GSL Shorelands Preserve

EASY 56 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
6 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

walking
18 days ago

Not a hike. Nice place for a level stroll or bike ride. Love the architecture of the pavilion, the little fact boards along the way, and the observation tower in the middle of the marsh, which is one of my new favorite places. Though the spring migration is underway, not many birds around yet. Lots of cows, though, including one that had gotten around the fence to greet visitors on the trail and take a dump on the boardwalk. There were some bugs around the observation area, but not enough to bother me. No shade, but the day was cool and cloudy enough that I didn't require a hat.

hiking
2 months ago

Quaint and pleasant with lovely views of the mountains

mountain biking
6 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
6 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
8 months ago

omg so beautifu and relaxing.

8 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.

9 months ago

mmffcmmmmmmmmmmmm

9 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.

10 months ago

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

nature trips
10 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.

10 months ago

10 months ago

11 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
11 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
Saturday, April 15, 2017

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!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

Monday, April 03, 2017

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

walking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

This is a nice walk, easy and toddler friendly , I will do it all the time

walking
Friday, July 15, 2016

I didn't really enjoy this hike. It is a wooden ground bridge that circles around over marsh land. It has beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and that's why I rated the two stars. I enjoy being surrounded by trees and plants, this walk does not provide the nature appeal I desire. The walk lacks shade. I didn't really see birds. We also avoided walking up to the top of the tower because it was surrounded by bees and wasps. I don't know that I would do this again unless it is a time of year bees are hibernating.

walking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Beautiful and super easy, kids friendly but no pets allowed.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Love this place to just get a nice short walk in and view the beautiful scenery. Perfect for all ages.

walking
Monday, May 09, 2016

good for little kids

Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's a fun walk around!

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Easy boardwalk to fun tower which overlooks the preserve.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Nice easy walk for the kids, not a hike by any means. There is a owls nest at one of the structures, we got maybe a little too close of look at him. but overall exactly what the description says of it.

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