Explore the most popular river trails near Sandy 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 trail today with my Dad. It was a lot of fun. Wear a hat & bring more water than you think you’ll need. It’s not Mt. Olympus or anything, but still one that gets the heart rate pounding pretty high.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a tough one. The last mile or so seems to just be straight up hill. But don’t let that scare you. It was definitely worth it. The turn off to the parking lot is right BEFORE the White Pine sign if you’re coming from Salt Lake, so I missed it and had to turn around. The lake has plenty of little private spots where you can sit and relax. I saw someone in a hammock up there. Maybe I’ll try that next time. It did get a little chilly once I was in the shade at the lake because you really sweat a lot going up. It was a Sunday and there were people around, but not too crowded for my taste. The bugs didn’t bother me at all on the way up, but they were driving me crazy on the way down. I headed up at 11:30 and headed down at 1:30. No snakes I could see. Yay! But I did get to talk to a couple squirrels. Haha.

This is easily my favorite hike I’ve done in little cottonwood so far. It is so pretty all the way up with some pretty great views of the valley/canyon road below. The lake itself is so serene and there’s a ton of places around it for pictures and relaxing. It can get breezy up there which makes it cold if you’re all sweaty, so bring a light jacket! There were a quite a few people in hammocks! We decided to extend our hike and ascent up over the large rocks to another lake above(the rock scrambling was pretty strenuous). The views from above of Red Pine also made this extra mile worth it. I will be back to hike the white pine trail here soon!

Mostly shaded so nice on these hot summer days. Lots of little things to see from flowers to little animals. Good for chilling by a lake all day with a cool breeze.

I did this loop earlier today...did a little geocaching and then because I am a glutton for punishment I hiked up to the lower falls. Both are good hikes....just different and the difficulty level is harder for the lower falls. This loop trail still gives you a workout because the first part of it is going uphill so ignore the difficulty level rated as easy and give it a try and if it's not enough then go up to the falls....I am sure that will be enough unless you are in incredible shape. have a good one all.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike, can be challenging. Passed many people resting on the way up. Take your time and enjoy, if it seems to difficult. If you're an avid hiker, you'll enjoy this one.

Be sure to follow the trail around the lake. Beautiful scenery.

Trail Running, parts of the way down, was also fun.

Went on a Monday and it was pretty crowded. I can just imagine what it's like on the weekends.

on Quail Hollow Trail

walking
6 days ago

If you want a very beautiful hike this is the place to go. Try not to go in the middle of summer, as it is very hot. Be prepared with a ton of water, because the intensity of it will require lots of H20. There are lots of streams so if you have a water purifier that would be useful. Most of the hike is all uphill and going back is equally rough. But when you finally get to the reservoir, the hike is worth it. The water is nice and cool and full of fish. Overall a very good but hard hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Gorgeous. Insanely gorgeous. Not an easy hike at all, but worth every second and every mosquito bite!!

hiking
8 days ago

Love this hike. Take time to go to the upper lake as well. Plenty of bug spray will allow you time to enjoy the lake.

First hike for me in Utah, just moved from Phoenix so I’m definitely not used to big mountains or the elevation. Spectacular hike with gorgeous views, but definitely steep in some sections. Will definitely do it again and go for the pfeifferhorn!

It is a steep hike, but is very short. It’s beautiful once you get up there, just watch out for the ducks and geese

What a beautiful beastly hike. Definately rated hard, moreso an "extreme" hike. Took us 3 1/2 hours moving constantly to get to the top. Our fitness trackers from the parking lot (overflow) to the upper reservoir said about 6 miles (one way) and about 450 floors. The trail narrows after the lower falls and definitely criss crosses. All trails go UP to the same place! When you reach the large granite rock "garden" or slide/field, stay to your left. It's a little less than a mile from the top. The mosquitoes were pretty heavy. Bring Deet! Bring plenty of water (we sure enjoyed a bottle of Gatorade too).

Take your time coming down. Hard on your knees and ankles.

We didn't see any snakes.

Much cooler at the reservoir (almost 20 degrees cooler than the valley).

Happy Hiking!

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked this yesterday evening. Began around 5:45 pm and reached the lake 7:15 pm. Temp at the trailhead was about 85 degrees when I began; I forgot to check the temp at the lake. There were a number of groups backpacking in. Several pockets of mosquitos and biting flies (ouch!!). I had doused myself in mosquito repellent with Picaridin 5% and have found 6 mosquito bites today and one fly bite. It was worth it, though. The time of day meant the hike was primarily shaded. Just enough breeze that it wasn’t stifling. The views were beautiful, with a good variety of wild flowers the whole way up. I’m looking forward to making this one of my regular destinations.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike! We left at 8am, back at noon with some time enjoying the sites at the lake. Beautiful wild flowers and sights along way (birch, pine trees), views of the valley, mountains and of course, the lake. The trail gets more of an incline halfway though and there are a few spots with decent size rocks to walk over, otherwise not too difficult terrain. Mostly covered but was getting hot coming down as we entered the afternoon- would recommend early start. There were a decent amount of hikers at top, but nothing to block great photos or ruin the hike. Has been one of my favorites so far Northern Utah.

