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

Did this going up to Dog Lake and did Little the last .5 miles down. It was a great hike, nice and cool. BUT for the love people: clean up after your dogs. Bag the poo and take the poo out.

Be aware that the whole thing is uphill. Definitely kicked my butt! The view is very worth it and there are two smaller lakes you can get to at the top. Also, keep a look out for moose by the lakes, we were lucky and saw one!

We went in the evening and saw a moose! Beautiful hike with incredible views the whole way.

hiking
2 days ago

One of my favorite quick hikes. We started late afternoon around 7 we got to lake Mary then kept going to Lake Martha and saw 4 Bull Moose!!! It was amazing! Then on the way down we ran into another one walking in front of us on the trail just before Dog lake.

Beautiful hike with lots of shade. If you hike on an even day there are lots of mountain bikes. Go early on the weekend because parking fills quickly. By 10 AM they were ticketing folks who parked illegally.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with awesome views. A bit dusty, but it's been dry.

For a bit longer hike and some great views, start at Silver Lake, up to Twin Lakes, and then over to Lake Mary. From there, out to the trailhead. It’s a quick road walk back to the Silver Lake parking. This provides a nice loop of about 4 miles and adds in some great views between Lake Mary and Twin Lakes.

hiking
4 days ago

Very good, very hard hike. The top is one of the most beautiful hiking spots I've ever seen, but only 4 stars because the trail itself does not have much in the way of views until you get almost to the top. The top makes up for it quite a bit, though! And you can camp up there!! Maybe next time!

hiking
4 days ago

Views are beautiful and the flowers are stunning as you walk up the trail. However, we went around 7pm and there were so many bugs we had to start running down. Three of us went on the hike and ended with at least 10 mosquito bites a piece. Might be worth it to endure the heat rather than a night hike, but still my favorite view.

Hard and worth it

This hike is not anything close to being as enjoyable as it used to be. The first two thirds of the gradual winding elevation following a babbling brook and shaded by tall pine trees has been blocked and rerouted to a miserable straight up the hill (providing no Sun) path looking more like a Jeep road than a hiking trail. Very ugly and very disappointing. My heart sank when I saw what they had done. We had a large family group of all ages and it was still doable but too much now is a climb of little satisfaction.

hiking
6 days ago

A very beautiful hike. You’ll be hiking up a fairly steep but manageable grade pretty much the whole way up. Agree with Brad Q. that the lake was quite underwhelming considering what other reviewers said. The views during the hike up and down were fantastic.

on Lake Blanche Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Good hike. 56 years old and in fair shape. Kicked off just after 7:15 in the morning. The climb was beautiful coming in and out of tree cover for dramatic views of the mountains. Climb up taxed our cardio and the climb down resulted in aching knees. The lake at the top was somewhat disappointing given the reviews and no sign of a moose. I would definitely do it again in the spring but my beanpole friend is out. He is a Zion’s snob.

on Lake Blanche Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Jumped off the plane in SLC from Chicago and got to the trail head in bout 30min. My wife and I, both 54 and in shape, started the climb in the early afternoon and took us 2hr 20min. Coming down was 1:50 min. I didn't find it a hard hike, the wife thought it was somewhat challenging but we blamed the altitude. Very beautiful and yes, very much up hill. Was a little sore the next day. No bugs or poison ivy. The trail does have a lot of growth.

Beautiful place! This hike is consistently up hill the entire way and a defanate workout.

Surprisingly steep, short distance at 1.8 miles. HOT on 2:30 pm on July odd day afternoon.
Lots of dogs but no bikes. Some shade throughout the trail. No sweeping vistas at the top. Nice views of surrounding peaks near the lake.

First I hiked to Lake Desolation and there is a second tail on the way down which takes you to Dog Lake. I decided to go on it because I was already there- Might as well. I’m so glad I did. NOT because it was nice, but because it was an underwhelming, small muddy pond. The two stars are for the wildflowers and butterflies, otherwise it would be a 1 Star.

hiking
7 days ago

Simply the best. Yeah, it’s a climb and not a lot of cover, but the reward is worth the work. The sundial is beautiful and the other two lakes as well. Take plenty of water and start early.

hiking
8 days ago

Did this hike today. Closer to 7.1 miles. Beautiful trail but definitely hard with lots of loose rocks. Suggest taking extra water especially if you have dogs. Took the hammocks up and rested at the top of the trail. Flies and other bugs pretty bad right now. Definitely a challenging hike both the ascent and descent. But so worth it at the top.

backpacking
8 days ago

This was a challenge but so worth it. I'm moderately fit but carried a 25 lb pack so it took about three hours to get to the lake. We started at 8 a.m. and wished we'd started a little earlier because of the heat in July; in fact search and rescue had to send a helicopter that afternoon to retrieve a woman who had passed out at the end of the trail. There was a lot of wildlife including three moose who swam across Lake Lillian right in front of us. We found a great campsite in a grove of aspen trees in the east side of the lake. LOTS of mosquitoes so take DEET. Make sure you explore once you get up there so that you don't miss the other lakes. The trail was very busy but things quieted down later in the afternoon and the sunset over the Great Salt Lake was peaceful.

Ok Hike. Not my favorite. Very few vistas of beautiful scenery. Lots of bikers. Many dogs have left fecal piles in the middle of the trails and owners obviously haven't the courtesy to pick them up. Dusty trail and Dog Lake is very anticlimactic.

such a fun trail. Its easy we went at 6 am on a sunday and only saw a couple other hikers. the lake is really pretty got awesome pictures. Also got to see a woodpecker and some deer.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun hike, took boys 4 and 10. They completed with some motivation along the way. There are steep rocky parts but not too bad. I would say lots of mosquitoes so plan for that, and wish people wouldn’t feed the wildlife the chipmunks are too friendly. Beautiful view!! ♥️

Fun and challenging hike. Took about 3 hours total (not counting the time spent at the top). Will likely take between 2.5 to 4 hours depending on how many breaks you take. Highly recommend going early in the morning to avoid the heat. Beautiful views at the top!

beautiful trail. pretty steep and a good workout. the lake was mildly anticlimactic, was more impressed with the greenery and wild flowers on the way up.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice, easily marked hike through the ski mountain. Some minor rock climbing at parts. Great view at top of the lake. There definitely are quite a few mosquitos up around the lake, may vary on the day/weather, but around 4pm on a sunny day we ran into a bunch - plan accordingly.

hiking
11 days ago

Really good hike. one of the hardest hikes I've done in Utah. Very well trafficked. The lake is quite pretty but smelled like floodwater when I was there. 4 stars because it was so grueling, but if that's what you're looking for this is the hike for you.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike! Nothing hard about it - it’s moderate at best: steady climb, no steep sections, only mildly rocky with little exposure. The path is overgrown in some places. I recommend an early start as the parking area is small and gets full quickly. Saw three beautiful bull moose grazing and wading in the lake this morning!

We hiked this trail this morning and it was great. We were surprised at how continuous the incline was but other than that it was great. My dog had a great time, the wildflowers were in bloom and there weren't many people or dogs at the lake.

backpacking
11 days ago

Did a backpacking trip up to Lake Blanche last July. What a great spot. Camped on the East side of the larger body of water. Enjoyed coming up with a local hiking group. The last little bit of this gets steep, but it is well worth it. Came down the next morning on a Saturday. An extremely busy trail on the weekend. Must have past 200 people. Great spot!

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