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

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25 days ago

April 2018
My pup and I hiked seven miles to find the perfect spot for a little Ponderosa Pine to start its new life in Northrup Canyon. As an Earth Day tradition we’ll come visit it every year and plant it a new friend to keep it company. The trail was hot even in April and it was my first encounter with a Rattle Snake. In fact we saw a gopher snake and water snake as well on our hike that day.

Keep in mind it is only 3 miles to the homestead and back. If you want to see the lake you'll have to add on another four all together for seven miles total round trip.

25 days ago

Completed this one winter 2017. Even with a foot of snow it was manageable for me and my little pup. The views from the top of iced over Banks Lake made any struggle we had well worth it. The deer kept us company the whole hike as well.

1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful area! Most of your elevation gain is done in one spurt, which allows you to catch your breath for the rest of your adventure. I ran across three rattlesnakes in my short time at the top so please be mindful of your surroundings. I'd recommend starting early that way you have plenty of time to explore - there's certainly no shortage of places to go around here!

2 months ago

...there is a short , steep section of lose rock to begin the climb that will deter some walkers .... but after that relatively easy walking with so much to explore atop Steamboat Rock..... surrounded by stunning views on all sides , plus the rush of inching along the vertical cliffs , this hike is a cant miss ....

Very easy hike, lots of rocks but the incline is short and once your up there it is flat. The view is nice from the top and the hike is fairly short. It isn't a day trip but lucky for you you can do northrup canyon just a few miles down the road too.

Fairly easy hike with incredible views. Would recommend checking it out if you're in the area. Climbing the scree slope at the beginning was the most difficult aspect of the hike, but perfectly manageable for most people even kids. Just be sure to have a good pair of supportive hiking boots as you can easily twist your ankle with the shifting rocks and especially if the rock faces are a little wet.

4 months ago

Northrup Canyon is a spectacular hike! absolutely love this easy 3-mile round-trip hike to the homestead and back. the trailhead is easy to find, just a few miles west of Electric City . You will follow a well-maintained trail down through the beautiful rock canyon. We saw several bald eagles soaring above the cliffs as we walked through the Canyon. There was a little flooding on the trail about halfway before the homestead but nothing you couldn't scurry around. Soon you will be closer to the creek and there'll be a wooden Footbridge.We climbed on top I have a large rock to the right to see if we could see the homestead yet. To all right hidden out of sight we found another treasure! Reminents of an old broken down corral and the remainder of a beautiful old rusted out turquoise car. Getting back onto the trail we continued and soon saw the trail was flooded and unpassible. Lucky for us somebody had made an arrow out of rocks to show a detour to the left. The detour trail continued along the bottom of the rocky cliffside leading right to the Old Homestead. We ate lunch at the picnic table and spent an hour just exploring the area.

6 months ago

nice hike, 2 dogs and my 6 year old brother.

10 months ago

end of September nice hike with my dogs but returned to a bee covered car ...yikes!

11 months ago

Who would have thought that Grant County has trees. Nice little secluded canyon with a lake at the very end of the trail. Lots of Gardner snakes at the lake. Saw a number of Bull snakes on the trail, but no rattle snakes, but I'm sure they have them in that area. Before reaching the little homestead there's nice creeks with small falls. Good easy hike until you reach the homestead. More hills and loose gravel at places on the last 2 miles before reaching the lake. The homestead is a good place to pinic.

11 months ago

Lots of loose rocks halfway up the top. My wife was afraid and didn't proceed. Pretty cool on top, massive grassy plain with great views of the lake and surrounding area. Note to self, if it's windy in the campground it's really really windy on the top, you'll probably need a wind breaker.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fun trail with beautiful view. Bring water and sunscreen

Monday, June 05, 2017

Fun little hike. We took our 6-10 year old kids. The loose rock was a little rough but a fun challenge. Views were amazing. Windy at the top.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great day hike with the kids, saw one baby rattler on the trail. Excellent views of Banks lake.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Very hot, so take lots of water!

Be mindful of rattlesnakes! I ran the rattlesnake gauntlet, dodging them as I heard their rattle along a 10' foot bridge over a small stream! Scariest thing I have done. LOL

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hiked this yesterday. The flowers are beautiful and it was nice and warm! The beginning climb is the challenging part-after that, it levels off and is a nice overland stroll. Great views. I wore shorts and a tank top yesterday and wasn't cold but you may want long sleeves or a jacket. Sun was out for us and 60°. I used hiking boots but trail runners would've worked. No water on top. If you've unsure footing, poles are recommended for the initial screw slope. We saw small children climbing up the path with their parents.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Easy hike, but windy at the top. Even a bit chilly once late afternoon hit. I recommend bringing a sweatshirt or jacket. Keep a lookout for the Evil Cacti off trail as these things could really hurt you or a dog.

Friday, April 07, 2017

A wide variety of terrain. Glad we hiked it this early in the season. No rattlesnakes.

on Steamboat Rock Trail

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

There was a trail around the rock and campground but it was sand and hard to walk uphill in for some. There was also a poorly marked trail going up the mountain which is definitely more difficult with loose rocks and lots of loose sand. I made it about 1/4 of the way up and turned back because it got dangerous quickly. I wouldn't make a special trip for the trail but it's got good views of the canyons and lakes around if you're in the area already

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pretty easy hike. Great view of the camp site. Would recommend.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The homestead is cool but the lake was more like a tiny pond and a bit lack luster after a hot hike.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

My 3rd time hiking this trail. Love the old homestead, the views and the lake. However, hate the rattlesnakes!! Last time a dog with us got bitten by a snake, this time, we saw two snakes on the trail. Part of the trail before the homestead is flooded, people made a trail in the brush. This is where we saw the first snake. Be careful if you hiking in this area. After this time, we won't go back.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun and challenging

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It was an easy and beautiful hike. There is a lot of fallen shingle on the trail but it's easy to walk over. We saw lots of kids and dogs. Recommend swimming in the lake post hike, so refreshing!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Kids even made it to the lake! Not a difficult trail and easy to follow. Will definitely be returning, this time with my fishing pole.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Went back the next day and found the trail to the homestead. When the trail goes left or right stay left , the homestead is a easy beautiful walk . very glad I went back !

Monday, June 23, 2014

This hike was beautiful but staying on the trail was a real pain. Could not find the homestead or lake . Will need to try this hike again.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Good views out over the canyon and river. Good early season hike.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The trail is on top of a butte. The beginning is steep and slippery because of shale rock on the trial. Once on top, it is easy with views of the river and surrounding countryside. Great for early hiking.

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