Best cross country skiing trails in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.
Map of cross country skiing trails in Salt Lake City, Utah
Top trails (24)
#1 - Lake Mary Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.orgShow more
#2 - Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
If you drive up into the canyon, there is a $5 fee The trailhead starts at the end of the Church Fork picnic area road. If the picnic area is closed, park outside and walk along the picnic area road till the end to the start of the trail head. This will had 0.2 miles each way.Show more
#3 - Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Note: no dogs allowed. This lake is part of the protected Big Cottonwood Canyon watershed, so swimming in any lake or river is prohibited. The trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers so users recommend hiking in the opposite direction of the bike traffic. If you are biking please do signal your presence ahead of time. Show more
#4 - Twin Lakes Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.orgShow more
#5 - Sunset Peak Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Due to extremely limited parking access at Cecret Lake/Catherine's Pass Trailheads and to reduce congestion on the Albion Basin Summer Road and in the upper Albion Basin parking areas, it is highly recommended that hikers park in the Albion Base Area parking lot and hike the Upper Albion Meadows Trail or ride the free shuttle provided by the Town of Alta on weekends and holidays. During winter, the Albion Basin Summer Road is closed with a gate. When it's closed, you'll have to hike up from Alta via the Upper Albion Meadows Trail. Please visit this website for road status: https://townofalta.com/road_summer/ Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.Show more
#6 - Broads Fork Trail
Twin Peaks Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Please Note: No dogs allowed. This lake is part of the protected Big Cottonwood Canyon watershed, so swimming in any lake or river is prohibited. This is a beautiful, steep trail following a raging creek in the spring. It has relatively little traffic, and lots of shade relative to many Salt Lake hikes. The trail ends near a pond in a high valley.Show more
#7 - Brighton Lakes Loop
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. Users have reported that this trail is often closed in the winter and spring due to snow. Elevation gain 680 feet to Twin Lakes Reservoir. Major destinations include Twin Lakes Reservoir, Silver Lake and Lake Mary. Trail junctions include Twin Lakes Trail, Alta-Brighton Trail and Lake Mary Trail The Brighton Lakes Trail is a connecting trail between Twin Lakes Reservoir and the Lake Mary Trail. The trail offers a panoramic view of the peaks that surround the Brighton Bowl.Show more
#8 - Lake Solitude Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.orgShow more
#9 - Gobblers Knob via Alexander Basin Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Please note Mill Creek Canyon closes every winter to allow for groomed cross country ski opportunities. Mill Creek Canyon is closed from Maple Grove Picnic area to the top of the canyon. Trail can still be accessed, but you will need to walk from the road closure to the trailhead.Show more
#10 - Big Beacon Mount Wire Trail
Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Mt. Wire (commonly referred to as Big Beacon by locals) is one of the prominent foothill peaks due east of downtown Salt Lake City. Atop Mt. Wire is an old airway beacon, which you can climb should you desire an extra 25 feet of elevation. While Mt. Wire is a relatively low elevation peak, it is an outstanding spring hike of over 2,000 vertical feet with incredible views in every direction, rampant wildflowers, and wildlife that includes the occasional rattlesnake or mountain lion. In most years the peak can be hiked free of snow in April, and is an excellent tune up for the bigger mountains. Show more
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