Ferguson Canyon Trail to Upper Meadow is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Ferguson Canyon is a short steep canyon located immediately south of the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The lower canyon is enclosed by granite walls popular with rock climbers, while the upper canyon contains open meadows.
Finally hiked past the rock climbers and made it to some beautiful moss covered waterfalls and on to the lookout. I think the snow made it slightly easier as it leveled out some of the trail. Glad I packed my yaktrax, even though the bottom was dry and rocky, once we made it past the waterfall, the rest of the trail was snow packed and slippery. Well worth it, the entire trail is beautiful with running water, awesome rocks, lots of plants (even in February, the ferns were green along the water), and the lookout was pretty amazing. Fun hike with the pup!
love this place such a good hike!!
Cool hike and very pretty.
Ferguson is one of my absolute favorite hikes in Salt Lake City. It's a longer hike and harder then anything in Millcreek. The whole hike is beautiful, little creeks, rock climbers, dogs are welcome and overall its pretty shaded. It's perfect. If you plan to go up to watch the sunset make sure to bring a flashlight for the way down.
Today I only hiked up the first 1/2 mile or so to the rocks with my kids to play.
It's strange reading the reviews - everything from "this is a great short hike" (true if you only do a great short hike) to "great moderate to hard hike to the lookout" (True) to "this is an awful 10 mile hike" (I have taken this route to the top of twin peaks and beyond, and I can't think of any way to go 10 miles while staying in this canyon) to "The canoeing was awesome" (a joke I guess?).
This trail is on the steep side, but footing is usually good. I would disagree with the "lightly trafficked" but obviously the farther you go the lighter the traffic. The lower canyon is really pretty and fun for playing on rocks. Lots to explore. That is still true higher up, but the going gets progressively more difficult. Still, I would rate it as moderate up to the lookout. I found the trail still pretty evident above that point, and still with steep but reasonable slopes up into the meadows. The trail slowly fades as you climb, and climbing Storm Mountain is difficult with decent reoute finding skills required. Most people won't ever worry about going that far. Overall, lovely canyon with really cool rock formations and a nice little creek.
Nice hike. Shaded for most of the way until you reach the overlook. Very nice views from there. After the overlook you can keep going up, if you're up for it. We went about half way to what my buddy calls the "rock garden". VERY overgrown. I'd recommend pants. Poles were a big help too.
This hike is nice and varied with some rocky sections (in the canyon) and some flat inclines (once out of the canyon). Be careful on the 2 sections with loose gravel near the river.
Been on this hike twice. The first time, we got lost and wounded up on a super sketchy rocky incline that we couldn't get over. We had to throw in the towel because it got dark and the sun set before we made it all the way back down.
The second time, we had a friend that showed us a hidden side path that we literally had to CLIMB up to get to. The climb itself was pretty steep and my big Labrador needed my help at one point to get all the way up. But nonetheless, the view from that lookout point was beautiful.
I'm not sure what the end of this trailhead actually looks like. But maybe a third time in the future will be a charm. This also looks like a good spot for rock climbers. We passed a wall where we saw some people roping up.
Beautiful. Close to home.