Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
11 hours ago

There are a lot of trails in this area and it wasn't well marked. It was a busy trail, though, so we just watched to see where everyone was going. It can get a little crowded up there, so be patient if you want to try out a particular piece of "furniture". The view is spectacular.

I love how the terrain on this trail varies...from evergreen forest along the roaring creek, to dry and rocky, to snow at the top! I was alone hiking, so definitely didn't attempt the snow without spikes. The distance measurement definitely doesn't take into account the walk from the gate to the trailhead since the picnic grounds are still closed. This trail is very manageable for most ability levels. There are lots of places to stop and take a break. The views are amazing.

Nice short hike and conveniently accessible from University

Holy pain in the butt! Doing this hike is no easy task. The trail gets confusing once you start the scramble to the top, so when all else fails, just keep climbing!

Hiked this trail yesterday. Absolutely stunning weather! Trail is dry with maybe four spots that still had ice. I’m sure it’s melted off by now. Beautiful overlook all the way out to The Great Salt Lake. Switchbacks make the elevation easy to handle. Highly recommend.

We hiked the reverse route (ccw, south face ascent). Steep, with loose gravel, and completely exposed. Would rate it as difficult. North side had more coverage and better traction. Tower at the top was open and we were able to climb for an extra special view! Would recommend traditional ascent (cw: via north path).

Love this hike! The snow has melted enough it’s in great condition.

Nice trail, very few people. Rocky in places but worth the trip for sure

It’s a fun hike and the view at the top is definitely worth the climb up. I would definitely bring water and a few snacks. The ice was almost all melted so regular hiking boots were fine.

Fun, challenging hike!
There was a little snow towards the top, but the weather was great this morning. It took my group just under three hours to go up and back.

Went to the top today and didn’t run into snow and the mud wasn’t bad either.

backpacking
2 days ago

This hike is NOT 3 miles. About 6 to the very top. Beautiful but pretty challenging hike. Spikes are a must right now

This trail is perfect to bring young children.

Moderate Hike with awesome view!!!

trail running
2 days ago

Started trail this morning around 6:30. Trail is very fun right now with the right equipment. Muddy/water flow on trail, 1.5 or so, ice and snow. Not pot holing early morning until you get to lake. With sun up at top of trail minor pot holing. Equipment suggestions: microspikes (its very icy right at least half way up), trekking poles and gloves. I ran in baseball cap, tank top and tights. Hands even with wool gloves got very cold (started to hurt), until getting to top. Super fun and technical at present.

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty slippery at some parts. No shade. Nice sunset view of the city

Gorgeous hike!

Very slushy at the top - spikes recommended. Also, round trip is about 6.5 miles, not 5.8.

I love this trail in spring, as it’s clear earlier than most. The east side is in full sun most of the way, so be prepared. Just before the summit (at the steepest part) it’s still snowy/slushy/slippery and spikes helped a ton, especially on the way down. FYI, I always clock this closer to 6.5 RT (from the gate at the bottom of the Church Fork campground.).

I used to live here for 5 yrs and I work out a minimum of 3xs/wk... and had to pause for a sec due to the incline. So "Easy" I wouldn't consider this. I'd say a "moderate" trail, because if you have any type of knee problems the incline/decline may be tough for you. (Know this because I was with someone in the past who has this, so I'm aware of the terrain of trails).
Love that it's a quick hike to an awesome view!! So worth it - fast gratification!

My wife and I love this trail. Not a lot of traffic, and some gorgeous wildflowers. We hike up this trail even when we’re not going to the top . . . just for the solitude!

hiking
3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Always such a good time. Have gone multiple times and always look forward to going again!

This is such an amazing hike. You start off with a steep hike upwards(not too strenuous) and then you get up to the shoreline trail, which wraps around the mountain, and gives an amazing view of SLC.

The gate is closed to part of the canyon so you have an extra 3 mile walk up a snowy road to get to the trailhead. there are still several feet of snow on the trail itself so I highly recommend snowshoes.

II am pretty athletic and found this trail to be exciting and beautiful but also steep and grueling. I was exhausted by the time we reached the summit. I would rate this trail as difficult not moderate.. I’m from Ohio so maybe I’m not used to such steep climbs or the altitude - so if your not a local it may be a difficult trail.

Lovely trail, so close to home but when you get up there, you feel so far away. Perfect for dog walking. The upper route also has a lot less mountain bike traffic.

No snow, no mud. The ridge can get windy.

Fun short hike. The boulder field at the end is confusing, but stick to the low part of it to reach the falls, though the middle/upper portion makes for an incredible view!

I'm looking to do this hike tomorrow and I am wondering what the trail is like. I've done it in the Spring before, but the weather has been so unpredictable lately.

nature trips
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. Did it 2 days ago. We only had hiking boots. Micro spikes would have been helpful. At the time, nobody had reached the bridge in the meadows so it was very deep and unable to cross in just boots.

This hike was amazing! I did it this past weekend and didn’t need spikes or snow shoes (the snow was packed down enough). Got super sunburnt on my face so wear sunscreen!

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