Rock Canyon Trail

MODERATE 142 reviews
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Rock Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Provo, Utah that features a river 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1768 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Look for the Rock Canyon Trailhead Park, not to be confused with Rock Canyon Park. The Trailhead Park is often confused with the Park at Rock Canyon where there is a large grassy hill called The Bowl. You want to go to the parking lot area that you see in the Aerial view.

2 days ago

Nice hike that's close to the city, though it is rocky and steep like others have said.

The first mile roughly is very hot and exposed as it follows the creek. Lots of rock climbers along the way. Between mile one and two you cross 5 bridges back and forth over the creek, under shade. The last mile to the campground is very shady with a view of the valley at one point, and just past that is a view of the water cascading down the mountain side.

Extra tip: A little ways after the fifth bridge, there is one spot where the trail splits at a trail marker. It just had a number on it. If you take the left trail, that will take you to Squaw Peak. If you take the right, that trail takes you to Rock Canyon Campground (where there are bathrooms).

There are two running water fountains on the trail you can use to refill water bottles.

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7 days ago

Hiked up to the campground. Lots of water. It is a bit rocky in some places but has nice shaded areas and a good incline to keep your heart rate up. Only passed a couple people on the way up.

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18 days ago

Beautiful hike, however, it's extremely rocky. I hiked for a little over 3 hours on rocks the entire time. I'm glad I did it, but I doubt I'll do it again.

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23 days ago

Lots of water in the creek. Great workout.

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29 days ago

Beautiful and a bit steep but it is worth the hike. One of the best around.

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1 month ago

Trail is rocky, and the views you don't get to see till you go back down or turn around. Still fun and easy.

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1 month ago

A pretty diverse hike. Rocks, wooded shady area for about the second half, and an excellent view near the campground. I would bring water even with the water fountains.

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