Best trails in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Looking for a great trail near Salt Lake City, Utah? AllTrails has 180 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Antelope Island State Park or Wasatch Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Twin Peaks Wilderness or Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area. Ready for some activity? There are 87 moderate trails in Salt Lake City ranging from 1.5 to 18.7 miles and from 4,452 to 10,666 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Salt Lake City, Utah
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#1 - Donut Falls Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
Donut Falls is popular for a reason. This easy, family friendly hike is a short drive from Salt Lake City, and boasts an incredibly unique waterfall. You’ll start your hike at the Donut Falls Trailhead. To get here, go up Big Cottonwood to the Mill D Trailhead. Turn right onto Mill D South Fork Road and pass the Jordan Pines Picnic Area. Eventually the road will become dirt, and you’ll continue to the trailhead. During winter, or when the trailhead parking is full, you’ll need to park at the Mill D Trailhead. This alternate trailhead adds roughly a mile round-trip to the hike. After parking, continue southward on the clearly marked trail. You’ll soon go over a small creek on a wooden bridge. After another quarter mile, the trail ends, and you’ll come across a steep boulder field that leads up to the falls. Many hikers, content with the trail thus far, choose to forego this final push to the falls. The climb is wet, rocky, and potentially dangerous. Watch out for small children in this area, as the scramble can be quite difficult. Those who make it up the scramble are rewarded with a unique waterfall. The name of the trail makes sense as you look upward through a donut hole, from which water is pouring out of. The water falls into a small pool in the cave, before trickling down the rocks you just climbed up. The falls are truly special, and something you won’t soon forget.Show more
#2 - Living Room Lookout Trail
Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Plenty of street parking. Trail is pretty narrow as it looks to follow an old wash in some parts. It's a good idea to use the AllTrails Recorder because it is easy to get off course without realizing - lots of offshoots. There is minimal to no shade so plan accordingly. The rocks at the top are arranged to look like couches and chairs which makes for some good pics. The view is amazing the whole way up so if you can't make it to the top turn around and see the view, it will still be worth the trip!Show more
#3 - Cecret Lake Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
The Cecret Lake Trail is a wonderful family friendly hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Little Cottonwood Canyons Albion Basin near Alta Ski Resort and Snowbird Ski Resort. The trail begins at 9000’ of elevation. The trail is a popular day trip from Salt Lake City. The Cecret Lake trailhead is located right by Albion Basin Campground. You have the option to continue hiking up from this trail to Sugarloaf Peak. Take the time to relax at the lake and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop. Due to extremely limited parking access at Cecret Lake/Catherine's Pass Trailheads and to reduce congestion on the Summer Road and in the upper Albion Basin parking areas, it is highly recommended that hikers park in the Wildcat base area parking lot and hike the Lower Albion Meadows Trail to the Upper Albion Meadows Trail or ride the $5 shuttle provided by Alta Ski Area. Overall, this is an easy hike but you will want to arrive early because of its popularity. There are many fun trails to explore in Wasatch National Forest, however this is one of the best. 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 SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnfShow more
#4 - Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
The Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork trailhead starts at the end of the Church Fork picnic area’s road. If the picnic area is closed, users are invited to park outside and walk along the picnic area road till the end to the start of the trailhead which will add approximately 0.2 miles each way to the route. While this is a great route for any time of day and any season, users cannot recommend this peak enough for a sunrise hike! It is best to start right at sunrise, and spend about 90 minutes ascending to the summit if moving fast. There is plenty of shade on the first half of the route, with the higher parts of the trail being less shaded due to smaller trees and shrubs as the route approaches the tree line. There are some gently sloping parts, with some steep parts and some rocky areas closer to the top, which is a perfect example of what the rocky mountains bring to users. Once at the summit or higher up, the gorgeous views all the way up will make users smile with delight - especially above the treeline and incredible place to watch the sunrise along the peak trail. Dogs are allowed off-leash on odd-numbered days, must be leashed on even-numbered days. There is a $5 fee per car to enter this canyon (toll booth located a few miles from the trail head). It is paid as users leave.Show more
#5 - Lake Mary Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
The Lake Mary Trail is relatively short and easy, but does include steep portions at the end and does get rocky at times if not using this route in winter. Folks not accustomed to elevation may find this trail more difficult, so preparing for this day hike with plenty of food and water is a good idea. No matter what experience level, users will enjoy visiting this great example of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Since this route can be poorly marked, users definitely recommend using the offline maps or GPS, especially in winter or deep snow or when finding the picnic areas. The stay overnight at lake Mary is beautiful with a full moon and clear skies, so checking the weather in advance is a great way to plan for the best conditions. Since part of this trail passes through Brighton Ski Resort, the area does sometimes close uphill traffic to the official Lake Mary trailhead, and hiking slightly further may be needed. In this case, users recommend parking at another trailhead close by and adding some other routes to this trail, such as the Dog Lake trailhead which is also managed by the forest service. 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
#6 - Lake Catherine Via Brighton Lakes Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.Show more
#7 - Willow Lake Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org This trail is also known as Willow Heights Trail. Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. This gorgeous trail is rated as easy to moderate. The first 1/4 mile has a steep incline, but the rest of the trail levels out.Show more
#8 - Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
This is a well maintained trail climbs by switchback to a viewpoint overlooking Salt Lake City. This section continues up to the Porter Fork pass just below the Porter Fork Trail Junction. The full Desolation Trail trail then continues a total of 18 miles and crosses into Big Cottonwood Canyon along Raymond Ridge to Desolation Lake.Show more
#9 - Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook
Memory Grove Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 35 m
Nice short hike, awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley and Great Salt Lake This is a nice, easy trail most hikers, regardless of age or experience, would find enjoyable. The trail is well maintained and the awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley below begin almost immediately. The trail winds behind the peak and ascends up a moderate slope on the back side. The views from the back side are incredible, especially at sunset. The Great Salt Lake can be seen in the distance to the northwest. As you climb to the peak, the entire Salt Lake Valley can be seen below. The view from Ensign Peak is spectacular anytime, but sunset is by far the most ideal time for this hike. The view of the sunset combined with the cool evening breeze and the glittering city lights below make this a hike well worth taking and the minimal time and effort involved make it worth taking often!Show more
#10 - Lake Desolation Mill D North Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org 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
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