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Slate Canyon Loop Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Provo, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 3,349 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

River

Views

No dogs

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Slate Canyon Loop Trail begins at the mouth of Slate Canyon and loops to Slide Canyon to the north. The complete loop is about 8.4 miles but the trail makes a great out and back trail for Slate Canyon or Slide Canyon

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Reviews (162)
Photos (550)
Recordings (103)
Completed (331)
Abigail K.
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Hiking

Good, next time I wouldn’t do the loop. I would just hike up to the summit I tried to go to (I didn’t make it bc I wasn’t sure it would ever peak) and then turn around and come back down that same trail. The beginning was beautiful but the last half of the loop was just not as enjoyable. You connect to Y mountain trail and then you hike along the city line for the last few miles and at least for me it wasn’t as enjoyable. I would rather be surrounded by nature the whole time without a trace of the city.

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Devon Child
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HikingOver grown

I really enjoyed the single track connecting Slate and Slide canyons.

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Kelsey Redd
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HikingOver grown

Did the Slate Canyon Loop with a quick detour up Y mountain. The trails were beautiful, pretty shady, but slightly overgrown.

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Brandon Hunsaker
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Challenging and steep beginning but very beautiful once you get about 1 to 2 miles into the loop. Either wear bug spray or keep moving quickly because there were lots of flys once you get a couple miles in but the foliage, meadows, rock outcroppings and views are all majestic and beautiful. It is a bit long so if you want to shorten it you could have someone parked at the y mountain trailhead to save you the last two miles which are just along the Bonneville Shoreline trail which isn't that scenic compared to the rest of the loop. Trail was overgrown with tall grass in areas of higher elevation probay between the 3.5 mile to 5 mile spot.

Andrew Munson
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Hiking

Hiked around Maple Mountain with a few detours. Used Slate Canyon trail to Slide Canyon trail and returned on Bonneville Shoreline trail. Easy to moderate.

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meredith davis
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Hiking

Love this trail, love exploring around side trails, saw a rattle snake, wanted to come out of rock canyon but couldn’t find a trail coming out that side of the Y

Alison Moss
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Hiking

This hike is the Slate Canyon loop. Up Slate and down Slide canyon until you join with the Y trail and take the switchbacks all the way down. Other reviews have talked about going down Rock Canyon but that isn’t this particular trail. Once you get to the Bonneville shoreline trail, it’s a good mile or more back to the trailhead. It was a gorgeous trail with awesome views and very low traffic until we got to the Y. From there back to the trailhead was a bit of a slog with no shade. We clocked 9.6 miles.

Nic Haws
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Mountain bikingBugsOver grown

I attempted to mountain bike this one because it was rated for mountain biking. Bad idea! It was not too mountain bike friendly. Granted, I'm not an expert biker, but it still seemed quite difficult to ride. I ended up walking/carrying my bike a good portion of it. very beautiful and scenic trail otherwise. Will most likely hike it in the future.

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meredith davis
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Hiking

It was still snowy last time o did this hike, shouldn’t be snowy anymore

Collin Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, water source about 3.5 miles in. Had a lot of fun backpacking and camping on this trail.

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Travis Allred
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Hiking

30yr old 290 male decent shape but not winning any awards. Carrying 23 lb baby in osprey. This hike is challenging but not crazy. We did 2 miles up and down, no loop for us today, four miles total. Beautiful mountain. Will do again. No crowd Thursday morning.

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Dacey Barnes
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Hiking

Hiked from Slate Canyon to Rock Canyon. Slate is pretty steep and mostly unshaded so going up was definitely the most arduous part. Once at the summit, the trail is mostly flat for several miles and surrounded by aspens, pines and other trees. I think I used the words marvelous and extraordinary to describe some of the views at the top. We chose the perfect week because it hasn’t gotten unbearably hot outside and there was no snow on the trail (some snow still visible higher on mountains). Even though the trail going up is quite steep and the elevation gets pretty high, the trail is very well maintained and easy to walk on. I honestly thought this would take a bit longer so I was surprised when we started the descent into Rock Canyon. This was of course the easiest part as RC is not very steep and the trails are wide. I definitely will come back sometime to camp at one of the sites near the summit.

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Davey Morin
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Hiking

Snowed on us a bit this morning, but easy to hike and little of any old snow on the ground. The trail descending the back ridge on the Slate Canyon side is muddy as ever—recommend going UP Slide Canyon and DOWN Slate Canyon for this reason.

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Steven Christenson
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HikingRocky

Absolutely loved hiking the trail, but not a good trail for inexperienced hikers. We started at Slate Canyon and took the running trail up past the Y to Rock Canyon. Once you reach the turn off in Rock Canyon the trail becomes overgrown and steep— very steep. After you summit the walk back down is nice, but about 3-4 of the trail is an uphill slog.

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Rob Evans
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Garrett Fontaine
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Did last week. was a fun hike but definitely not the most spectacular. Most of the snow is melted except a 1/2 mile patch on the far east sife of the loop.

Braden Messick
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HikingSnow

This was a beautiful hike and would recommend if you have snow shoes right now. If you don’t I’d wait til later in the season it’s pretty deep on the backside.

Mason Ming
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A little after turning to the North the trail was difficult to follow. We tried to stay on track with the GPS, but it led us about 100 or so feet to the west of the actual trail. We eventually got back on trail by following the snow tracks. Otherwise the backside of the trail is beautiful. Lots of evergreens and aspens. Still plenty of snow to fall through also.

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Tyler Jensen
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Hiking

04-20-20 - I did the loop starting in slate canyon at about Noon. I did bring snowshoes and I found them useful. There was snow about 1 mile before the Slide Canyon Trail turnoff to Provo Peak. The snow continued until about 1/10 of mile past the turnoff for the top of Y Mountain. It was very pretty hike.

Jordan Johnson
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HikingIcySnow

04/04/20 - This is a great hike to get in early in the morning! There was absolutely no one on the Slate canyon side when my wife and I started around 6:30am. We had to start walking on a snow covered trail about 1.5 mi in. Before sun rise, the snow pack is very firm and we were able to walk right on top without microspikes or other equipment. We reached the summit of this loop just as the sun hit the trail. The views of Provo peak and the surrounding area were breathtaking! There were a few slippery spots coming down the Slide canyon side because of the heavier traffic that trail sees. We didn't see anyone until we reached the top of the Y. There is a wonderful network of trails back behind Y Mountain and Maple Mountain that is worth exploring, especially when the snow is melted. I think it will be mid-May when all the trails are uncovered. These two canyons can also connect to Rock Canyon for another amazing loop.

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Trevor Arndt
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HikingIcySnow

super fun and awesome and snowy up top, but made it through and was well worth it

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Christine Center
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Unable to complete yesterday due to the amount of snow. The tracks were covered, make it hard to see/follow the trail.

Becca Pope
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