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Orson Smith Park to Draper Suspension Bridge Loop

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Orson Smith Park to Draper Suspension Bridge Loop is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Draper, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 439 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers
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Please Note: Draper City will be closing the Upper Corner Canyon Road to vehicle access on July 1, 2020. Please see link: http://www.draper.ut.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1394 The easiest hike to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge in Draper is from Orson Smith Park. Path is well maintained, and there are frequent bicycles on the upper trail. A short hike past the hike the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge. Worth the bit extra to see.

Parking, restrooms, two pavilions and a small rock wall play area are at Orson Smith Park.

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Nicole Alldredge
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This is more of a walk in the hills than a hike in the mountains. But it was beautiful & enjoyable. Well maintained & beautiful views of the valley & fall foliage up above.

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Moani Moani Andresen
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lots of bees. I suggest going straight first instead of going uphill right at the start. much easier that way cos then the way down is all downhill. very pretty hike! take water.

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Caitie Ely
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HikingNo shade

Super Smokey but the mountains are beautiful. Easy

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Shannan Bollinger
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Veronica Rodriguez
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I think the trail should not be labeled easy it was a moderate I would say,no shade steep areas and kinda confusing signs.. although overall the hike was good!

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Jacob Sperry
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Matt Higley
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Ann Folan
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Alex Kubacki
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Yolanda Morris
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no shade, but in the morning before 9am we still did the whole hike with the shade from the mountain. I've done this hike later in the day before and it gets very hot due to lack of shade. great trail for families with smaller kids, about 45 minutes there and back and not very steep. A few parts would be scarier with toddler age kids, but not scary enough to avoid the hike.

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karen baxter
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Diane Roberts
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Easy short hike up to the suspension bridge. I continued on to Ghost Falls. 8.5 miles - 17,952 steps Trailhead starts out at Orson Park, and immediately starts switch backing until you get up to Aqueduct Road. From there you will walk until you come to the fork where you will start walking on Ralph’s Trail for about 1¼ mile. Trail merges with Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST), and continues until you reach Rattlers Trail. Continue on Rattlers Trail until it merges with Ghost Falls Trail. This will take you right to the top of Ghost Falls. The Falls at this time of year were just a trickle, and the vegetation is extremely overgrown. There are multiple signs warning you of poison ivy. Be careful if you hop the fence to get a better picture of the falls, you just might find yourself falling face first in nothing but poison ivy. I suggest just staying on the trail. This area of the trail is green with lots of foliage, and is shady. Instead of going back the same way you came, you can either make a loop to the left and come down the Draper Alpine Road, I don’t like going this way. 1. Because it’s a road and 2. You will encounter vehicles. A Plus going this way is there is a bathroom up on top of the road. I went down using the Canyon Hollow Trail, which is greener, has lots of shade, and cooler. This is where is saw the wild Turkey’s just standing in the middle of the trail. Following Canyon Hollow Trail until I merged with Gas Line Trail which turns into Hoof n Boot’s Trail. Whew! I stayed on here until I turned onto BST all the way back until the turn off for the Orson Smith Trailhead. My instructions might seem like there are a lot of different trails. Basically, it’s just one continuous trail with different names. If you start out at the park, just keep walking South, South East until you get to the falls. This area of trails is well marked so there isn’t any chance of getting lost. The first part of the trail was shady until the sun came up over the mountain. Then it became hot with no shade until you came to the falls. Because it has been so hot with little rain this summer the trail is really dusty, lots of sandy loom, and rocky in spots. Other’s have mentioned the mountain bikers. It would be nice if Draper City would designate a bike only trail in this area. There are of ton of trails here, so designating just one to them wouldn’t affect the runners or walkers. Just putting it out there. I really enjoyed walking to the falls on this trail. You will come to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge which is always fun to walk across. Just keep walking South, you’ll soon be to the falls. There are three bathrooms (outhouses) along the way, and are open at this time. One of the rest areas had a bike repair stand. Which was nice for the many bikers to use.

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Carloa Monroy
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HikingNo shade

It was really good. Great for small kids. Try to do it before noon. Great work out.

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Jackson Pingree
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Heather Hancock
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The bridge is fun. Busy trail with no shade.

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Bibiana Griffiths
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful view of Salt Lake. I went with a friend and a total of 6 kids. It was easy but not boring. The hanging bridge was cool. Some mountain bikers but not bad.

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Kelly Hazard
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Dry heat, hot, Sandy.

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Nataly Gamarra
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Chrissy Scavezze
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Hot at 4 in the afternoon. Intermediate hike for my teens!

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Kelsey Chang
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Hiking

Nice hike! Good if you just want to get out of the house for a bit

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Madeline Kuehn
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Hiking

Did the loop. This trail just kinda ends, but if you keep going left, you can see the suspension bridge!

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Michael Cavaness
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Hiking

Good hike. Not too strenuous. Not a lot of shade in the afternoon.

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Nick Taylor
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HikingNo shade

Fun hike with the kids they loved the bridge and looking for lizards.

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Selicia Reyes
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Walking

Great trail! We really enjoyed it. Some shade, the bridge was a nice place to take pictures.

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Carrie Bailey
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Crowded and we took a turn to Aqueduct Trail, but it was quite nice for people coming from out of town. Would do it again.

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