North Canyon Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews
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North Canyon Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bountiful, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Directions from Salt Lake City: The trail can be accessed through the Mueller Park Trail or follow 1875 South east bound to Bountiful Blvd., turn right (south) for 1.7 miles to Indian Springs Road, turn east and follow the road to its end where there is a green gate with a narrow walk through. The dirt road beyond the gate lead to the trailhead (this is private property, please stay on the road at all times). The National Forest starts where the road ends and trail begins.

trail running
8 months ago

Loved this trail. I've been running Mueller to Elephant Rock for the last 7+ years and had no idea this trail was nearby. I enjoyed this trail just as much with drastically less traffic. The rutted out road at the beginning of the trailhead isn't bad and gives you a little more mileage. Never encountered any overgrown portions of the trail either. Ended up seeing a few dirt bikers on our way back down around 8AM, but wasn't too much of hassle to allow them to pass. I look forward to using this trail many more times!

hiking
9 months ago

Okay, someone said it's not hard at all. If you hike a lot, then yes: it's not hard. I don't hike often, though, and found out the hard way that there are muscles I didn't know were used while hiking after this trip. The view was awesome, though. Totally worth it. I can't imagine what sunset must look like. Took me about 3-4 hours round trip to hike it. First half isn't too spectacular but it gets so good once you hit halfway. Also saw a hobo home in the first half. Lots of cyclists around 6 pm.

hiking
9 months ago

The AllTrails directions are a little off. If you are going to do this from the Canyon Creek Drive Trailhead, the trailhead is either at the end of the paved road Canyon Creek Drive, or you can drive 1.1 miles up the dirt road to the narrow gate. The dirt road is pretty deeply rutted in some places, and one lane with no room to pass anyone for most of the way, but people with SUVs and pickups were using the road and parking at the end. If you drive up the dirt road, that is going to make this a 4 mile hike round trip and it cuts out a fair amount of the elevation gain. I walked up the road, which was OK, but a little tedious. Lots of threatening signs about trespassing onto private property. Once you get on the trail, it is very nice. Not too steep, well shaded, and the views at the top were as great as everyone says in the other reviews. The trail is very well maintained and it's pretty obvious when you are at the top. I blew it by not going further to Rudy's Flat. I went early in the morning, and saw no people or mountain lions on the way up. On the way down there were some mountain bikers, runners and hikers, and one pair of people on trail motorcycles. The mountain bikers were mostly coming down from behind me, so I assume they started at Mueller Park. I was glad to be finishing early before the trail got jammed with all these varied activities.

backpacking
10 months ago

We stayed at Rudy's flat and hiked back in the morning. It was a perfect, short overnighter. Beautiful hike! Lots of camping sites at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike today. I only saw a couple people on the trail. It was a nice climb and not hard at all. It has a lot of covered trails but the top was breathtaking. I'm not very good with directions or I would have gone further. But I absolutely loved it!

hiking
10 months ago

Very beautiful evening hike to take. Breath taking views! It's about a half a mile drive up to the trail head, I made the mistake of walking in and by time I got to the trail head it was getting dark.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Awesome mountain biking trail. Watch out for the lions. Came face to face with a mountain lion up top that was jogging down the trail. We were staring each other down for about 20 seconds until someone on a motorcycle came down and he bolted into the bushes. Really pretty trail though!

hiking
11 months ago

The trail in early May was mostly mud-free. I enjoyed the relatively wide variety of forest sections in such a short time - from pine, to aspen, to scrub oak. The trail is a mild climb to some pretty decent payoff views. It was well maintained and the insects were minimal. I was alone on the trail most of the time other than a few mountain bikers and one dirt-biker. I didn't love that motorcycles are allowed on the trail. Though the rider was respectfully careful, the noise was unwelcome.

11 months ago

Fun one to run, walk or ride. most bikers will use a bell to let you know they are somming so you can move to the side of the trail as they pass. take water and a light if close to dusk as it gets really dark once the sun is down. I love this hike!

off road driving
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Beautiful trail that is very well maintained. Is there a club that maintains it? How would I get in on helping with this?
We just rode tonight from North Canyon to Mueller park then took pavement back to the trucks. Really wanted to take the trail back but the weather wasn't cooperating. We did get rained on, but I think that also kept the traffic down.
We had 4 motorcycles in our group, most everyone was polite; with an exception thrown in here and there. I would love to see the signs a little more prominent on both ends so that everyone is clear about what is allowed.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Grade isn't too bad. Me and my friend (we are 15) made it up to the top in 40 minutes on our bikes and went down the mueller park trail

off road driving
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great trail for single track motorcycle riding keep a look out for mountain bikers they will probably yell at you for being here even though it's perfectly legal for motorcycles to be on this trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great trail when you do the whole loop with Mueller Park

