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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 months ago

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).

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

this is a gem of a trail. cross over a bridge, the trail is obviously used because it's a nice trail but we only ran into 4 people on a lower trail.
the trail has switch backs mixed with straight to give you a break from the small incline. great trail, I'll totally be doing this one again. Did see a few rattlesnakes, but nothing too scary.

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4 months ago

recorded GW1

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012