Slate Canyon Loop Trail

HARD 40 reviews

Slate Canyon Loop Trail is a 8.7 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3559 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

horseback riding

river

views

no dogs

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

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Nice loop. Fairly quick ascend. I would categorize it more as moderate. Beautiful views from the top just before descending down to the "Y".

11 days ago

17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is one of my favorites. Although parts of it aren't totally glamorous, if you go during the right time of the year its just gorgeous. In June the mint fields and flowers are in full bloom on the backside of the Maple Mountain.

Starting at the Slate Canyon trailhead you'll follow a decently steep trail and a fork to the left to arrive at a gorgeous meadow that is a nice spot for a break and lunch. There are some natural springs near the meadow that are tapped and the water coming out of them has tested more pure than my city water (do you own testing). The pipes seem to only run during spring runoff though, so I wouldn't totally depend on it.

Immediately after the meadow will begin the steepest part of the climb to the backside of Maple Mountain. Near the top of the climb, you will pass many wildflowers and mint fields. This will curve around Maple Mountain and slowly descend near Y mountain through some old growth trees. Descending there is gorgeous until you break out onto the face of Y mountain. The descent near the Y is the least fun part of the hike, but overall its worth it for the gorgeous vistas and the small amounts of traffic.

1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

The Shoreline trail is a nice ride, but fairly flat with no shade. The canyon trail is way too steep to have an enjoyable ride. I bike a fair amount and this was just way too steep on the way up to enjoy. It's beautiful, but there are certainly better trails for biking.

2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

Not the best place for mountain biking. There is a trail where you can get a view of the whole town. But it's short.

hiking
3 months ago

birding
3 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I started on the left side and about a mile in there is a patch of rocks to the left right before the trail curves right. I took a seat to have a snack and in just the few minutes I was sitting there I saw two rattle snakes!! Be careful if you have children playing around up there because the snakes hid perfectly - one under a rock and the other under a pile of smaller rocks. The area looked like the perfect place to bring a picnic, but after seeing the two I definitely don't think so anymore! I very easily could see a kid playing around in that area and getting bitten. That side of the trail is quite steep and I didn't expect kids to be on it, but to my surprise, there was a kid around 4/5yo up there with his mom so ya never know. Aside from that, it was beautiful!!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice, relatively tough trail. A few things to note as of 9/4,

- Saw an extremely large full-grown Bull Moose near the apex of the hike, on the back side. We were within 30 feet of it and was watching us intently. We instantly turned around and went back down our approach, unfortunately.
- Autumn colors are very prevalent.
- If you're heading East up Slate Canyon (vs north towards Side Canyon) about 3 miles in there will be an unmarked split path, go to the left to continue with the loop. If you reach a campground and a rather steep pitch you're on the right track.

hiking
9 months ago

I would also agree this one would deserve a hard steeper than you think it's going to be but definitely worth doing just to say you've done it once

10 months ago

Not a great hike. One side is Y mountain--busy sandy switchbacks. The other is a steep-ish trail covered in dry, sandy dirt with varying amounts of slate rock on top. In between is a wooded stretch. Sounds nice, but the trail was almost overgrown with shoulder-high grasses and plants. And the grasses and plants are full of bugs.

The views and scenery are spectacular, however. So if you're willing to pay the price to get in, out, and through, that is not a bad payoff.

You'll be in the sun most of the hike unless you go in the early morning.

If you go up the Y-side first, it's a longer total uphill but you get the drab and hot Bonneville trail and Y mountain section behind you early. If you come down the Y side, just keep in mind it is steep switchbacks and unprotected from the sun.

If you go up the Slate side first, it feels like a very long uphill on what can be relatively unstable footing. Saving the Slate side for last means, potentially, a lot of slipping and sliding on your way down. You may want poles to aid in stability if that's a concern.

hiking
10 months ago

should NOT be rated "moderate"! definitely deserves "hard" rating. Slate canyon is straight up and rocky. No satisfaction in this hike.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago