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

Mileage is wrong. Less than 4 miles. Lots of rocks to slow you down if you are running. Amazing vistas at the top and a couple nearby lakes to cool you down.

hiking
8 days ago

Trail is called Willow Hollow.
Short hike. of .75 miles from the Alpine Loop Road to the main trail head of several other trails at high elevation.
The trail begins and seems very narrow like a bike route. After about 10 yards it opens up into a good hiking trail. Though short it is about half shaded. Leading into Quaking Aspen Groves with butterflies, wildflowers, and great views of the surrounding mountains.
there is some road noise, because you never really get far away from the Loop Road. Whoever left all of the beer bottles and devastation at an improvised campsite should definitely be arrested.
The parking areas to pull off large enough for two cars or one large truck with a trailer.

This was a cool and difficult hike. The climbs to the peak were definitely difficult and we stopped a few times for water and to catch our breath. The view from the second peak is beyond gorgeous! Great views of the 2 or 3 lakes that we were near. We actually ended up scrambling down from the second peak towards the lake and then went to the trail that led to Bloods Lake. However, even if we did the loop that was specified, it would not have been 10 mikes. The hike, at most, is 5.5 miles round trip.

Easy, paved trail. Lots of signs with trail directions. Very pretty.

hiking
14 days ago

My fiancé proposed to me at the top! It seemed he had superhero energy climbing up and I guess now I know why! We had the whole place to ourselves and it was magical.

Super pretty, a very steep climb to the top! Bring bug repellent in the summer.

as of early May, trail closed to vehicles. So sad.

Lots of trails/service roads in the area, numerous routes to these destinations.

hiking
28 days ago

I really loved this trail! Before you even get to the trailhead you have a rocky road and then a stream or two to drive through. Then it’s about a 39 degree incline over a mostly boulder covered trail. Great views all the way up. Once you reach the top it’s well worth it. We hiked this in early June and didn’t see a single person while on the actual trail. It was slightly chilly once we reached the very top but not terrible. I wish we had had more time to climb up the boulder hill and check things out a bit more once at the lake. I will definitely be going back to stay the night sometime. Take a hammock and a small dingy to float around in once up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Follows a service road to the top of the Jupiter Ski Lift

backpacking
1 month ago

This is one of the most beautiful I know of. The hike is a stair stepper but the pay off at the end is so worth it. It you hike up to the ridges above the lake you are looking down on the back side of snowbird. I can’t recommend this hike enough. Typically we hammock when we camp up here. Camping spots are limited.

1 month ago

beautiful, great for strolling and leisurely enjoying nature

hiking
1 month ago

Recommend practicing for this hike on a stair master, well worth the effort.
https://youtu.be/-AF72wwRK40

We've taken the kids a couple of times. Nice easy little nature walk.

Simple, paved - the dogs loved it.

mountain biking
4 months ago

One of my all time favorite alpine trails. It has some steep climbs and extremely fun downhill sections!

Start on ridge-157 and make your way back in the Elk Camp trail. It makes for the perfect loop that’s challenging and rewarding with some great views. Occasionally you might run into some wild like - deer, elk, and especially moose (see photos)

Can see Heber Valley, Brighton ski resort from the top

Hiked the trail today with the dog. Had the area to myself and was able to get it in before the rain. Great views and not too steep.

Very easy paved trail, my kids loved all the bridges. Went this past weekend, and while still pretty, the fall colors are mostly all gone. It wasn't very crowded when we went which was nice. It is quite a drive to get there and I'm not sure it was worth such a long drive.

Very pretty, also very short. We were done and back to our car in about 30 minutes.

A lot tougher than expected... but amazing views at sunset!

hiking
9 months ago

RIDGE TRAIL 157 LOOP

From the Alpine Loop Summit parking area, start hiking on the Lame Horse Trail. You come to a trail junction quickly (.1 mile). Go left at the junction, taking the South Fork Little Deer Creek Trail 252 downhill in the aspens. The trail comes to a road and stop sign. Cross the road to the trail post. At .60 miles you come to the first of many meadows. The trail descends for 1.6 miles and crosses Deer Creek. Today this was really just wooden walkways with no water running underneath. The next landmark is the Cascade Scenic Drive Highway. The unmarked trail continues directly across the highway. From the highway, the trail starts up for the ridgeline in a sagebrush meadow. You leave the meadow for an aspen grove, then scrub oaks and finally conifers near the top. At 3 miles, the trail open up and smooths out to spectacular views of Mount Timpanogos. You arrive at the ridgeline and trail junction. Go left on Ridge Trail 157. Don't take the trail heading downhill. This section takes you to the highest point and the trail drops to the junction for Mud Springs. At this junction and all other junctions, stay to the left. Stay on Ridge Trail 157. The trail takes you back to the Summit parking area. Other users on the trail are mountain bikes and motorcycles. This is a beautiful loop hike with diverse terrain!

Directions: In Utah County, take Highway 92 (Alpine Loop Road) up American Fork Canyon or Sundance Canyon. Drive to the summit and park at the Summit trailhead.

Destination: Loop views
Difficulty: Moderate
Round trip: 6.5 miles
Hiking time: 2.5 hrs

This is by no means hiking. It's all on a wooden, man built trail that allows you to walk over the springs. It's like what they built in Yellowstone. It's a lovely walk though and very peaceful. We even spotted wild turkeys!

Nice evening walk to take with the kids and dog. Weeknights are perfect

Easy trail , lots of wildflowers and running waters.
I dug my feet in the water and it was freezing.
I did this trail last year.

hiking
10 months ago

I only gave this 3 stars because the "trail" is really just a service road and I'm sorry but that is very different from a trail. The view from the top is beautiful though. Parking is very limited because of Blood lake Trail across the street, which is very popular. Go early, this is a very exposed hike.

This hike is steep and rocky. I wouldn't recommend it for beginner hikers. The lake at the top was gorgeous, along with the views along the way. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had brought my fishing pole.

Very easy nature walk. I love the diverse ecosystem here and all the signage identifying the various plants and trees.

Very steep for the majority of this hike. The rocks are incredibly loose and would not recommend this for beginners or kids. The lake was beautiful and the drive was fun, but man oh man, it's steep!!!

horseback riding
11 months ago

Took 3 horses on this trail went This is a great trail for anytime of the day. As you get further up it gets better and cooler. We rode almost all the way up Dutch Canyon to the other side. I would have given more stars if only this trail, with all the other converging trails, was not so confusing.

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