Broads Fork Trail

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Broads Fork Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2047 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Please Note: No dogs allowed. This lake is part of the protected Big Cottonwood Canyon watershed, so swimming in any lake or river is prohibited. This is a beautiful, steep trail following a raging creek in the spring. It has relatively little traffic, and lots of shade relative to many Salt Lake hikes. The trail ends near a pond in a high valley.

3 days ago

Hard but worth every step. The view at the top was breathtaking!

6 days ago

This took us about an hour to walk up and 30 minutes to run down. Lots of great shade with a beautiful view at the top.

7 days ago

Great trail. Striking views. Not what I expected at all. 10/10 must do again.

hiking
8 days ago

Parking was beyond overflowing, but as luck would have it, most people were hiking Lake Blanch. There was very light traffic on Broad Fork. Trail is easy to follow. A little overgrown in a few places so pants and long sleeves were helpful. Also, with a gentle breeze, it was still a bit chilly. Trail follows stream for a while and while steep, it was still completely doable for this couple of old broads. Poles were helpful. A few short areas had the dreaded boulders to step up. There was quite a bit of shade. The view at the top is breathtaking.
My iPhone said it was a 6 mile hike-and 147 floors!
We both agreed that we would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
8 days ago

Made it to the saddle below the peaks, my body gave out after the trek through the snow. highest point was 10,855. Time to exercise more to be able to make to the top!!

9 days ago

Good hike and fairly steep. Parking at the S turn gets very crowded!

11 days ago

Great hike! If you are looking to summit twin peaks through this route, as of right now, the run off is very high making it difficult to cross the river and after the river crossing the trail dies out in the snow maybe .75 miles after the river.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike - did mid morning to avoid the heat. Saw a few snakes in the trail towards the top. It was an easy hike until the bridge and then I noticed some consistent increase in the steepness of the trail. I wouldn't consider this hike "hard" since it is pretty short. It took me an hour and ten minutes to get to the top and about 40 minutes to get down.

hiking
24 days ago

Just completed this hike last night. Absolutely beautiful views and there is still some snow up on the peaks. The water run off sounds awesome and provides some great views too. This hike is all up-hill with little to no flat for recovery but well worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful bike - all up hill -long trail. Not a leisurely walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area. Loved the hike!

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Did it 2 days ago. We only had hiking boots. Micro spikes would have been helpful. At the time, nobody had reached the bridge in the meadows so it was very deep and unable to cross in just boots.

hiking
2 months ago

Went all the way to the base of the twin peaks with just spikes. Trail is well packed all the way to the meadow. Could make it to the bridge without spikes but any further you’d want/need them for safety. Once to the meadow and beyond it was pretty soft in some sections. Snowshoes would definitely be helpful but not completely necessary. It was a gorgeous hike.

3 months ago

There was enough snow in the upper vale to make carrying the snow shoes worthwhile, crisscrossing over shallow streams and amongst the smothered boulders. Lots of little trees and awe inspiring views, from the spectacular ice falls to the crown of jagged peaks, and all the majesty of royal blue against the wintry white, black cliffs, evergreens, pussy willows, and rusty escarpments. A glorious morn!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Good snow as mentioned the trail is well packed and snowshoes are only necessary until you get close to the top. If you keep going past where everyone stops you are rewarded with fresh knee deep powder. At least until it gets tracked out

4 months ago

Hiked 90% in just snow boots, but should have put my snowshoes on earlier near the top. Started sinking and sliding a lot. First time in the snow for me - Much harder in the deep snow than on summer dirt. So beautiful at the bowls and pond!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike today, needed micro spikes after the bridge for the rest of the way up it was a bit icy. Towards the top the snow gets a little thicker, just stay on the trail it’s pretty well packed. All and all great work out about a med-hard steep but manageable.

4 months ago

This is a beautuful trail. It's steep most of the way, there are no switch backs. It's about 5 mike's round trip. You need microspikes at this time, the snow is nicely packed with some slippery areas. I'd say it's a little tougher than moderate not too crazy hard because it's not super long.

4 months ago

Hiked on 1/27/18 without snowshoes, should have had them for the last 1/4 mile, I started post-hole-ing with my boots. It was rough, but still fun. Great hike! 2:12:00 round trip. Def gonna hike it again in the spring. It’s was med-hard (in snow) the 2nd half, but doable. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

A trail with a strong climb, many sleepery points but the end is very cool! I recommend!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike to the bowl up Broads Fork today. The Bowl is the destination point for this AllTrails description of Broads Fork. Snow was gently packed entire trail, took three of us 1.5 hours to reach the bowl near the beaver dam. Didn't see any moose today. Beautiful hike, clear and sunny. Only saw 3-4 other groups of hikers.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Even when all the leaves have fallen and things have died off right before winter, it is still breathtaking. Great hike if you are looking for solitude. Only saw three people the entire time.

7 months ago

Just did this hike for a second time. We heard a moose in the same area mentioned below. Be very cautious through those flat areas. We ended up going past the stream/small lakes in the bowl up to the right through the scree field. Small cairns guiding part way. Props to the people below who mentioned the yaktracks. We brought ours. My friend made it all the way up the saddle. I sat happily on the side of the steep incline about 3/4 of the way up that incline. Difficult/technical hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful, barely-trafficked trail! Def a steep one as others have mentioned, but not too bad. There was some icy snow toward the top, so we brought our yaktracks and put them on half-way through. Warning: we were the first up the trail and we awoke a group of 3 moose (2 bulls and 1 cow)- who were sleeping RIGHT by the trail (About 1.5 miles up). We almost had to stop and not go up to the top, but then 2 more humans came up the trail and so with 4 of us- we mustered the courage to go past them. Awesome experience- but slightly scary! Just stay moose-aware!

birding
8 months ago

Great birding up in this area! The trailhead is in the corner of a busy parking lot but I see very few people on the trail every time I go. There's a fair amount of wildlife other than birds that's exciting to run into as well (moose and some pika towards the top in the rocky areas). I would highly recommend this trail! ❤️

8 months ago

It's only straight uphill until you get to the top. Plus there is at least 50 yards of a reasonable, level section to give you a one minute reprieve. Beautiful, beautiful terrain and views, though. Great hike if you are up for some exercise.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent hike. Some snow at the top today, but only in shady places. Beautiful view of Twin Peaks covered in snow. Trail somewhat covered by bushes/branches near the pond, but findable. Did not pass any other hikers.

9 months ago

very steep, but worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Straight uphill!

10 months ago

It doesn't get much better than this: a cardio workout, stunning views, various forests, a water fall, and fields of flowers. All within a short drive of downtown.

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