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Broads Fork Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 2,109 ft Route type Out & Back

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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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.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Salt Lake City: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.3 miles up toMill B South Fork trailhead, just before the S curve. Trail begins at west end of picnicground at trailhead sign.

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Jaymie Christensen
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Hiking

8/7/2020 Steady incline with a few flat parts to reset breathing. Part shade and part sun at 1:30pm start time. Forest setting. Some pretty views from the trail end. I’ve done this in the Fall as well and I think the trail is prettier in the Fall

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Tamara Hass
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HikingGreat!

8am start time on weekday. Ran in to 3 groups on the way up and 3 on the way down. Trail was very shaded which was nice. About two thirds of the way up there were two moose sitting on the trail. They didn't seem to want to leave and we didn't want to test them. So turned back. So can't speak to the full trail but the first two thirds was very nice. Am in good shape and def worked up a sweat. Not being able to complete it knocks it down to 4 stars :-)

Jeff Noyce
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Hiking

Woot woot!

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Kristina Louise
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Hiking

Don't follow my route! We lost the trail coming up the final ascent.

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Fangfei Lan
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HikingGreat!

The trail had beautiful view towards the end. It is quite steep and quite difficult even if it's not too long. So being lots of water! I really liked that the trail is not crowded like Lake Blanche. I went at 4 pm on a Sunday and only saw 4 people.

L Dan Crane
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L Dan Crane
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L Dan Crane
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L Dan Crane
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Kelly Wiles
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Hiking

The trail is well kept and not too busy but it is difficult. Through the first part I just thought that it was comparable to some other moderate rated hikes in the area but by the end the steepness becomes a little incessant. And the little stones on the trail make coming down slippery. The view at the top is nice but I wouldn’t say that it is the best in the area. The trail is nicely shaded though and much cooler than many other hikes nearby.

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Kristina Ellis
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This is a pretty hike that is unrelentingly steep. It shares a trailhead with Blanche but is far less crowded. We went on a Wednesday at 10:30 am and encountered only five people. The wildflowers are on their way out, but there are still plenty to see. I chose 4/5 stars because the end of the trail is underwhelming. No water fall or peak, just a bowl with nice panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Ray LeBaron
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HikingRocky

I'm a little surprised to read people say this is their favorite trail. It's rocky almost the entire way, quite steep with little relief, and the scenery is a narrow trail with trees and basic flowers almost the entire way. Yes, it's nice at the top, but the flowers are mostly gone now so it's just the views to see. It's just so far up with not much to stop and see. I would only do this at peak flower, or fall seasons.

Joshua Mierly
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Hiking

Coming from the Palm Springs area, the scenery is fantastic. Good hike. Gets the blood going. Lots of shade and barely anyone on trail. Would do again!!!

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Jessica Osher
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Hiking

Unbelievable 360 view once you get to the top. Steep climb to get there, pass through some amazing flora and beautiful trees and even a small waterfall.

Alise Robison
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Hiking

very steep and at points rocky but the views were worth it. make sure to keep going once you pass the two big rocks - it opens into a beautiful panorama!

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Yan C
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Heather Newbold
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Hiking

The parking lot to this trailhead is shared with Lake Blanche. Being a holiday weekend it was quite crowded. Had to park off the road just before the S curve about a 1/4 mile from the trailhead. This trail was quite secluded and really steep! We didn’t see another person on the trail until about 1.5 miles in. This hike is no joke. Gorgeous stream waterfall about 1 mile in. Beautiful views of twin peaks and surrounding peaks!

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Ana Delahoz
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Hiking

Fun hike. Hard but so fun! Great uphill workout. Meadow is beautiful and river sounds, many wild flowers. Definitely one of my favs now.

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Mr Movie
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HikingRocky

a very good trail stopped halfway because I wanted to go for the waterfall. would you recommend parking on the side of the road because inside parking is generally full.

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Christopher Walker
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Hiking

Not much of a lake to see any more, kind of a disappointment. The hike was a great workout.

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Aylin Rodan
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HikingGreat!

First time on this trail - gorgeous and fun! Different options once you get to the end of what's marked for this trail; I kept going, route got a bit more technical with a little scrambling but a lot of fun. Will definitely be back.

NYFB YDA
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HikingGreat!

BROADS FORK TRAIL HIKE UP= 3@1.75 hr, LOAD= 35 lb HIKE DOWN= 1.5 hr TOTAL HIKE= 5, DIF= 4, ENJ= 5, WET= 10 IMHO= Neighbor to Lake Blanche, this is a fun, 10% grade, steep, tree roots as risers, full of Aspen & pine trees, real green, shaded majority of the way, like walking in the heaven hike that not only it offers a nice, full of fresh running cold waterfall in 45 M, but the best cardio hike there is at 4.5 miles. Amazing to see those few hot babes hiking the trail alone all the way to the bowl ll by themselves. Definitely not as described by the site "heavily trafficked out and back trail". Once at the bowl, u can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and vistas in 360 degree. Majority of the reviews where they claim scramble and very difficult, must come from out of shape YDAs. Washed and consumed dandelions in the waterfall/stream. Forget Lake Blanch if u r looking for a fun, doozy hike especially only for 4.5 miles. Fun, fun, fun.

Andrea Grasteit
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Hiking

Beautiful trail it was covered in wildflowers!! Shaded the majority of the hike. Not crowded I only saw 3 other people! When I got to the bowl at top there were 3 different trails. Follow the lower one to a river and wading spot.

Andrea Kilbane
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Hiking

This is honestly one of my favorite hikes near Salt Lake City. It’s in the same parking lot as lake Blanche but we hardly saw anyone on the trail. Great views at the top!

Kim Ray
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Great!

Beautiful hike. Shade made this much more enjoyable than some of the other steep incline hikes nearby. Big open area at the end of this route with tons of space to explore around.

Alyssa Love
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! A good workout. It was not crowded at all, especially considering the nearby lake Blanche trail! Mostly shaded, which helped with the midday July heat. there was definitely not a “lake” at the end like we had heard, but the river was beautiful and there were lots of wildflowers.

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Andrew Gremlich
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Hiking

So for the low score, but I probably should note this here. The part to the summit is very hard. I made the poor choice of not going down that way and instead try to go down the Ferguson canyon route. Instead, went down the Deaf Smith canyon. Long story short, called search and rescue to monitor me and my companion going out. We didn’t have any lights and going down that canyon was taking long. Nearly made it to the end, a pair of police officers hiked up for about half an hour with flashlights and found us. Lesson learned! I think I’m going to do the more heavily trafficked trails from now on, after taking a break from hiking. When I hike again, water, food, light source, gps, fire starter, and emergency blanket.

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Jessica Jones
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Hiking

Great trail, with alternating steep and more moderate sections. Was definitely difficult going up. The breeze off the waterfall/river about halfway up was welcome. Pretty shaded until the top. Beautiful views.

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Dylan :
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Made it to the summit with my group and the last mile or so is a pretty technical scramble. I'd say a class 4. Come prepared with hiking poles and crampons or microspikes. View is beautiful though once you're on top. Nothing quite like it.

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