Sunday, July 10, 2016

you can loop this with muller park if you are feeling adventurous.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Hike it up run it down. Very nice, not as populated as the other side in Mueller.

mountain biking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Kind of steep, but it's a great way to access the mueller park trail

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

The hike itself was great but I couldn't stand the bugs, so many bugs.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

4 miles pavement to Rudy's Flat. I went when it was 97 degrees but once in the older forest it was much cooler. The dirt road leading from the pavement to the actual trailhead isn't bad but it's just that...a dirt road. The views further up the trail a special. I took a side trail up to a ridge providing views down into City Creek Canyon. Rudy's Flat was great. I will be coming back to camp. Trail is moderate. No sketchy parts so kid friendly. Even in early afternoon I had to jump out of the way of downhill bikers who were upset I deigned to be on their trail, LOL. I recommend a good loud yell before rounding blind corners/switchbacks. I recommend this trail. Very fun.

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I really love this trail! Almost the entire trail is shaded. It gets up to some awesome 360 views, but isn't very steep. We never got tired from hiking up hill, just from the distance.This trail takes you through many beautiful different looking areas. I was pleasantly surprised that we only passed one other hiker and 4 bikers the entire time. I think it is comparable to the Elephant Rock trail, but this one is way more shaded, prettier, and way less crowded. It was a good workout without ever seeming daunting.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Be careful with the bikers it was Ricky and it's a hill. I'm not doing it again it was just so hot that I couldn't go farther

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

Just found this trail. It was really pretty nice wasn't to busy.

hiking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Nice trail. Jeep trail for first 1.4mi then the trailhead picks up. 90% shaded. Perfect for dogs.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lots of shade help to make the an enjoyable hike. Great views and little traffic.

Friday, June 05, 2015

I started on the mueller trail on the way up and then came down north canyon. Lots of down hill, little ruff on the knees, but well worth it.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

My brother CJ introduced me to this trail,...basically take VALVERDA all the way east to the end in NSL. I weighed my all time high today 5.29.15 and brought my new fitbit surge watch. I was dead at about 1.5 miles in, so we turned around. ended up being about 3 miles round trip. There were a couple spots that require very good balance and traction because the trail was filled with water and we had a few inches of muddy ridge. Bring at least 2 water bottles per person if you cut the trail short like we did. It was hard, fun, beautiful.

mountain biking
Monday, October 13, 2014

Did this trail as the ascent portion on bike combining with Mueller park trail for a loop. Definitely a workout climbing up this trail but not too bad, the paved road at the bottom is the steepest part if you are doing the loop from Mueller's parking lot.. We only saw 3 other people on the trail in the middle of October and that was on the dirt road section, once you reach the single track it is moderate but constant climbing and a few sharp switchbacks. This trail would not be too much fun if it was wet due to the ruts on the dirt road section, but other than that the condition is not too bad, just a few roots across the trail towards the top and a couple loose rocky sections as you get close to Rudy's flat. I would recommend doing it.

hiking
Friday, June 20, 2014

Wild flowers were simply beautiful. I agree, the trail start way far up a sort road. Drive the road for a bit and park. All in loved it. I went mid day and only saw two bikers.

hiking
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tricky hike! You're hiking on a dirt road for over a mile with 600 ft of elevation gain before the hike listed here actually begins. No big deal though as it is blanketed in zillions of different types of wildflowers right now. Pretty views after you've cleared about 1000 feet. Watch out for mountain bikers decending rapidly from a connecting Mueller Park trail and for the fat honey bees!

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

I was a little disappointed in this disjointed trail. It's not that difficult, but then it's also not that pretty. The Davis County Trails website has a good map and description, but hopefully I can give a few more details. Canyon Creek road bluntly ends, which is where most people were parked. Then begins a rough, rocky dirt road (not sure if public or private) that goes for 1.25 miles before you get to the actual trail marker. Although there are some turn offs along it, there are portions that are so deeply rutted, you'd have to have a high clearance 4WD to traverse. Once the actual trail starts, it is pretty nice, with the creek running by for the first half mile or so. It is mostly shaded although there are a few open areas that afford a nice panoramic view of the city below. The trail "ends" subtly at an opening called Rudy's Flat on the topo map. This is at about 7100 ft. and there are a couple of camping sites there. It doesn't really "end" though, it just becomes the Mueller trail at the point where you start to descend. If you go too far like I did, you'll hit a couple of wooden bridges at about the 4.3 mile mark. The trail was lightly traveled on a Sunday morning, maybe 5 or 6 bikers and a couple of hikers. It was a little over 8 miles out and back. Not one of my favorite hikes, mainly because of the ugly intro, and no real destination feature.

hiking
10 days ago

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