GSL Shorelands Preserve

EASY 53 reviews

GSL Shorelands Preserve is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Layton, Utah that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Enjoy a boarded walkway meandering through the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve - a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. It is a rich feeding ground for tens of thousands of migrating birds, which use the Great Salt Lake as a resting point on their journeys from Canada to points in Central and South America. In fact, some of the largest gatherings of wildlife ever recorded on the Great Salt Lake have been observed here. The innovative visitor center at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve offers you the chance to experience and learn about the wetlands and its birds while keeping your feet dry! The wetlands of the Great Salt Lake provide important nesting and foraging habitat for over 250 species of birds. The lake is a critical link in the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. In fact, so many birds (between four and six million!) visit, feed and nest at the lake and its wetlands annually, it has been named as one of only seventeen sites of Hemispheric Importance in the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, an internationally important designation. Visitors may experience the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve any time of year. The visitor center is open every day: April September: 7am to 8pm October March: 8am to 5pm

mountain biking
2 months ago

We fat biked this trail in the winter when it was full of snow and then we did it again during the summer with our road bikes. Beautiful views of the marsh lands and the birds.

walking
2 months ago

This is a great little walk in a beautiful setting. We learned a lot about the millions of birds who use it as a refueling stop during their long migrations from the signs along the way. The observation tower was our favorite part. Easy for little ones, strollers, or wheelchairs.

hiking
4 months ago

omg so beautifu and relaxing.

4 months ago

Excellent contribution to the preservation of nature. Location is in our backyards (Syracuse, Layton, Kaysville). Very accessible. Within 2 minutes you can see the marshlands without signs of civilization. True, they did cut down a forest to provide the elevated walking path that is so beautiful. The observatory is very serene and peaceful. Throughout the trail are information signs on local birds, insects, amphibians, etc. Very beautiful and just a turn off of Gentile street.

5 months ago

mmffcmmmmmmmmmmmm

5 months ago

We went early spring with our 2 year old. It was a nice family friendly hike with amazing views. No bugs at that time however, I could see that being a problem in the hotter months.

5 months ago

Pleasant stroll on the boardwalk. No shade at all so plan accordingly based on weather.

nature trips
6 months ago

Fun Sunday afternoon walk. Been twice so far. Mid-March was still too early for birds, but the view was gorgeous. Came back in start of June...wow! Birds and green everywhere! Perfect for strollers and wheelchairs as it's a boardwalked area.

6 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

It was pretty, and it was a nice, easy hike. Well, it's more like a walk really. There were a lot of bugs though!

walking
7 months ago

First hike on my journey back to health after cancer. Nice and easy. A few bugs but not too bad. Saw two rooster pheasants trying to decide which one was tougher. Pretty cool.

walking
8 months ago

This trail was great! We brought our 2.5 year old for a nice easy walk to get some energy out. We brought along the stroller just in case we didn't feel comfortable on the boardwalk but we didn't have to use it at all! The wooden towers along the boardwalk were awesome and we had fun climbing to the top and seeing Utah's beauty!

8 months ago

The kids loved this. We were out early enough the bugs weren't to bad.

8 months ago

I love the textures of this area, Therese peaceful feeling I get when I walk around the trail.

walking
8 months ago

it's a fantastic trail for the whole family,I really enjoyed it.

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Short trail and not much of a hike but honestly it was beautiful with great sites. Mountains looked amazing!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

great place for a first kiss

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Love this trail close to home

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just a little nature walk, but the sunsets are gorgeous. Bring bug spray, and a camera. Lots of varying birds. A fun way to spend an hour or two.

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