Left Hand Fork Trail Loop is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stockton, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.5 miElevation gain1,112 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersFee
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Settlement Canyon Recreation Area is open from April 1st thru October 31st annually, dependent on conditions. You can purchase a day pass for $3, which allows you to park within the canyon.

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Andrea Griffin
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Ryan L
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HikingIcy

Conditions are good to the trailhead, the rest of the trail has a thick layer of ice with 2” soft powder on top. There’s a short steep section near the Waipi camp that was a little challenging to get up without spikes.

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Amy Bear
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HikingClosedIcyMuddy

I was planning to hike Butterfield Peak, but the road was closed 6 miles from the trailhead. I found this on a whim since I’d already driven out so far. This road is also close FYI, but 0.6 miles from the trailhead so I walked it. Pros: Lightly trafficked Not difficult Dog friendly Occasional nice views Cons: Tons of horse poop (an insane amount) Dead animals on the trail (rabbit and some other rotting creature) Very poorly marked, so definitely download the map Majority isn’t scenic Closed road Overall, it was okay, but I wouldn’t hike it again. Needed spikes for about half of it. My dog enjoyed the snow of the second half.

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Bob Mosso
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Hiking

Great clean trail, the start of the CW loop is marked well, but hiked CCW and that area is not well marked. There is little snow this year but the shady portions had snow, still easily hiked.

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Stephanie Sims
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HikingIcySnow

Did this trail last week of November. The first half there wasn’t much snow but the second half was significantly colder and there was a lot of snow. Just a heads up plan for that! This was a beautiful hike with a couple steep sections but overall not too bad. Saw one or two people mid-day on a Saturday.

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Kathee Hepworth
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There are a ton of trails that shoot off, so definitely keep your app open. I would recommend taking the right trail loop on the way up, it's a little overgrown but made the loop way easier due to grade changes. It's late November and there was still some beautiful foliage, you just have to park at the station and walk 0.6 miles to the trail head, so it added an additional 1.2 miles on the hike.

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Joseph Nygaard
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Mountain bikingRocky

This was clearly not a mountain bike trail. the ascent was very challenging with large loose rocks taking away all traction for the climb. my bike is built for that stuff and I walked a lot. The descent was a blast though, I recommend taking the very last right fork because that last hill is very steep and very sketchy.

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Abby Hansen
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Loved hiking this with my dog, and had the trail almost completely to myself on Weds, Sept 9th, mid morning. Some is shaded, some is out in the open, and the fall colors are just starting to change. In a couple more weeks it'll be absolutely gorgeous, I think! There is a beautiful overlook of the Great Salt Lake that is very easy to miss. (If you look at my recording, you can see where I go slightly above the loop trail at the tip top of the hike on the map - that's it!) You'll see a sign that says, "England Pass, Private Property, Bench Trail, Bottom Trail", pointing different directions. Follow the arrow pointing up the hill towards the private property (you'll see "no trespassing" signs where private property actually begins, so don't worry) and you'll come to the overlook.

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Scott Murdock
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Great hike would definitely start it at 7:00 am or earlier . Like how the trail goes in and out of the trees to give you shade.

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Ashley Hutchison
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There is a $3 fee to get into the canyon and the signs marking the trail were unclear. At multiple points I was unsure if we were even still on the trail. There was horse poop all over and the trail at first is barely wide enough for one person so navigating the poop was hard at times. When the trail opened up it was alright but then we came across a stream that was really nasty looking and then the carcass of a medium size animal. When I saw that I decided to take me and my 3.5 year old daughter back the way we came especially after seeing a lot of large non horse poops right before this.

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Michael Burnham
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Great hike! I'd say an easier moderate. Half exposed half shade. The trail is in great shape and looked recently trimmed and maintained. Beautiful sunflowers and some wildflowers. Very green this time of year. Would be superb in autumn. We started hiking from the parking lot which added about a mile.

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Mark Lewis
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Hiking

Chill, lovely hike. Half shady, half exposed. Beautiful! Would be incredible in the fall!

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Russell Miller
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Hiking

Beware if you have yappy dogs: the cows roaming in this property will charge.

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Russell Miller
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Terrific trail for dogs. It’s private property, so no motorized vehicles allowed. It can get muddy.

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Trevor Plett
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I ran into a woman who was drinking a beer while riding a horse.

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Judd Partridge
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Horseback riding

Great Horseback Ride up to Bear Trap Pass!

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Stacy Aiken
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We ended up coming down a different trail and only did about half of the actual trail. Dog loved, great first hike of the season. Going to come back and do the whole trail.

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Heather Lyons
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Love this trail. Yesterday we went counter clockwise which means the beginning part of the hike was following a stream. Lots of trees and beautiful forest scenery. Steep in places but it levels out some. Took my dog with me. She loved it.

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Nigel Abraham
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John Haering
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Trail is not well marked, met other hikers and we couldn’t tell exactly where we were at along the trail. Some good up hill parts in the beginning, before it levels out. I would suggest not taking the road behind camp Wapiti, lots of loose rocks, next time I will come down the same way I went up and avoid the road/trail behind Wapiti. Would recommend this trail and will do it again.

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Scott F
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HikingRocky

nice hike, pay attention to the map because you will wonder off the trail at the 90deg turns. half the trail is in the woods and the other half is more open with some amazing views.

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Brian Charles
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My wife and I decided to tackle this Left Hand Fork Loop Trail. First of all, we did it backwards which actually kinda worked out better because the area that was at the end of our hike coming up on Camp Wapiti was really loose and rocky. So depending if you'd rather hit that part going uphill or downhill. Take the road up to Camp Wapiti if you'd rather tackle loose rocky terrain going uphill, or continue past the sign for Camp Wapiti up Settlement Canyon Road to where the sign says Left Hand Fork Tail and start there instead if you'd rather the loose terrain be downhill at the end when you're almost done. Horse riders do use this trail so watch where you step. Once we got up above the trees in the open meadows on the side of the mountain, there were some pretty awesome views of the valley and the Great Salt Lake.

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Taya Erickson
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I went early in the morning (6:30 AM 45°F degree weather) and there was no one on the trail. So if you are following the map, it doesn't follow the trail very good and you could get lost. I had to turn around twice because I took the wrong path. I'd say the hard part was Hiking up the mountain, everything else was pretty easy. But the best part about this hike was the different views and scenery. One half of the hike you would have a mountain view and the next would be a forest view. Overall a great hike and would go on it again.

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David Taylor
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This definitely a 4.7 mile hike not the 3.3 that was posted earlier. It’s .5 miles from the parking lot outside the pay booth. We loved the hike and enjoyed the cool morning air. I took my 3 younger boys and 7 month old in a backpack and red all really enjoyed it.

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Tyler Reid
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Liked this trail a lot, saw many deer. Will be more green in the coming weeks, many trees just starting to sprout

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brenna gardner
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You can park at the gate and walk in during the colder months. It only extends the hike by maybe a quarter mile.

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