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 bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

river

wildlife

bugs

closed

no shade

no dogs

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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

hiking
1 month ago

An easy, relaxing loop, great for viewing the Snowy Plover. 5 stars!

hiking
2 months ago

Just a heads up, this trail is closed currently! Hopefully it will be open after the stay-at-home directive is done. The entrance is beautiful and I'm sure it's a gorgeous trail.

walking
2 months ago

This trail is so beautiful and accessible to anyone, even those with wheelchairs! Youth can hear all kinds of birds, frogs, voles if you are quite enough!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views from Weber to Salt Lake to Tooele. Easy and informative for kids and families.

hiking
4 months ago

Visited with three toddlers and we had a great time. Beautiful scenery and great for strollers and short enough for little one's.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome view . Especially beautiful in the spring when all the birds are there.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Manmade vertical structures are covered in yellow jackets.

hiking
no shade
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Easy boardwalk walking, beautiful marshy grasslands with lots of birds and it has 2 shaded pavilions, one is a 3 story lookout. Lot's of information along the way about the Great Salt Lake and the migratory birds that nest and pass through. Bathrooms near the start of the trail.

9 months ago

nice walk. no shade, but the wildlife is neat.

walking
10 months ago

Simple, yet beautiful! This place reminded me of some of the beach areas on the east coast. It was really pretty. Easy place to bring the kids.

walking
10 months ago

Oh this was a fun shadeless trail and I absolutely loved it!!!

bird watching
11 months ago

Well maintained boardwalk with nice little information stations, benches, and a great lookout tower. I visited on a hot afternoon in late June, so there weren’t a lot of birds about, but I still had a good time looking around for them. If you go, bring a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water.

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

Short and easy boardwalk style path. Beautiful views of the marsh

hiking
11 months ago

Good for kids, but bring water!

hiking
no shade
Sun Jun 02 2019

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Great walk, lots of different birds to look at. No dogs allowed, perfect for young children.

Fri May 10 2019

Great family activity. There were an obscene number of highschool seniors being photographed, none of which actually walked the loop.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Beautiful views, wildlife, and easy trails make this a very family friendly, date friendly, and solitude friendly hike/walk.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Easy trail, very hot, a lot of biting bugs. We will be back, earlier in the day.

hiking
no shade
Sun Apr 07 2019

Stroller friendly!

Thu Apr 04 2019

beautiful walk

Sat Nov 03 2018

Great jog.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Beautiful place!

Tue Aug 28 2018

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Sun Jul 22 2018

nice short boardwalk adventure, recommend going early morning or evening, middle of the hot day barely any wildlife. late summer seems like the marsh waters are pretty low as well. not a lot of cover so being water and sunscreen. pavilion is awesomely built.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

Really wished i'd hiked this when the birds are in greater abundance. It was nice though

walking
Mon Jun 18 2018

Easy Trail

hiking
Wed Jun 06 2018

Hearing the birds and seeing all the beautiful mountains is very peaceful here. Be careful of the tower, there's lots of wasps.

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