Neffs Canyon Trail

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Neffs Canyon Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,005 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

running

forest

views

bugs

over grown

rocky

snow

Directions from Salt Lake City: Head east toward Mill Creek Canyon on 3800 South Wasatch Blvd. At the first stop sign (Parkview Dr., 3700 East) turn right and go 1.1 miles to Parkview Terrace (4175 East 4245 South). Turn left and continue to White Way (4275 South 4260 East), turn right heading generally eastward and uphill to the end of the road. The trailhead is marked and the trail begins as a rocky jeep road. The drive takes you through a residential area. Please be courteous of others and their property. No parking after 10:00 PM.

hiking
icy
23 days ago

11/13/19 Icy for pretty much the whole way from 0.5 miles on up, and then snow at the top. Spikes and poles saved my bacon. First time doing this one; knew it was steep but man, was it steep.... Cool frozen waterfall a couple miles up that you walk across. The trail in the upper meadow was not super obvious, had to hunt a bit to find it but it's hard to go too far off track because the mountain is in front of you.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
29 days ago

This trail is tough, and in the winter it’s pretty much entirely in the shade (barring the very top) so bring spikes to avoid ice. This is more of a workout trail than a scenic or fun one... Put dogs can go ham!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Most of the trail is covered in ice or snow. Crampons/Yaktracks are a must if you don’t want to be nervous about falling. Took us 2.5 hours to get up and 1.5 on the way down. Lots of snow at meadow. The trail kind of just ends, there’s no exciting summit at the finish. Would definitely do again in Summer/Fall but not so much when there’s snow on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great winding trail. In the shade the whole time. Micro spikes definitely help this time of year.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this with 2 dogs all the way to the meadow this weekend. It’s steep and some gnarly snow sections at the top, but beautiful! Glad we checked this off the list.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

This trail was a bitch. I hiked all the way to the end- I think a lot of people just hike to the waterfall then turn around. The trail is on an incline the entire time. Fall colors are beautiful right now with some small patches of snow. I thought there would be a peak or something at the end but it’s literally just a pile of rocks where it connects with the other trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up the entire trail where it meets up with the wildcat ridge trail. Colors are in full right now. I was the first one to go up to the meadow. There were birds everywhere as I continued up until the end. The real trail starts after the Mt Olympus wilderness sign. I’d give it five stars if the dog owners clean up after them. I’m sure most do but there are some that don’t.

hiking
1 month ago

Peak leaf colors right now. See them while you can!

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Okay trail. Not much to see on the way up and it was very dry. The meadow was pretty to see. It was a hard pull to the meadow from mile 2 to the top.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This is a steep trail and it’s pretty rocky, but beautiful. There’s lots of trees and a nice little waterfall. I’ve been hiking this trail for 10 years and finally decided to make it to the end. There’s a beautiful meadow near the end. It’s pretty bushy after the little waterfall. Lots of people take their dogs up here. This will always be my favorite spot.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

great trail. last mile of the trail is clearly less well traveled and gets hard to follow. very rocky. still a great challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

Aggressive pit bull on leash.

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Lots of shade on this hike. Would definitely recommend hiking shoes especially after reaching the waterfall. The habitat changed from rocky to soft sand every km, is a bit slippery on the elevation. Overall good hike, would recommend.

hiking
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

Aug. 26 update. Nice and shaded, so a good hike for a dog in late summer. Stream bed is extremely dry until more than a mile in, so you may want to pack extra water for the pup. As others have noted, the real "fun" doesn't start until almost 1.75 miles when you see the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest wood sign. From there on, it's narrow ledges, steep slopes and eventually so overgrown it ceases being navigable. After the little waterfall about 1.85 miles in, I scrambled up the slope grabbing tree roots to hold onto with my dog (who also had a hard time with it) and got into the forest. You'll see a rock cairn at almost the 2 mile point but it is not clear which way to the meadow. I tried going left but hit the stream again and it seemed like a dead end. I walked back to the cairn and walked down a little bit (downhill) but got too spooked by the overgrowth to continue. It is that thick. If there are more experienced hikers, I think leaving a few cairns or tree markers would help the rest of us muddle our way to the meadow. That or a machete.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it, except for the fact that there were at least 5 dog owners that had not cleaned up.

hiking
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

We did this hike last sunday. we were told that it's usually filled with water however it was extremely dry While the first 2 miles up were a great steep hike, after that the trail became very overgrown until you reach the meadow. There are not really any view points and once you got there it wasn't clear where to go. We eventually figured it out but gave up after how much overgrown brush we had to Wade through. we made it 3 miles out so only missed another .2 or so, however I don't think there was much more. Would recommend stopping at the meadow.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Shaded even at noon day. A few overgrown sections. Beautiful hike. Not many people for a weekend, especially past the 30 minute mark. Polite dog owners, with well behaved dogs. Hiking shoes recommended due to rocky terrain and scramble.

hiking
3 months ago

Rocky, only made it 1.5 miles in so didn't get the full view. Nice to go on side trails

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