Red Butte Canyon Trails

MODERATE 116 reviews

Red Butte Canyon Trails is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, 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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no shade

1 month ago

Great hike, close to the city and perfect length!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike broke my kids. They hike pretty frequently and are 7 and 10. This hike has no shade, except for tiny little smatterings of trees during the first 2 miles, The first 2 miles were not bad at all. you reach a little creek but there were a TON of wasps everywhere. Then the mountain unleashed.
All 1,666 feet gain is in a very short length and is very steep. It's pretty rocky and the trail is very thin in some areas, about 12-18 inches wide. It just keeps going up and up almost to the very top of the mountain your hiking. It evens out for a very short period of time and then you head straight down the front of the mountain on extremely rocky, dusty ground. There are also a lot of forks were we could have easily taken the wrong path if it weren't for my having downloaded the trail. I would not suggest this hike unless you download the trail beforehand.
The only thing that somewhat made up for all the hardness, was the views of the whole valley. It was beautiful, but knowing what I was in for, I don't think I would have done it. Definitely should be rated as Difficult, not Moderate at all.

1 month ago

Some good views, pretty steep in one section with lots of Sandy dirt and rocks. Little shade.

hiking
2 months ago

This was one amazing hike! You are very exposed during the majority of the hike so be sure to wear a cap. You’re going to have to work during the hike up to the peak of Mt Van Cott but it will be well worth it once you reach the top! There were a lot of wildflowers growing near the top which is great for pictures. The descent is slightly challenging with a lot of loose rocks so take it slow. Be sure to follow the trail according to the map since it’s very easy to get turned around and accidentally follow other hiker’s “desire paths.” There is another climb behind the red butte gardens so be prepared once you hit the stream. It was a relatively isolated trail for a Saturday afternoon since we didn’t see any hikers until we reached the stream around mile 4. I’m very surprised this trail isn’t as popular and that it received some poor reviews. I would definitely recommend!

9 months ago

Beautiful!!

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

The first 1.5 mikes are moderate. The rest is too difficult to be called moderate. The climb is quite steep at 15% and the descent is straight down the face at 20% on loose rock. The trail is very exposed after 9:00 am.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

fun but not much shade.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

To be clear- Red Butte Garden is a fenced-in 100 acre botanical garden located in the area of the Red Butte Canyon Trails. There is an entrance fee and only service animals are allowed inside the Garden. Some of the walking paths are paved and are wheelchair accessible. No bikes. The trails depicted as "Red Butte Garden Trails" on this website are located all around Red Butte Garden, but not inside.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great! Got confused because of all the animal trails, got lost , but it was great!

mountain biking
Friday, June 02, 2017

cool place to ride. just make sure you don't accidently follow an animal trail and end up on the wrong side of the fence by the reservoir lol.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fun little hike with plentiful birds, butterflies, and wild flowers this springtime. Came across mostly folks with dogs and lotsa peace and solitude on a weekday.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Love this hike. It feels like you're hiking through beautiful rolling mountains. Gorgeous!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nice hike. The garden is awesome.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This is not a review but more of a question. Why isn't there access past the reservoir further into the canyon. I noticed when you get up by the reservoir there is large fences that run up both sides of the canyon and they have no trespassing signs.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

I hesitate the give "Red Butte Garden Trails" a poor rating because there are a lot of beautiful trails in and around Red Butte Gardens. But the one shown on the map is probably the worst way to climb Mt. Van Cott. I wouldn't use the trail past the 0.6 mile mark on this map, it's too steep and loose, hiking this route will only contribute to erosion. Stick to the lower trails around the garden, and if you want to hike Van Cott I highly recommend the route up from Dry Creek (although parking is a problem there.

trail running
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

perfect place to take my dog for a quick run early morning or evening as it is not shaded.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Loved this trail, not too steep and beautiful views of Salt Lake City! Free for u of u students with a student ID too!!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

I love hiking in red butte! Pretty views and the oak tunnel is the coolest!

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

A great trail for dogs. Moderate elevation gain towards the end but overall the steepness wasn't bad. Short hike but great views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nice trail with good views and its dog friendly so that's a plus

hiking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Simple hike, decent views.

hiking
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I think there is some confusion about the trail description. There are trails within Red Butte Garden and multiple (spiderweb) of trails outside Red Butte Garden. The differences are in order the use the Red Butte Garden Trails you must pay admission to the garden (excluding ZAP free days) and their are no dogs allowed within the garden boundary. There is a trail running outside the fence of Red Butte Garden property for public use with their dogs, camels, platypus, or other pets. All trails have great views of Salt Lake City and access to Red Butte Creek. Shade is available in Red Butte Canyon with the permanent water source of Red Butte Creek. Shade is limited when exposed out of the creek drainage as vegetation is not as tall. Diversity of plant and wildlife species and habitat depends on disturbance but there are great groups working to improve the habitat along the foothills.

hiking
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This is a good hike right in the city. It doesn't have the rivers that some due and parts of it are somewhat barren but you also get some nice city views. Not a lot of shade in the summertime and not a lot of diversity of terrain. There are certainly more interesting and picturesque trails around but this is a good workout very close in if that's what you're looking for.

hiking
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Liked the hike and the views of Salt Lake. Wished that i could have gone further but the wife got tired.

hiking
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LOVE this hike. Did it with my boys,3 & 5.magical!

walking
Sunday, April 07, 2013

Easy trail (more of a stroll than a hike, honestly) with beautiful city views and wildflowers. You often see rattlers on this trail sunning themselves so be careful. The best thing about this trail is it requires access to Red Butte Botanical Garden so you can see the gardens before and afterwards (and it is amazing in the spring with all the bulb plants) and the trail rarely has anyone on it so it is quiet and quick. Lots of Magpies out today. I've previously spotted fox on the trail too. This trail would be good for any age or ability - only about 400ft of elevation gain.

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2012

I have added a trail my wife, her 13 year old sister and I took. It is a combo of the main trails and animal trails along with some no trail action. A couple places where you must climb. And a few places where you must work through some bushes. Coming back down on the road it is fenced off, head north along the fence and there is a place to crawl under, or continue further north and the fence ends.

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Some places get kind of steep. But for the most part it is a good hike about moderate difficulty. But there are a lot of trails good for just hiking with no set destination. Bare and all in the sun.

hiking
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