Explore the most popular birding trails near Layton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

this is a gem of a trail. cross over a bridge, the trail is obviously used because it's a nice trail but we only ran into 4 people on a lower trail.
the trail has switch backs mixed with straight to give you a break from the small incline. great trail, I'll totally be doing this one again. Did see a few rattlesnakes, but nothing too scary.

nice short boardwalk adventure, recommend going early morning or evening, middle of the hot day barely any wildlife. late summer seems like the marsh waters are pretty low as well. not a lot of cover so being water and sunscreen. pavilion is awesomely built.

walking
1 month ago

Good walk. 4.5 miles round trip. Paved, well maintained. Mostly flat with one good short uphill section. Have done this walk numerous times.

hiking
1 month ago

Utah Conservation Corp is currently creating a dirt trail that T's in near the paved end at Hobbs Reservoir. They've cleared quite a distance already on the East side, plus putting in log stairs in spots. We were fortunate to talk with 5 of them and thank them for doing this. They said they will continue working on that section for a couple more weeks & the goal is to complete it around the reservoir next year. It was our first time hiking Kays Creek and that was a delightful discovery. Along that shaded dirt section it was fun to hear the bull frogs bleating loud & see the rope swing with the 'Beware of Octopus' sign. We accessed from Canyon View TH off Hwy 193. The paved section past that point was nearly level & had yummy ripe cherries & plums in easy reach. Another unexpected bonus... so after, went to a fruit stand and bought some great local cherries.

Easy Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Hearing the birds and seeing all the beautiful mountains is very peaceful here. Be careful of the tower, there's lots of wasps.

Love this!

walking
2 months ago

This is an easy hike with paved roads. Depending on which way you go, it could be a little more difficult. It’s great for kids and dogs.

trail running
2 months ago

was an easy walk. I could use the stroller, my son that is 2 could run around. didn't have to worry much of rivers. there are spots here and there my son liked to hide and play in. there were runners here and there.

hiking
2 months ago

I give this hike one star for several reasons. Very first thing is the trailhead is very difficult to find. There is no trail marker and the trailhead looks like no more than a small game path. Second the entire trail is very overgrown, lack of foot traffic and trail maintenance. This makes the trail very difficult to follow. We almost lost the trail entirely a few times, I would recommend long pants because you’ll be bush whacking most of it. And last but not least, the trail should be rated moderate/hard. It’s VERY steep most of the way up and the trail is mostly comprised of loose broken shale. .

Really beautiful trail. Nostalgic.

Short walk on a boardwalk over the marshy shoreline of the GSL. Saw numerous birds, loved the watchtower. Great place for kids. Don't forget your binoculars.

walking
4 months ago

Not a hike. Nice place for a level stroll or bike ride. Love the architecture of the pavilion, the little fact boards along the way, and the observation tower in the middle of the marsh, which is one of my new favorite places. Though the spring migration is underway, not many birds around yet. Lots of cows, though, including one that had gotten around the fence to greet visitors on the trail and take a dump on the boardwalk. There were some bugs around the observation area, but not enough to bother me. No shade, but the day was cool and cloudy enough that I didn't require a hat.

extremely easy, hooks up with Adams canyon trail only one real Hill.

I drove to the trail-head location shown in the app. I could see the trail, but there was a sign (see photo) stating this trail-head can only be used by Tanglewood residents and all others must either use Adam's Canyon trail-head or one in Kayesville. I drove to Adam's Canyon and followed several small trails hoping they would lead back to the Webb Canyon Trail. You have to get into Adam's Canyon and take the turn onto the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that crosses the bridge. I didn't make it very far, but will update my review when I do. I just wanted to save others the hassle of going to a private trail-head. (03/13/2018)

hiking
6 months ago

Quaint and pleasant with lovely views of the mountains

Again I ask, who rates these trails? What’s the criteria? Somehow a “moderate” got hung on this?
When it is beyond easy. It’s easy, easy. It is paved, folks! It’s golf-cart wide. It only ascends briefly and nothing like bad. Maybe tougher on moms pushing a stroller, but jeeze, nothing to get “moderate” about. Otherwise, the reservoir at the end is really nice. It allows fishing, and isn’t afar walk, so packing some fishing stuff in to wet a line might prove worth it. It’s a pleasant enough walk/semi-hike.

walking
8 months ago

Took my 8&10 year old daughters they liked it until we reached the steep incline but for me I loved it. Burned major calories as well that’s ALWAYS a plus!!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Paved road... more for running, than hiking. Also constant view of Homes takes the feel of the hike away.

Nice trail to go on in the fall. Follows the stream up the mountain, has great views. Eventually had to turn around at an area with a rock slide, couldn’t find the tail after it. I was on the trail for a couple hours and didn’t see anyone else.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful on a fall day! At the trailhead, we went left and headed east toward Hobb's Reservoir. At the fork, we went right and gently wound up to the Reservoir. It was a little steep, but the kids did fine. We got the WIA permit online and explored a bit around Hobb's Pond. Then we followed the trail to its end. I would have given this 5 Stars if the Reservoir had been visible for more of the hike. As it was, you could see it at the WIA Access points or barely glimpse it through the trees. But the fall foliage was gorgeous, and I can see us coming again with fishing poles!

mountain biking
10 months ago

We fat biked this trail in the winter when it was full of snow and then we did it again during the summer with our road bikes. Beautiful views of the marsh lands and the birds.

Taking the right path is the best for seniors and kids, the left path has inclines, not really recommended for seniors and young kids.

I love being away from traffic! Beautiful landscape! See wildlife every once in awhile!

Once you leave the BST this trail is STEEP. Sage and scrub oak are encroaching on the trail so pants are recommended. Up to the fork before the tin cabin the trail is easily followed and has orange ties periodically. Back on the main trail after the cabin the trail grows difficult to follow and the ties stop from what I could see but it should continue for about 1.5 more miles ending at the Great Western Trail.

This is a great little walk in a beautiful setting. We learned a lot about the millions of birds who use it as a refueling stop during their long migrations from the signs along the way. The observation tower was our favorite part. Easy for little ones, strollers, or wheelchairs.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

omg so beautifu and relaxing.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Excellent contribution to the preservation of nature. Location is in our backyards (Syracuse, Layton, Kaysville). Very accessible. Within 2 minutes you can see the marshlands without signs of civilization. True, they did cut down a forest to provide the elevated walking path that is so beautiful. The observatory is very serene and peaceful. Throughout the trail are information signs on local birds, insects, amphibians, etc. Very beautiful and just a turn off of Gentile street.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

This trail looked like it was going to be great but once we finally found it there was too much overgrowth to get through without a machete. Based on previous reviews I assume its been growing in slowly and now it's just not usable until some brave soul clears it out.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

AllTrails needs to fix the part where it says it's a "loop" as the whole trail does not loop, just a small southern section of it,so you are constantly turning around to find the next piece of trail. Gorgeous and shaded, lots of benches and informational plaques. Some parts can be steep, so be careful. Paved the whole way so stroller accessible.

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