South Fork Kays Creek

MODERATE 4 reviews

South Fork Kays Creek is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Layton, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 856 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




no shade
over grown
washed out
7 days ago

This was short but a tough trail to climb. Not much shade as you get off the fern woods trail head, good for spring or fall time since you’re exposed to the sun most of the way. As you progress through the trail you have to look closely for the trail, many parts are overgrown and you can lose sight of it. When you get toward the top it’s a scramble to get up to the rock where the trail ends. Take it slow and easy because there are loose rocks on the trail and I had to almost crawl to get to the top. There are beautiful views of the valley, nice sounds of the river and during cooler months there is a nice breeze to combat the heat of the sun. When I went there were lots of yellow jackets so be aware of them flying around. Not sure I would take little kids on this hike unless they are experienced hikers.

over grown
5 months ago

This was not the hardest hike on earth, but it’s probably the hardest “moderate” hike. The first half is not too bad, but once you get toward the top, it becomes very steep. There are points where it’s all fours, and coming down is a lot of controlled slides. Note: turn left before the bridge or you wind up on another trail (which is much better maintained and much gentler around the base of the hills). View from the top is spectCular, especially looking down the other side. There’s some cool rock formations at the top that you can’t see from the bottom. You can see from the recorded routes that it’s easy to get waylaid on the way down. Good news is there’s cell signal all the way so you can keep an eye on whether you’ve lost the trail via the AllTrails map. But it’s easy to veer too far left coming down, toward the river. When in doubt, stay more right.

7 months ago

Snowy conditions. Mostly game trail without about a foot of snow. If you go across a bridge then you’ve gone too far and are headed to the Bonneville shoreline trail. Great view up top with cool jagged cliff sides. Highly recommend

recorded Kays

Friday, September 04, 2015

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