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

This is a great hike but its rated as a hard one for a reason. This is one of the harder summits Ive done, since it climbs so fast. Make sure to bring lots of water, whatever the weather. The scenery and wildlife are great though.

Small little hike up to the waterfall. It was a little muddy from the rain but it was great and fun

Gate is open. There's lots of water and around The Grotto it's muddy. No dinosaurs were found!

hiking
1 month ago

Gates are still closed, but most hikers park at the Red Lake trailhead and work their way up. Trail can get muddy and slick with melting snow the closer you get to the falls, but isn't difficult to navigate. Bridge at the very end right before the grotto is no longer there — we had to get our feet wet to actually explore the cove. Google Maps has a good GPS marker for the trailhead if you're worried about getting lost on the way there.

I would do this hike again, it's very easy. short and sweet, the actual falls are tiny but pretty.

Beautiful trail but avoid it on holidays!!! Seems like the whole state decides to hike the grotto when they’re out of school!

We went just a couple weeks ago in the snow and it was beautiful! It is a lot longer with the snow because you have to park about 2 miles away from the trail head but it was worth the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and scenic hike got all ages. Carried my one month old here and was fine.

hiking
4 months ago

Despite not being terribly long this hike was still relatively hard due to the constant gain and loss of elevation. I went in august and it was still very cold in the morning and at the top so a light windbreaker would be recommended.

trail running
5 months ago

Favorite Peak of the year! We were grateful to have our poles and traction for the ascent and descent from the valley before going up to the peak. It was a great trail from start to finish and enjoyable to run. - Side note: do not start this trail at the paved trailhead. Be sure to head right on the jeep road about a half mile for the actual trailhead

6 months ago

Awesome. Easy to hike, even covered in snow.

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
6 months ago

So beautiful

We have done this hike multiple times and it is always enjoyable with the whole family.

on Grotto Falls Trail

6 months ago

This place felt almost magical like in a storybook. The cavelike structure wrapping around the waterfall was breathtaking. Very serene and tranquil. Spent 4hrs here and hated leaving. The drive was very pretty as well.

great hike. definitely not as hard as some people have made it out to be. if you're used to hiking peaks this one won't be bad at all. if you go in October, take hunting orange if you go after the hunt has started as there will be hundreds of hunters there. also if there is any chance of snow take the proper gear because it will be icy.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail well maintained, clean and a very easy walk good for all ages and abilities.

Beautiful hike. Made it to the top despite the snow. Poles and microspikes were the key this time of year!

Awesome trail! The creek itself is beautiful all throughout.

very cool, easy little trail, fun for kids great for dogs becaues had water the whole way up.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful falls at the end. Easy for the kids 2 & 4 to complete.

hiking
7 months ago

Super short easy hike with 6 kids (ages 2-11). They had fun exploring. Leaves are crazy awesome right now! Too short for the distance we drove...tacked on part of another nearby hike.

Short but beautiful changing autumn leaves, meandering stream and lovely little grotto.

It was really pretty but way too many people and short.

Very short and easy trail with a beautiful waterfalls

hiking
8 months ago

Such a great little stroll! We took her dog and she absolutely loved the stream along the trail and all the interesting smells! Highly recommended. I wish it was a little longer.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail with little obstacles along the way. The Grotto offers a handful of fun angles for photographers.

Perfect for little kids. Quick hike with lots to explore

8 months ago

Always one of my absolute favorite hikes! Not the easiest but certainly doable, even for inexperienced hikers. Well with it too.

hiking
8 months ago

Incredibly beautiful with challenging dynamic terrain. Make sure to get an early start though. It gets hot.

hiking
8 months ago

Challenging, even grueling at times, but worth doing - for that very reason. It was pretty hazy in all directions for us, so the views from the top could have been better. The mountain itself isn't as pretty as other mountains, e.g. Timp with its cirques, lakes, and waterfalls - there is none of that here.
I didn't even drink 3L of water, but it was under 50 degrees for most of our hike. On hotter days you would definitely need more water - there is none on the trail for filtering. No lakes, no rivers, not a trickle.
I wouldn't describe the first three and a half miles as "easy" - there are plenty of ups and downs and some of it is quite steep. But it does get particularly steep after the saddle between North Peak and the false summit, and then it's all basically loose shale between the false and true summits. As noted by other reviewers, it is particularly important to stay on or right next to the ridge on this last part of the hike. There are often two or three trails that weave around the ridge in this last section, and for the most part it doesn't matter which one you take, but there is one spot about 2/3 of the way between the false and true summits where there is clearly a well-worn trail that dips down the west face a bit - don't go that way, even though it's obvious that plenty of people have. Someone in our group got stuck there for about 20 minutes. It's all loose rock with very little to hold on to, and there is a perfectly safe trail up on the ridge.
Trekking poles might take some strain off your knees, but you don't need them to complete the hike. Just some decent footwear.

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