike. Started early morning, we were in the shade mostly the entire way. Dog loved it! About halfway into the hike it’s extremely steep and rocky, multiple ways to go up, not a specific trail outlined but we figured out which way to go. Excellent view at the top, worth it!

Lovely hike to a beautiful waterfall. i enjoyed hiking by the stream and seeing all the beautiful little cascades of water and mini waterfalls. We started early but I can imagine when it is hot the first part would be a beast! The information we read said dogs were welcome if on a leash...I saw lots of dogs and none of them were on a leash! The dog poop along the trail left by inconsiderate dog owners was a real distraction to this beautiful trail! Come on dog owners pick up after your dogs or don't use this trail!

crazy elevation... coming from Phoenix AZ...loved it.

Great hike to a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

This is awesome and was a demanding hike which I will not forget

trail running
1 month ago

Great hike / trail run. 3.9 miles from the Parking lot, 1.5 hours. Good workout

hiking
1 month ago

There are three parts to this hike.
Part 1: Walking up switchbacks on sand (!) with a city view behind you (also Bonneville Shoreline Trail)
Part 2: Very nice hike along Adams Creek in shade on dirt-and-rock path
Part 3: Do-able scramble up large rocks

It is about 2 miles from the parking lot to the falls and took 1 hour. (We are average 20-something Utah transplants and it was a lovely fall morning.) So in total, about 4 miles or 2-2.5 hours. It is incline the whole way in and decline the whole way out.

The reviews here that say 3.4 miles total I believe stopped at the first little waterfall that kind of runs through a couple large boulders. When we got to that, my watch said exactly 1.7 mi. — The others that include pictures at the base of an actual waterfall did the 1/2 mile or so large rock scramble that comes after that initial falls.

Our dog loved this trail. Going in the morning was awesome because it was the perfect temperature before it started getting hot, and the trail was noticeably busier on the way back. Everyone on the trail was super courteous and friendly.

The parking lot is really uneven and rocky, but was very nice to have and more than enough space for the 8am to 10am crowd.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in Utah County. I've probably hiked it 20 times. The Horsetail Falls are spectacular but you need to be very careful on the rock. It's incredibly slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep the way up. Gets to a tree line and then all shade walking by the river. Keep winding up to a horseshoe turn right eventually and you’ll find the waterfall.

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