Dry Creek Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Dry Creek Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Salt Lake, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers 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
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1998 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

From Foothill Blvd. and Sunnyside Avenue (800 South) travel north on Foothill Blvd. to the second traffic light (Wasatch Drive). Turn right onto Wasatch Drive and drive through the next traffic light (South Campus Drive) and continue north until Wasatch Drive deadends at North Campus Drive. Turn right (east) onto North Campus Drive and proceed east through the traffic light and soon after turn left (north) into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) parking lot (opposite the entrance to the University Medical Center). The JCC has graciously provided off-street parking in the east end of the JCC parking lot. Please limit your parking to the east end of the lot and don't abuse the privilege of this off-street parking. From the east end of the JCC parking lot, walk through a narrow gate at the north end of the power station, and proceed about 200 yards northeast past the power station and along the old service road to its U-turn at the mouth of Dry Canyon. At the U-turn a brown carsonite post with the BST logo marks the start of this segment of the BST.

2 months ago

Good enough trail for hiking, but be aware there are lots of mountain bikers out here.

3 months ago

there is a beautiful, secluded oasis up here. my favorite spot in the city.
The bikes and lack of parking bring the rating down. but the hike itself is awesome even if you stay right and have to stream hop for about a mile in spring

hiking
4 months ago

After 3/4 mile on the northern part of the loop the dry creek is no longer dry. After 1 1/2 miles the trail is simply not there. If you want the views just do an out an back on the southern part of the loop, Deer Trail. Otherwise wear pants, long sleeves, and boots, not shoes, as you will be bushwacking 1 1/2 miles or so and there are tons of burrs and nettles.
If you look at the recordings most people aren't doing the listed route.

trail running
Monday, September 05, 2016

This is a nice section of the BST the takes you back behind the hill with the "Block U", so you're a little more secluded from the city than most of the BST. As another review has noted, currently (summer 2016) there is no trail parking at the JCC. You could park at the hospital across the street though. Note that the route I'm currently seeing associated with this trail starts with Dry Creek, but most people would probably follow the BST up to where it makes the hairpin turn and up toward the avenues. The route shown here, into the drainage that forks left at 3/4 mile, is the S fork of Dry Creek and is the area where Elizabeth Smart was held captive. It quickly becomes less and less of a trail, and in spring to early summer will have water in the bottom (and a lot of brush and bugs). Up towards the head of the canyon the trail mostly disappears. The trail down the ridge to Van Cott is pretty fun, although it's certainly not the Dry Creek trail at that point :-)

backpacking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hardest phase was the steps at the very start. Beautiful view hiking between a pair of cliffs that bracket the trail. We usually keep going, turning west where the trail branches, and camp at an overlook that has a great city view.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

It's a great trail...but be aware that there are signs EVERYWHERE at the JCC saying that the parking lot is NOT for trail use. It might be because part of the parking lot is under construction...but you might want to find somewhere else to park. And if you plan to hike this trail, be sure to pay attention because it is very popular with bikers. :)

hiking
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