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Birch Canyon Road Trail

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Smithfield, Utah

Birch Canyon Road Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Smithfield, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,269 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

We parked part way up the road until we couldn’t get through the gate. It wasn’t muddy at all and it was a great hike through the canyon! We ran back down after. Great hike

hiking
no shade
over grown
10 months ago

Not super impressed by this trail and ran into “cattle” and by “cattle” I mean a long horned bull that scared the crap out of me. Also there’s very tall grass over the trail and I was definitely concerned about snakes that you couldn’t see. Not much shade at all. It was mostly an ATV/Bike trail. There were a few pretty spots with the river and I can’t knock the fact that you get a beautiful view of the valley. I think I was only grateful I did this trail to get a running workout.

mountain biking
bridge out
private property
10 months ago

Very cool down hill trail with a decent climb, if you start from the road below be warned that you start on private property, the BLM removed the bridges over the river so now to cross the river in 4/5 places you have to either ride through the river or walk through it. Some parts of the river are not passable on a bike and must be walked. Beware of cattle on trail or access road. The trail it’s self is fun and if it had the bridges or didn’t start in private property I would give it a better score.

hiking
Sun Jun 23 2019

BLM has taken out some bridges on this trail. it may not be accessable to hikers anymore

hiking
Fri Jul 20 2018

Really fun trail, enjoyed the drive up to the trailhead

Sat Jun 16 2018

I love this trail. We’ve hiked it multiple times with my kiddos (4 of them ages 18 mos-8 years). They don’t always make it to the top. There is a creek crossing that’s fun for them. I’ve also done some trail running on this trail. There’s a long dirt road (that goes through two cattle gates) before you get to the actual trail head. Gorgeous scenery! Lovely smells! Pretty easy trail.

mountain biking
Sat Sep 02 2017

Great my mountain biking! It makes a difference when a biker makes a trail... this one is. The trail flows really well with some added features to hit. I don't feel like I'm just bombing down because it weaves enough that it's a silky smooth ride. It is a bit hard to find though so be aware of that. (Ps there is a cul-de-sac south of the dirt road (not connected to the main access road) that has single track leading up to the road that's fun. Much better than driving halfway up and unlocking gates.)

running
Tue Jul 25 2017

Honestly, the place isn't that hard to find. You can drive up the dirt road and park near the entrance of the National Forest. Or you can park at Mack Park and just walk/bike/run up the road which never hurt anybody. The river is beautiful and it made for an awesome trail run.

Mon Jun 12 2017

This trail sucks.

Wed Jun 07 2017

The directions on here are poor at best. It took me an hour of driving around just to find the trail head and then I had to park way far away because the dirt road before the trailhead is private property and you can't park there. The single track is short and not worth the hassle.

Sun Jun 04 2017

What a pain getting to this trail. Hard to find. After going on a dirt road for 3 miles with ruts a foot deep, having to open multiple gates, that's it for me. After parking, the trail is 2.5 miles to the top. We saw a few rattle snakes and a blow snake (I hate snakes). The river winds down through the canyon and the trail crosses it 10 times. The river is freakin cold and is sometimes 20 feet wide and up to 2 feet deep. My shoes were full of little rocks from crossing the river so many times and I couldn't feel them because my feet were so cold and numb. Bring plenty of bug spray. I got so many mosquito bites. It is pretty but not worth it.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Take my advice and don't waste your time on this trail. Dusty, deep water to cross, hard to find, and horseflies everywhere, it was miserable. The land owner also yelled obscenities at me for parking on the side of the road on his property I guess. I won't be going back.

Sat Jun 03 2017

Don't let forest service catch you up this. They will give you a fine. It's wilderness and illegal to bike it. Not worth the drive to hike it either. Too many rattlesnakes.

Sat Jun 03 2017

This trail doesn't even deserve a 1 star. Every time I go I see a rattlesnake or 2 in the middle of the trail and the last time I went alone I saw the biggest rattler I've ever seen, almost bit my dogs. I also saw a cougar! Kinda cool actually but scary too. Not only that but a herd of 3 dozen Texas longhorns just roam the trail free and won't move for you, in fact one charged at me protecting a calf. The trail is terrible, tons of boulders, deep water, and overgrown. Access is a pain also. Green canyon and providence canyon trails are so much better.

mountain biking
Sun Jul 03 2016

Kudos to whoever added the single track. First time up there but very impressed. Watch out for Texas Longhorns!

mountain biking
Mon May 16 2016

It begins as a dirt road that goes several miles and through several gates. On a mountain bike, and as a novice, it was hard but I peddled the whole way. After you get beyond the forest service gate, the road continues and is follow able all the way to the end. Once beyond the gate, however, many people have been putting in work to add a single track mountain bike trail that weaves in and out of the trees and criss-crosses the road several times. The whole trip transitions from open in to very wooded and covered. There are several stream crossings, some with bridges others not so if you are walking or biking, you will get wet. There were several parts where I had to get off and walk my bike, but I am an amateur with a cheap bike. It ends at a forest service site of some type, but I was in a hurry to get back so I did not take much time to take in the scenery at the end. The downhill on the way back, I followed the road all the way as opposed to the single track, and while a bit bumpy, I made it out in good time and made the climb worth it.

mountain biking
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ohv/off road driving
11 days ago

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running
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
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recorded Birch Canyon Road Trail

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