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Kays Creek Parkway is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Layton, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

This small reservoir is nestled just below the Ogden bench. A paved trail loops through the area, providing access to the Kay's Creek North Fork and Hobbs Reservoir. You are likely to see wildlife of many varieties, but please respect fishing regulations and limited access areas (in description). This area was marked no trespassing for many years, but Layton City has done a lot of work putting trails in the area and working with local landowners to provide us access to this fantastic area. The trails are steep and the pavement is cracked with weeds in some areas, but is still suitable for bikers, runners, and walkers. The trail is public, but the reservoir and immediate area surrounding it is private property. Walk In Access (WIA) authorization is required for reservoir access. This can be obtained at no cost by calling (800) 221-0659 or online at wildlife.utah.gov/walkinaccess. This is important for management to be able to track usage of an area, and to determine if public usage merits the amount paid by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to allow access to this portion of property. Hobbs Reservoir is a prime fishing location for Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Trout. Both shore fishing and fishing from non-motorized craft are permitted ONLY with the WIA authorization described above. Anglers may have no more than two fish, and fish of a certain size must be released if caught.

Adam J. Welker Trailhead 2700 N. 2125 E. (Parking Lot) Canyon View Trailhead 2360 E. Canyon View Oak Forest Trailhead 2459 E. 2750 N. Lower Trailhead 2210 N. 1450 E.

Layton City Parks and Recreation Office (801) 336-3900 437 N Wasatch Dr Layton, UT 84041 Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

There are multiple trail heads on the north, west, and south sides of the parkway. See "Parking and Facilities" for these locations.

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Tom Dobbins
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Hiking

Nice easy paved trail with lots of shade if you head east from the parking lot with some steep hills in places. West of the parking lot is more flat and scenic but less shade.

Brittney Carrell
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Road biking

Steep climb to Hobbs reservoir! Pleasant and shaded trail.

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Cheryl McIntyre
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Hiking

There are long sections without shade, but there is a good balance of shade vs sun in other areas. When the fork splits, the left trail is steeper.

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Joaquin Pacheco
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Hiking

Nice 5k. Nice place to chill out at near the reservoir.

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Shelby Cinea
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Walking

6/4/20 - Hot day today, in the 80s. I went around noon. Some shade but mostly sunny. Paved, but some smaller little trails have been made odd the path. Not a whole lot to look at but it's still really nice. Peaceful hearing birds, water and the breeze through the trees and tall grass. One part that forks gets really steep on both trails, so that wasn't fun with a stroller. The path forking left goes to the Canyon overlook, the path to the right goes to the pond/reservoir (not sure what it is but you can fish there) and through the trees. I went the latter and it looked like I was coming up to the neighborhood so I turned around. There's multiple benches along the way in both directions, and a few trash cans and waste stations. Parking was nice.

Matthew Harayda
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Hiking

I’m a 5 minute walk from this trail so my family frequents it often. We mostly do the walking loop as we have a toddler, but the full hike is a lot of fun as well. If you go at dawn/dusk, you can usually see deer on the hillside. In addition, there’s a group of foxes you can see often as well. Beautiful hike throughout the year.

Zigmund Peacock
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Hiking

Decent easy paved trail with a more moderate I paved section at the top. Really crowded today and a lot of off-leash dogs at the reservoir. Had a near incident with my dogs and a couple small dogs acting aggressive. Wish more owners were cleaning up after their dogs. Saw several who were but evidence of a few who didn’t. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us!

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Emily Watson Yerly
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Hiking

We did this as two families including two 2-year-olds and a 5-year-old. GREAT trail for kids!

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Amy Christiansen
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Walking

It’s a nice paved walking trail. I’d say it’s closer to easy than moderate. There is one hill that is pretty steep then it’s basically flat for the rest of the trail. There is a lot of shade throughout most of the trail. It’s very green and lush this time of year. The reservoir is beautiful and looks like a nice place to fish.

