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Holbrook Canyon Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bountiful, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,548 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

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Getting There

Holbrook Canyon trail climbs up Holbrook Creek canyon directly above Bountiful, UT. It is a lovely canyon with lots of shade and the beautiful babbling Holbrook Creek throughout. However, footing is sometimes poor and the farther you go, the poorer and more overgrown the trail gets. Begin at the Sessions Mountain and Holbrook Canyon trailhead parking lot. There are TWO SEPARATE trails beginning here (see note below). To hike the Holbrook Canyon trail, head immediately south from the trail-head, following a steep drop of 100' from the parking lot into the canyon. Once meeting the stream, the trail climbs steadily eastward, closely following the creek and crossing it numerous times. The footing is sometimes poor, and at times of very heavy flow, creek crossing could be difficult (while it is never a challenge in summer). NOTE: Another trail begins here, traditionally called 'Sessions Mountain' by the locals, hence the wording on the trail-head sign, but it is officially known as the "Holbrook North Route". It leaves directly to the north from the parking lot, immediately uphill, and soon proceeds east up Sessions Mountain.

The parking area is paved and has bathrooms with running water.

Go to the Bountiful Mormon Temple. The trailhead is just South of it on the road up above it.

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Manasa Anil
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Off trail

majority of the trail has a path, as other reviewers have mentioned it's a lot of up and down, but I saw a fellow hiker just walk up the stream with grippy water shoes avoiding a lot of that elevation. was not very sure of the end point, there were a few boards with SMILE and BE BRAVE, turned around there. didn't encounter rattlesnake or any other wildlife except for spotting a deer from far. it is bushy and plenty of water crossings, so go prepared :)

Becky Barnett
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This is one of my all time favorite trails. It follows the river with lots of bridges and river crossings. I bring a water filter so I dont have to carry water. It is shaded most of the day, especially after the first mile. I made it 2.3 miles then turned around during to a rattlesnake on the trail. The first millennia kid friendly. The second mile had a few really steep parts that would be challenging for smaller kids.

Nick Jarvis
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HikingBugsOver grown

Very narrow canyon, not much for views. Plus side is it’s got shade and water for the dog the whole way.

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Jessi Owzarski
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We only made it about a mile in, today. We got a late start and it was getting hot. For those with 4 legged hiking buddies, be aware the footbridge are not very dog friendly. The slats are just far enough apart for them to get paws stuck, which can result in injury. Be careful!

Jennifer Gwynn
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HikingOver grown
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DJ Koppenaal
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Hiking

Wonderful trail to training your dog to go “off-leash” unlike Mulluer Park, this canyon is narrow limiting the opportunity of the wide open spots your dog will want to take off and explore. It’s a narrow canyon, with many little water crossing (spring runoff = your feet will get wet) but after May ends.... you can use the Logs/Rocks/bridges to cross the stream. In the fall... this is strikingly beautiful due to the leaves falling.

Caroline Foley
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Over grown
Ben F
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Hiking

Lovely shaded hike. We go with our 3 kids under 6 yrs old. We turn around at the first river crossing (1 mile in?) but not before they wade around and play on the rocks. Have never seen snakes, leeches or mtn lions in my 1/2 dozen trips. Some concerning parts with washout but it is still our favorite hike

Jason Sims
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HikingOver grown

Some tricky spots but very worth it. one of the better hikes in the area

Sean Giovannoni
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HikingOver grown
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jordan ballif
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the trails are all overgrown. I was stalked by a mountain lion, watch out for the Rocky Cliff out croppings because there's rattlesnakes that will rattle at you. I had two encounters with the mountain lion and rattlesnakes in one hike, also there's lots of tics up there and leeches in the river be careful. very dangerous hike stay on your toes because that is the widlelifs domain.

H Smith
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HikingOver grownScrambleWashed out

I had the closest encounter I’ve ever had with a rattle snake on this trail so be careful!! Lots of shade. The description is very accurate in that the farther you go, the harder it is to follow the trail. I wore chacos and was glad because that was way easier than trying to balance on the logs that crossed the water. Lots of water crossings. Loved the shade!

Savanna Deal
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Hiking

Hiked with two year old on foot. Need waterproof shoes for sure, pants preferable.

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Geri Rosenberg
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HikingOver grown

This trail wasn’t great. There are some very overgrown spots where you’re not even sure the trail continues. Other spots are extremely steep in loose dirt and are quite sketchy. We never found a waterfall and weren’t quite sure when even to turn around. The fully shaded trail was nice, but we did encounter a rattlesnake and were never quite sure if we were going the right way.

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Jacqueline Hurt
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RunningBridge outBugsMuddyOver grownWashed out

It's a bushwacker so wearing shorts was a bad idea. Bridges out and lots of river crossings with just a thin log, so expect to get wet unless you're suuuuper careful. Also, soooo many spider webs everywhere across the trail right in your face. And it's one of those uphill then downhill, up and down, over and over. Super annoying for downhill running.

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Angelique D.
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HikingWashed out

Though I hike every weekend, this is the first review I've done. This was one of my favorite trails. Lots of shade, about 7 bridges/logs to cross the creek. The water was coming down good, glad we missed the flood from a few weeks ago as I've read on other reviews. There was an area that was washed out, so it was hard to tell where the trail was at- ended up walking in the water to continue on the trail. I will be going back to do this one again.

Rachelle P.
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownScramble

Super bushwhacky, especially the second half. Watch out for ticks and rattle snakes. Saw some really pretty butterflies. Lots of water crossings that you will get your feet wet in.

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Jimmy Bokinskie
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The first 2.5 miles, there are about 7 water crossings. Some conveniently have foot bridges, but often times you have to carefully navigate along branches and rocks to cross. We were prepared with trekking poles (for balancing) so our feet never got wet! I imagine in another few weeks this won't be as much of an issue. We ended up only having enough time to go 2.5 miles out but the last mile was our favorite by far.... deep canyon, cool air, no crossings and greenery everywhere. 90% shaded. We definitely will go back to finish this hike when we have enough time. It took us 1h40m out and back 5 miles but we jogged a little bit coming down.

Heather Munz
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HikingFlooded

We loved the trail, and the kids (12,10,8,6) all loved the multiple water crossings. I will wait another month or so before coming again in hopes that the water is a little lower to make crossings easier.

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