Neffs Canyon Trail

HARD 303 reviews

Neffs Canyon Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately 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

trail running

walking

forest

views

bugs

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
1 month ago

Did this hike today. Closer to 7.1 miles. Beautiful trail but definitely hard with lots of loose rocks. Suggest taking extra water especially if you have dogs. Took the hammocks up and rested at the top of the trail. Flies and other bugs pretty bad right now. Definitely a challenging hike both the ascent and descent. But so worth it at the top.

1 month ago

I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the top...but it is beautiful! Especially in the winter. Gets incredibly slippery with ice during winter so I suggest not wearing nikes during the winter. Would go again and my dog loves the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts out very rocky with sections that nothing but loose rock. Fortunately this disappears after roughly a mile and half in. Be sure to keep right as you come to the first few trail junctions as these will put you on the loop or on some trail.

It doesn't take long for the grade to increase and is more or less sustained throughout the hike. There is plenty of shade and some opportunities for water as of June 1.

At the end is a trail junction marked by a large cairn. Left will take you to Desolation Trail and right will put you on the Wildcat Ridge trail. If you go right, it isn't long before you will reach a saddle overlooking Big Cottonwood Canyon - a spectacular view. If you plan to climb the peak to the left, do not follow the trail over the saddle, it will only make the endeavor much more difficult. Other peaks are nearby if you're interested in bagging a few.

Overall the hike is worth the effort if you decide to capture the view from the saddle or bag a few peaks. The trail is accurately rated as difficult.

1 month ago

Steep and sustained but awesome shadey hike! Upper trail dead ends at a fork with the mt Olympus trail. We didn’t go past this point. Bet there are some good views from up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this trail today. Uphill all the way with only a few flat spots along the way. Not much water on the lower half but a spot or two toward the top. Pushed past the end of the trail and continued on to the ridge line to enjoy an amazing view and restful kip in some hammocks. Took us about 4.5 hours to make it up and back with a 30 min nap at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this on June 11. In from out of town and was curious what a “hard” hike was really like. Did not disappoint! Definitely a work out and the view was worth it! The trail actually ends at a junction instead of at the meadow, we added a rock to the pile once done!

2 months ago

Great family hike today. 7 adults and 3 kids. Great views.

2 months ago

Fun hike. Good leg burner, stream and little waterfall, shade in many areas and great views of the valley and the meadow at the top. Great workout. I definitely recommend it.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail last weekend. Ran down the trail to find a rattlesnake literally on the lower third of the trail. I found this to be one of the better hikes in Utah. Steep and rugged and crosses streams. Loved it. Will do it again

2 months ago

Hiked up to the saddle on 5/19. There was a couple feet of snow the last mile starting about a half mile above the meadow. Wonderful hike. There are three or four water crossings this time of year. But I was able to make it without getting my feet wet. Don’t let the full parking lot at he trailhead fool you— 90% of those people will be hanging out along the creek in the maple groves along the first mile of trail.

hiking
2 months ago

hiked this trail for the first time 5/20. waterfall is raging right now. this time of year not for anyone uncomfortable with creek crossings. trekking poles would have been good for crossing the falls and the steep downhill. above the large meadow youll hit snow. follow the tracks through the snow and youll make it up to the ridge overlooking BCC but be sure to bring spikes for the way back down. will probably melt in a week or 2.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Hiked it today 5/12 (first time) in the fog rain and it was wet and wonderful!!! A bit challenging to find, but worth it. (Stay to the left and watch for log crossings and rock cairns when you’re not sure of the trail.)

3 months ago

very beautiful trail with great views creek is dried up right now. And it is a steep and hard hike.

3 months ago

Make sure to wear hiking shoes lots of rocks and little steep but overall nice hike lots of shade - my dog seem to enjoy it

hiking
4 months ago

Neffs canyon is my dogs favorite!

6 months ago

Love this hike! First time going and the scenery is beautiful! Wear your micro spikes or you’ll have a hard/funny time coming down ;)

8 months ago

Gorgeous view! Can see the whole city view on the mountain

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful right now!

hiking
10 months ago

This is an easily accessible hike for those in the SLC area. The trail rating of 'hard' is certainly accurate as it is quite steep and there are lots of portions with uneven footing. Not very trafficked, but most everyone on the trail brings their dogs (myself included) and lets them roam off-leash so if you aren't an animal lover this might not be for you. My full description of the hike can be found below:

https://www.kelseykagan.com/home/2017/8/31/neffs-canyon

Try to hike it today, but to much snow. What i saw was beautyfull.

10 months ago

Love this hike! There must be two routes. When leaving the parking lot the one on the left is on a pebble paved route that's easier. To the right is a more challenging route. But it's amazing! A lot of rocks and boulders. It's uphill and coming back the hardest part is not rolling your ankle. About 2 miles in the trail gets kind of lost with the fallen trees and foliage, but it picks up about 1/4 mile later. Didn't get much farther because the sun was starting to go down around 6 pm. I'll be going back for sure next week to explore it more.

11 months ago

Steep rocky and hot to the rope swing. Fun but the creek was mostly dried up when we got there.

hiking
11 months ago

This is my favorite trail in the vicinity of Salt Lake City. It's beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

I took the south trail to the right at the rope swing heading up a rocky trail - slightly steeper climb, fewer people, no bikes (the trail is too rocky) - sweet solitude - beautiful transitions thru the lower deciduous trees to tall pines. One of my favorite trails.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

There are a million and one off-shoot trails branching off in every which way in this canyon and it's easy to get lost. You'll be on the right path (generally, at least) if you just follow the base of the canyon as it ascends up the drainage.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Very nice hike with some challenging spots. Tree cover most of the hike, so it's nice and cool on a hot day. We hiked past the waterfall a mile or so, hoping for a view of the valley but never did see one, nevertheless, it's a great hike, even for dogs!
There's plenty of parking, no drinking water or bathroom though. No bikes, too rocky.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Tough hike but the meadow at the top was a great place for relaxing and refueling. Took us 3 hours 45 mins with a half hour break at the top.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Took the dogs out on a hike with my best friend to grab a few caches while I was in town visiting. I wasn't aware how much of an uphill hike it was and got a little winded, but the views were beautiful. There are several rope swings that are fun to goof around on about a half a mile in which made the uphill treck worth it. I can see how others have gotten lost easily because there really isn't a clear trail and at times it seemed like there were multiple trails that spawn off from the main. Overall good hike just tired and sore.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saw moose and deer. Wild flowers are abundant. Fantastic sunsets.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Very easy, simple beginner hike, kid and old people friendly:) and there is 2 swings half way through the hike

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