Explore the most popular forest 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.

Tough hike. I took my 10 year old daughter on her first overnight backpacking trip. This was definitely a tough hike. Great fishing.

We followed the AllTrails directions and ended up 1.8 miles from the trail head. We started walking and realized there was a road below the trail we were on - so circled back to the car and followed the map and ended ip at the right trailhead. The hike is hard because it is so steep. Views are beautiful and the lake is Amazing. not a hike for beginners, this one kicked our butts. But now one of our favorites! .

Amazing views that are usually shaded, you have dirt bikes on the trail as well as horses.
Great hike for larger dogs; some parts get a bit steep but it’s well worth it.
You’ll come to a point close to Tibble Fork where a sign points to the trail, of you go the opposite direction you come out by the dam at Tibble Fork.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun Area! Great views and nice trail.

Great secluded hike! I will be going back with a fishing pole.

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery with a few fun spots to maneuver on the trail

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
5 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

scenic driving
7 months ago

A few years ago this was a great trail. The Rock Crawlers have chewed it up so bad ATVs now get beaten up trying to get over the large boulders . Makes a good hiking trail but we (ATV'S) lost a good trail from misuse. It was to be a 40 inch only but managers didn't do a good job of management.

hiking
10 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 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.

off road driving
11 months ago

This trail is misrepresented by All Trails. It's not easy, especially the first ~1/4 mile and it's pretty heavily trafficked, not moderately trafficked. Don't get me wrong; it's a blast though. Lake is fun. Kiddos like to catch salamanders there.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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!!!

fishing
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Started the hike around 0630. The creek to the trailhead is low so driving to the trailhead was no problem, just took it slow to avoid "bottoming out" in my AWD Durango. The hike is short (thank Baby Jesus) but quite steep and their is a good stretch of loose rocks which makes it a difficult to gain traction. I started early to avoid the heat of the sun but by the time i made it to the lake the sun was in full swing. There are plenty areas for shade around the lake which made fishing very comfortable. I caught about 10 small beautiful Brook Trout, about 8 to 12 inches, using yellow power bait and garlic flavored paste (they seemed to hit on that every cast). Action was constant but seemed to be only small trout which made it difficult to set the hook, but a great time and well worth the effort. oh yeah, forgot to mention the breathtaking views and beauty of the area. We had a moose hang out in the lake with us all day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

not a hiking trail more for motor bike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great hike! Although you definitely need a jeep or similar to access the trailhead

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tough hike. Did it today. Had the lake to ourselves.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great hike, I was looking for solitude and I got it. I didn't see a single person on trail. It was hard to find the trailhead due to the river running down the road. So if you are going anytime soon (as of 06/29/17) remember to cross the river as soon as possible. You can drive across it. Very steep, and rocky at first. Even though this is a shorter hike plan on several hours. The dirt road is long and very rough. Don't take a car.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! I did this hike last fall and it was one of my favorites! Off-roading was so much fun (to get to the trailhead) and although it was a pretty steep incline to get to the top, it was so worth it. Very peaceful, and beautiful crystal clear water.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Good trail, lots of trees to provide shade for most of the trail. There was a nice little stream adjacent to the trail. Too many motorcyclists on the trail.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This is a beautiful hike with a great lake. There is a lot of elevation gain. I haven't had much success fishing here but I have seen people catch them.
We saw 3 moose the last time we went there. There is an old miner's cabin that is still standing, however, not all the walls are intact.
Make sure that you use the GPS coordinates to find the trailhead. You have to drive through a shallow creek bed before you enter into the parking lot. You will also want a vehicle with high clearance to get there. The road is very narrow for about 1/3 of a mile where it is hard for two vehicles to pass each other. There is a rock wall on one side and a cliff on the other side. I prefer to travel from Tibblefork reservoir to the trailhead on an ATV.
The hike is definitely worth it.

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I parked at Pine Hollow Trailhead since the road was blocked, then picked up this trail about 1.3 miles in. Absolutely gorgeous views! From the Pine Hollow trail head to the 157 summit was a lil over 4 miles, out and back, approx 8.2 miles which took a lil over 4 hrs.

pretty hike and saw some moose running in the rain on our drive down.

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