This is an easy trail for OCR racers. It’s a doable trail for the rest of us.I think I’ll add this trail for my Spartan practices.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a stunning trail. The meadows and wildflowers and the river are so wonderful. If you live at elevation and are in relatively good shape, this hike will rank as more moderate for you. It wasn’t as hard as we were anticipating and we got up to the lake in 90 minutes. The lake is beautiful. If you plan on hanging out up there for a while, bring something to keep you warm as it gets chilly up there with all the wind. Recommendation: 1. bring bug spray - the mosquitos were doing their thing the entire stretch. 2. Start early. It’s a relatively crowded trail on Saturdays. We started at 6:15am and enjoyed a very peaceful hike. But on the way down we passed a lot of people/families heading up. 3. Wear sunscreen. The trail is covered about 40% of the time. If you go later and the sun has crested, you’ll definitely be at the mercy of her rays. Great hike overall!

hiking
11 days ago

My phone had the total distance at 8.4 miles round trip, but I walked around the lake.

Overall, this hike is not that impressive. The trail is littered with human feces, there is no shade anywhere, and the lake is just... meh. I don't think anyone should really do this trail unless you are trying to waste your own time and energy. And if you've read this far, you should know that everything I just wrote is not true and I'm just trying to keep people away from my favorite hike in the Wasatch!

To the reviewers saying this trail should be rated "easy/moderate," I'm glad you could take a break from your ultra marathon training to do this hike! For the overweight and out of shape people like me, this trail definitely rates as "hard." OK, the first 1.5 miles are easy, but as soon as you get into the Red Pine drainage, it gets pretty steep. Not quite as steep as Broad Fork or Lake Blanche, but definitely some incline to deal with. Lots of bugs too. But the trail is gorgeous and the lake is stunning. If you don't like this hike, you don't belong in the Wasatch.

My favorite hike I've done in Utah. moderately difficult bit not over the top. only negative is when you get up close to the top, the trail can be easy to lose but just follow what looks like a dried up river bed of rock and it'll lead you safely to the lake. the hike up breaks away to some absolutely breathtaking views of the salt lake valley as well as the canyon. the lake itself is absolutely gorgeous. wonderful experience on this trail.

Wooo Buddy!
The first mile was definitely the easiest. Don't be deceived!
The fork between White Pine Lake and Red Pine lake is at mile 1. And from there... your elevation gain will start to increase.
The last .75 was the hardest. I'm short so some of the rocky areas required me to scramble.
There is a lot of shade on the trail... if you hike in the morning or evening. We were pretty exposed at that time of day.
There were several water crossings. Managed to not get my feet wet but it is a definite possibility.
And there are several spots where you walk along the river and some streams.

We got to the trail head around 1 PM. A little later than we would have liked. We passed at least 50 people as they were headed down. So we pretty much had the lake to ourselves once we got up there.
It is absolutely beautiful! Lots of opportunities for some great photos.
There isn't a defined trail ALL THE WAY around the lake but you definitely can easily make your way around. It just disappears where the rock slide is. And you have to walk on a rock wall at one point.

Please remember that this is part of the watershed. So NO DOGS and NO SWIMMING.
As we got to the end of the trail, with about .15 miles left, we saw a moose! She was just hanging out there on the trail. We watched her for a second and she walked into the woods.
Awesome experience!


07/04/2018

very inclined, but beautiful and totally doable for kids.

Screw All Trails for claiming this is easy. Definitely difficult hike. Pretty, but difficult

dont let the bugs scare you away

hiking
15 days ago

Harder than we anticipated. The last mile is super steep. Lake is beautiful.

nice easy hike. this is not 2.3 miles. not sure where they got that from but its 0.5 miles one way. roundtrip is 1 Mile. super easy for kids. no traffic.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a moderate to hard hike. The elevation gain is significant and the trail is fairly steep and rocky for the last half. Expect to feel the effects of altitude at some point during your hike. The trail is also fairly narrow in spots due to vegetation. This is also a fairly busy trail at all hours of the day though afternoons do seem less crowded but also much hotter to hike in. Try this trail during the week and there will be smaller crowds.

The most solitude you will find is between the groups you meet on the trail. Once at the lake there is room to spread out around it to get away from other groups but you will never be truly alone. The scenery is worth the trip however. There is also a lot of space for exploring boulder fields in the basin and for climbing up to get a better view. Because of the heavy use, litter is becoming a problem. Take a small plastic bag for your pack and bring some of it out. Leaving the area better than you find it will increase the enjoyment of your trip.

Please also be aware of the potential for animal encounters especially moose! Give them space and admire them from a distance. Because of how steep and rocky the area is, you may encounter them on the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

One of my favorite hikes.

It says easy... I guess that’s subjective, but it is very worth the effort.

hiking
17 days ago

If this was your first hike of the season, I would rate it as hard. However, if you do weekly hikes then consider it to be easy/moderate. The last mile will have your heart rate going with the occasional stop.
The trail itself was easy to follow. I started out at 7:30am and there were about ten cars in the parking lot. I ran into a couple of moose about a mile in. As well as a few people already headed back. When I got to the lake there were people fishing and backpackers getting ready to leave. After taking in the beautiful views and eating a snack, I headed back around 10:15am. At that point there were a lot of people heading up. My suggestions would be to start early in order to avoid the crowds. This is defiantly not a lightly trafficked hike.

I left my toddler's small, blue and yellow flip flops somewhere along the trail between granite trailhead and the reservoir. I uploaded a photo of the shoes in the photos. If anyone finds them, please text me at 801-653-0403!! Thank you:)

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