Taylor Canyon Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews

Taylor Canyon Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Parking is on the street at the top of 27th st. Lock your cars.

8 days ago

My knees may never forgive me for this one. I mean, they still aren't talking to me...

Park right near the trailhead on 27th Street, we entered the trail through the left (north) gate. Note there are signs on the street that say no night parking (10 pm - 6 am).

The trail is clearly marked as you begin to head up. Just follow signs for Upper Taylor Canyon. I read on these comments to stay left, so here's exactly what happens when you do: ^_^ Keep following the trail as marked. The first place we got confused was when it looked like there might be a fork, but wasn't. (It looks like you could maybe continue straight, but that trails peters out.) There's a long skinny log to kind of prevent you from going straight, but it runs in the same direction as that non-trail, so that was a little confusing. You'll actually take a right over a wide, dry (Aug. 7, 2018) creek bed and follow up the trail here. You won't see water anywhere at this point (though small streams are in other areas). The first fork, take a left. You'll walk over rocks on a small creek with water (shoes don't get wet.) Hornets are out by the water! Don't worry, just walk calmly past them over the rocks. They won't bother you. Keep a'goin and there will be another fork. We stayed left again. You'll eventually come out into sun, but keep climbing and you'll find shaded areas again. There *IS* a destination here! We kept going, over a couple of rockways, into a skinny trail in the trees that narrows but is fun. There are some steep parts. You'll know you've "made it" when the trail opens to a tree surrounded by flat rock and several mounds of rocks as well. From here you'll get a great view of the valley below. We took about 2 hrs up, plus a 30 min lunch break along the trail. About 1.5 hrs back. Total time, 4 hrs.

But... beware!!!! If you have slight knee trouble going downhill, do not -- I repeat: DO NOT -- do this trail. Or at least, maybe don't go past that last fork. It took us so long to get back down because the descent was so steady (which was awesome going up, but a terror going down) and it hurt my *ahem, not even 30 yr old* knees like crazy. Also... you know that feeling when your toes shove into the front of your shoe because the hill is too steep?? Eesh! That too.

The trail itself is awesome! (4 stars here!) It's mostly shaded, it's not busy, you feel like you're right in nature and not on any man-made trail.... I'm glad we got to experience this. But oof. Personally, I wouldn't do this again just because the downhill was so brutal. (Knocked down to 3 stars.) I recommend trying it, especially if your knees are young and spry! :D It's pretty out here.

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1 month ago

My husband and I completed this hike on June 19 with Scout dog.

This trail was mostly shaded, and had a moderately steep incline the entire way.

At one point, we might have taken a wrong turn, because we never made it to a waterfall or an overlook. According to the app, we were still on the trail, and we made it to the "end," but it was just a random clearing in the middle of the canyon. So maybe we should've kept going?

Oh well. A decent, but not spectacular, hike.

2 months ago

I love this hike. The scenery is amazing.

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2 months ago

great trail, shady most the way, not alot of people.

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2 months ago

Taylor Canyon was so beautiful! Maybe my favorite hike now. Wildflowers, a cool fort, easy stream crossings, almost all shade, steady incline, quiet, and peaceful.

3 months ago

Hiked with family. Did not get to the top, but beautiful canyon with shade and stream!

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4 months ago

Pretty hike. Incline the whole way up, crossed the creek three or four times. The trail is marked pretty good until last part (last sign reads upper Taylor canyon) after that you follow the trail up. I followed the trail up but there was a fork in the path and I went left instead of right and it took me toward the overlook, so I didn’t see a waterfall at the end but I saw a gorgeous canyon view. It was beautiful but kind of scary since I went on a super windy day and I was up pretty high, lol :)

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4 months ago

Great trail! We didn't quite make it to the end, due to the ground getting pretty soft and unstable, but others did it! It is possible! Wonderful canyon hike to get away from civilization.

6 months ago

Beautiful but the waterfall was pretty insignificant on the trail. Nothing like Adam’s canyon or waterfall canyon.

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8 months ago

A bit isolated, I went over the weekend and after the split to Malan’s peak I was the only person on the trail. I’m not sure if I actually found the end, I got to a point where the trail split and both forks looked to dead end within 200 feet, but someone else here says it ends in a clearing. Not too difficult, I only hit one relatively steep stretch up towards the end.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail.

10 months ago

Great scenery. Peaceful.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

maybe I took a few wrong turns but the end point was just a clearing. other than that the hike had some good views and mostly shaded.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great hike! Good mix of easy and hard areas of the trail. Good scenery and along the creek for a portion of it.

We only saw one other person on the trail after the split of Malan's peak. Great for dogs. Bring bug spray! Mostly shaded.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great Hike. Lots of shade in the morning. If taking kids just know the trail is narrow in some spots. Lots of rocks.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Starting ether at the 27th street or 22nd street parking area go up Taylor canyon after passing the second wood bridge the trail starts up rather steeply , there's an awesome rocky overhand With a fire pit , garbage can and area to rest and kick back for awhile .
Continue up the path scrambling at times trail forks stay right .. Left side goes to the hidden valley trail .
Keeping right you reach a cool fort / camp area trail finally ends at the scrub brush ..
Do not know why it ends there but if you stop at the fort your doing yourself a a favor . Now head back

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Taylor Canyon is an old-time favorite of mine. I've hiked it many times over the years solo, and with friends. Ogden City has done a great job in keeping it maintained, and posting signage to keep you aware of which trail you are on (there are several different routes you come across throughout that lead you to various different trails, so it's helpful to know just where you are going). Lots of dogs on this trail, so if you take your own, be sure to keep them on a leash (and please pick up their poopies!!). Can be completed in 2-3 hours from start to finish. Take a bottle or two of water to stay hydrated, but you are in shade for most of the hike.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Beautiful hike! Challenging. Only crossed a few others on the trail.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Great hike a lot of cover not to hot

Thursday, July 07, 2016

There is beautiful scenery and relatively low traffic on this trail. It actually extends far past where the map shows and puts determined hikers up on the side of the canyon opposite Malan's peak. The view is fantastic, but water is scarce, and the trail is very rugged above the treeline.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Good hike the trail was somewhat difficult to find at the end. I did enjoy the fact that it was shaded most of the way . Will try and do the complete loop starting at hidden valley this fall .

Sunday, June 12, 2016

If you can do Adam's Canyon, you can do this one. It's a beautiful hike with not many people finishing it. It does connect with Hidden Valley but you'll get lost once or twice. My Black Lab loved it and would gladly recommend it. Also, I suggest parking at the 29th street Trail Head and on the way back walking the scenic route. Beautiful views up and down the mountains and of the cities below.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Beautiful trail. You can now go quite a bit further then you use to. I heard it leads to Hidden valley if you take it all the way. I would love to hear from anyone that has taken it that far and let me know if you can make a loop or if you have to go there and back.

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