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 moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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
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!!
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.
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
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.
should NOT be rated "moderate"! definitely deserves "hard" rating. Slate canyon is straight up and rocky. No satisfaction in this hike.
Went up the slate canyon side. Steep incline most the way up. Lots of shade but absolutely no water! Pack lots of water (3 L person). Not great for dogs (rocky, no water). Came down the Y. Would recommend starting early and going up the y so that you are hiking in shade in the hotter parts of the day.
Hiked the loop clockwise from the Slide Canyon (Y) Trailhead. The trails starts out with 9 switchbacks until it get to the top of the "Y" then heads south to Slide Canyon. It climbs steeply most of the trail. In the upper section the trail goes through lush forest with thick undergrowth. At the top of the loop the trail breaks out of the trees for views of nearby mountings. The decent down slate creek is very very steep in a few places. after a short distance the single track trail becomes an old road.
There are some really steep parts, but it's gorgeous.
slate Canyon is one of those well worth hikes beautiful scenery and the rocks are absolutely gorgeous