Great Western Trail via Fernwood Recreation Site

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Great Western Trail via Fernwood Recreation Site is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Layton, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length4.1 miElevation gain1,456 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Annebelle F
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Hiking

Deceptively easy at the beginning but had to stop and catch my breath quite a few times in the upper stretches. Partial shade, one small slick of mud, and a few wildflowers poking out. Great breeze today and able to see across the whole valley. Lots of mountain bikers and horses on this trail so be prepared to “share the road.” Wear shoes with tread - there are some gravelly sections that are easy to slip on on the way down

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Corbin Gurney
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Hiking

Great Hike, nice little areas on the way up and great view of the valley!

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Jordan Senatore
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Hiking

There are a lot of diverging trails in the beginning mile or so, so pay attention to the map. Once you get past that it's a beautiful trail with a lot of great views

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ava butercup wilson bartlett felts
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Hiking

This is a tough hike. Absolutely beautiful tho

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Domeda Duncan
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HikingGreat!

Trail is well marked and the snow has melted. Very dry except for a small sliver a little further up. Definitely enjoyable as a sunset hike. Not many people on the trail. Great hike!

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Kristiana Henderson
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Shauri Gibson
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Mostly snow and ice with patches of wet mud... this to be expected after the weather the last two days. Spikes recommended but could be hiked in hiking boots with good tread

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Samūel Ōler
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Watch out for mud and ice! It’s also steep at parts. As of January 9 2021)

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Kenneth Bosshard
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HikingSnow

The trail wasn't bad....snow/ice in most parts, dirt in other parts that are southwest facing. The trail is uphill all the way to the Hobbs Canyon/Great Western Divide split. We started out in the morning of New Years Day, so not many people or pets.

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Jim Hubbard
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Mike Garza
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beautiful

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Greg Anderson
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Hiking

Snow starting at about 7K feet elevation. It got to be too much for me at 8K feet. Gradual, intermediate-grade trail to that point.

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Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

The trail was well established and Easy to follow. Nice views of the valley on the upper side

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Romney Mathewson
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Hiking

Excellent trail with great views. I prefer the Adams canyon ridge route, it is a much shorter hike.

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Rachel Graham
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HikingNo shade

Nice trail. Seems well maintained. Not too rocky. Not much shade. Pretty views of the City but not the super awe striking. Not sure why someone said it should be rated difficult. The incline seemed pretty steady and wasn’t bad. I did it in about an hour and a half.

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Jason Oyler
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Hiking

Hiked a couple of miles up the trail for a short morning hike. Steady climb but not too steep.

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Ali Afsharkhah
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HikingRocky

Overall good trail, a bit of a challenge with some intense uphill treks. Experienced hikers will enjoy the workout. Enjoyed the push

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Hannah Rearick
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail should definitely be rated as hard! And that first picture that advertises the hike is wrong. When AllTrails map ends, it is a view of Layton, Kaysville, etc. not of the flat top mountain. Fun, but really hard

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Christopher Castillo
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Running

Great trail for running. At 6:30 am only saw 2 people. Most bikers and people started arriving at around 7:30. Very open trail most of the time. Great view of Davis County. A favorite to run.

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Blaine Scott
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Hiking

First time on the trail and it was beautiful. Low traffic and high in scenery.

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Becca Lee
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HikingIcyMuddy

Nice trail, icy. Needed spikes to get through steep icy parts.

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B Acord
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Mountain biking

Great trail for easy, close mountain biking for all ages. Would also be good walk or trail running. crosses several creeks (bridges and shallow forging) Loss more cover than I had expected.

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Larissa Adams
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This trail is a lot of fun. It's fairly shaded if you start early enough. A lot of the uphill is at the end, which there isn't exactly an end of the 4.2 mile hike (2.1 one way). The trail keeps going. you'll have to monitor your mileage to get the 4.2 and not go over (if you dont want to go longer).

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Monica Fredrickson
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The trail is beautiful and well maintained as described here. As you go further up, maintenance deteriorates. The rest of this review is about the upper section. If you go all the way up towards Thurston Peak, expect to bushwhack about the last third of the climb and the whole way to Thurston peak (or Francis peak for the motivated). It lets up only briefly in a few sections. There is one sketchy rock scramble too. Erosion seems to have taken a toll there. Navigation isn't too challenging with the overgrowth as the trail is pretty straightforward. If you want to do the upper section, make sure you have thick long pants, hiking poles, and the patience to bushwhack for miles. If you got that, it's a beautiful hike and you will likely have it to yourselves.

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