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Houndstooth is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 2,844 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Off trail
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This is a very steep and challenging trail rewarded with great views.

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Clayton Schrumpf
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Hiking

Steep :(

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L Dan Crane
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Hiking

serious workout. yes, its steep. after .5 miles you get some real switch backs, which has nice repreve from the what I call bushwacking on a game trail, however the game is human. after a mile you come to the saddle and once again you get a nice repreve. saw a rattlesnake in one of the few shaded area. bring some gloves so you can grab limbs to help pull yourself up. overall great workout with an awesome view at the end.

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Andrew Armada
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

short, exposed, and STEEP. hike wasn’t great, but the views at the top were incredible! trail is tough to follow so download the map before you go.

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Shawn Hancock
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HikingScramble

I started at about 5:45 AM on a Friday and did not see a single person going up or down. It was nice to have the trail to myself. It was easy to follow the trail although it is very steep. The trail itself does not offer much to look at but turning around to take in the view of the valley is breathtaking. Much of the trail is loose dirt and often times requires one to grab the roots or branches of scrub oak to keep moving, but If you don’t try to do it too quickly, it’s fine. There is a welcome respite right before the final ascent. The scramble at the end isn’t too bad but there are some loose areas. After some exposed scramble you are rewarded with incredible views. I would recommend getting up there for the sunrise. It is quite astonishing. I ran much of the trail down, but it can be tricky because the trail is so loose. I figure that you should be able to get down in about half the time it took to get up.

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Chris Bennett
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08/05/20 - This is one STEEP SUCKER! However, I really enjoyed it. Loved the views and the epic pictures we were able to take on the ridge. We moved pretty fast: 1:40 up and 1:00 down. It’s nice when you get past the first summit as it flattened out and gets really cool looking. Then it gets crazy steep as you get closer to the tooth. The trees are awesome as that’s how you climb up by grabbing onto them. I’d totally do this one again, but I love the steep ones like this. -Mountainhead: Elevate Life

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Brian Ebert
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Crazy Steep!! But awesome once you get to the top!!

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Aaron Leete
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HikingOver grown

Just did the trail this morning, 8/1. The trail is overgrown and very difficult to follow once you get up above the flat. It's a very difficult trail, but worth it once you get to the top. Feels like you're sitting on a knife's edge. I was worried about getting back down the trail without poles, but it wasn't too bad. I feel once, but it was because I was being careless. 2h15m up, 1h10m down.

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Jack Hindley
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Don’t go at 4pm in 90 degrees. Not a good time. Probably a much better experience at another time of day/season

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James Bjorkman
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Like the other reviews said - it’s steep (though not super tough until the final stretch), bring poles (which you’ll want until the final ascent where you’ll stow the poles and start pulling yourself up with tree branches and rocks), loose soil/rocks/scramble towards the top, and beautiful vistas. Keep this app close at hand as the trail gets a little hard to follow once you hit the plateau before the final ascent. It’s exposed on the lower half so it’s best as an earlier hike, and as always be sure to stay hydrated. It reminded me a lot of Mount Olympus though only about half as long and, therefore, actually enjoyable instead of torture. Personally, I loved it and plan to do it again soon. P.S. I recommend using the trailhead that is on the north side of the water tank, not the one that runs along that south that shown on this app. It’s maybe 100 yds longer but much easier and more worn.

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Breck Tuttle
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Very steep climb for those who want a good workout. Lots of lose rocks on the trail that make it easy to slip a lot.

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Rono Srimani
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HikingRockyScramble

Rough trail conditions, steep most of the way through, but beautiful views! Worth it.

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Natalie Rosenacker
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Hiking

This is gnarly I complained the whole way up, very slick fine soil and overgrown plants. Poles recommended fell twice on the way down. Experienced hikers only

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Shea Dulaney
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BugsRockyScramble

Encountered a Rattler about 1/2 way up, keep your eyes peeled - will bring hiking poles for the decline next time.

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Ethan Rowe
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This hike is not for the general public. This is a brutal hike! If you love to punish yourself, this hike is for you and me. I loved this hike as I complained the entire way up. There are a lot of gopher snakes in the area, they are not venomous but they look very similar to rattle snakes (note the head shape and no rattle). Scrample until the top then bushwacking to the rock with some rockclimbing/scramble then a gnarly ridge walk. Even if you are a very athletic hiker you will get asthma from this hike. Please bring extra water as well as it is entirely exposed until you reach the meadow at the top.

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Grace Perez
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HikingRockyScramble

Well-suited to mountain goats. As the description says, very steep uphill. Challenging to return down. I suggest using walking poles, since there are many portions that have unconsolidated rocks and fine soil that are super easy to slide on. This hike is good for two things: cardio training and views, as long as the weather/smog cooperates. Today, in pandemic times, the visibility extended from Utah Lake to mountains way beyond Antelope Island to the north. We did part of this hike in late April and the path has deteriorated greatly, probably due to increased traffic. Be prepared for scratched legs if you are wearing shorts; the path is very narrow and overgrown with trees & shrubs in several segments. On the plus side, those tough little scrub oaks make great handholds for added safety.

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paige cooper
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Hiking

straight up so hard did make it to the top

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Hailey Pierce
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trees are gonna be your best friend on this hike. you can use them to pull you up or lower you down the insanely steep trail. no joke this was the hardest hike i’ve ever done, not moderate by any means. look forward to some pretty views and a lot of character building!!

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Heather Strong
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Hiking

I’ve only ever left 5 stars for hikes before and this one really should be a 3.5. The hike sucks. It is so mercilessly steep (and we hike a lot and are in great shape). It is so challenging with loose, large rocks that I felt the need to text my sister, who was babysitting for us, so she knew exactly where we were in case we tumbled back down the mountain never to be heard from again... (spoiler alert: in that case, she gets to keep our kids). The surrounding vegetation is bland, but every time you turn around, you see an amazing view of the Salt Lake Valley. That is worth a few stars even though I really hated this hike and will never do it again.

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Shaun M
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HikingOver grownScramble

Awesome trail. steep for the first while. at the false peak it then turns into a nice stroll through shady trees. then steep again and loose gravel until you reach the rock scramble for the summit. worth it.

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