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Becky Belnap
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Hiking

Loved loved loved this trail! Would do it a hundred more times. Great for kids. Great all the way around!

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Julia Giddens
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Hiking

I went again today, I was nervous about mud along the hiking trail (verses the parkway) as it’s rained a bit the past couple of days but it was fine. I started at about 11 and was pretty hot by the time I finished so I would recommend starting earlier with similar temps as once you get to the top of the hills with the hike there is zero shade, but that part isn’t very long.

Julia Giddens
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HikingPrivate property

The actual parkway I would call the difficult end of easy, and it’s fair to call the hike around the reservoir moderate. I am new at hiking and found it a good challenge, but still enjoyable. A word of caution: I spoke with one woman who said that this time of year it’s not a bad idea to carry mace for mountain lions. I saw two myself about a mile away a couple of months ago, so just something to keep in mind.

Justin Fryar
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Hiking

Great family walking trail. A few long steep parts and to legally walk near the lake you have to have a permit which they say is free. Still annoying you have to have it and also log that you are going in.

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Lindsey Carter
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Hiking

Great place to take my kids to get their energy out.

Jeff Cunningham
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Walking

great place to walk or run my dogs

Chris Levendosky
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Hiking

Beautiful winter hike! The asphalt portion of the trail had been recently plowed and was in good shape. There were a few slippery areas of ice on the asphalt where runoff had frozen overnight or light snowpack remained, but it was still very manageable. There's a wonderful little bridge and creek near the Northernmost point of the trail. A loop around Hobbs Reservoir can be completed by taking a dirt trail which originates about 50 yards before the end of the asphalt. It's noted by several wooden steps that descend down away from asphalt trail. Although not maintained in the winter, the dirt trail was fully recognizable as it had been snowpacked from other foot traffic. In areas where scrambling might be expected, additional wooden steps had been placed to ease the ascent and descent. The dirt trail follows along the East and South sides of the reservoir and then across the dam back to the asphalt path. Really enjoyed this hike.

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Valerie Merges
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Hiking

There is a dirt trail that continues around the reservoir which links the boat ramp area with the eastern paved trail. So now this is a very fun loop. The Utah Conservation Core built the many wooden/dirt steps you will encounter on this delightful dirt path.

Blake Coombs
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Hiking

Nice trail around the lake.

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Jessica C
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Hiking

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Andrew Niebauer
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Walking

Not much of a hike but a nice little walk beautiful pond great for small boats

Candice Bolduc
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Hiking

Lovely hike! Does have some steep uphill sections, but I was able to do it even with my damaged knee... and I could definitely do it again. Great workout and wonderful view. It has a nice wide trail.

Eric Monson
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Hiking

My wife and I love to walk down this path.

Christen Hill
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Hiking

I noticed alot of goat head stickers growing on both sides of the trail heading east from the parking lot. Other than that it was a beautiful trail.

Rachael Korzep
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Hiking

When I tried this a few weeks ago (it’s August 2019 now), the trail was under construction. I thought this trail was pretty easy. We may or may not have bypassed the construction zone ;) We found fresh cherries and saw tons of fish and frogs. It was a nice haunt - I wouldn’t really consider it a difficult or moderate hike.

Laurel Housh
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Hiking

great walk for using a stroller!

Bree Abadian
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My kids love bringing their scooters or bikes on this trail. It's pretty and tree lined and there are benches throughout which is great if you want to get some shade and rest. Great for all levels!

Wade Yamamoto
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Hiking

Nice walk for our first trail completed in Utah. Friendly people along the way. I must try out the fishing on another visit. Quite steep in some sections along the reservoir, would probably not be fun during freezing/snowing conditions, but perfect now that winter is gone.

Baylee Shupe
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HikingBugs

Saw some deer! Very peaceful.

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Mike Hallenbeck
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Very nice trail to walk the old dog on.

Nikki Schmutz
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HikingMuddy

Kids loved it, wasn’t hard and had beautiful scenery.

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