Guidebook

10 Stunning Hikes near Salt Lake City

Discover the lush and diverse scenery surrounding Salt Lake City.

Description

Salt Lake City has the special quality of being a metropolitan city with a small-town feel. Perhaps that feeling comes from it being totally surrounded by nature, with so many possibilities to get outdoors easily. The city is full of glistening lakes, encircled by mountains, and frequently blessed with bluebird skies. In winter, Salt Lake is the springboard for some of America’s best ski resorts, and all year round the city attracts hikers with its variety of landscapes and terrain. Five stunning national parks lie within easy reach of the city, including Bryce Canyon National Park with its red spiral-shaped hoodoos set against pink cliffs, and Arches National Park, the famous red-rock wonderland.

While reaching the national parks doesn't require days of driving, you don't need to road trip that far to find beautiful hikes. Indeed, the 10 routes in this guidebook show off the great variety of hiking opportunities close to Salt Lake City. For a classic route through aspen groves and open alpine, go for Gobblers Knob. Those wanting a tough climb with a magnificent panoramic summit should try Lambs Canyon to Millvue Peak.

Sources
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/galleries/america-best-cities-to-live-in/salt-lake-city/
https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

Ferguson Canyon
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Ferguson Canyon

Salt Lake City
5 - 6 hrs
9.4 km
1,303 m
1,303 m
The Ferguson Canyon hike is a quick way to get out and away from the city.
Difficult
Private
Lone Peak
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Lone Peak

Salt Lake City
6 - 7 hrs
18.7 km
1,731 m
1,731 m
The effort on this unique and worthwhile hike puts you on top of one of the tallest and most dramatic peaks in the Wasatch Range.
Extreme
Private
Gobblers Knob
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Gobblers Knob

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
11.5 km
927 m
927 m
The trail up Gobblers Knob is a Wasatch classic that offers moderate hiking through aspen groves and into the open alpine.
Difficult
Private
Cardiff Fork
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Cardiff Fork

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
7.1 km
845 m
10 m
This is an easy 6.5-mile roundtrip hike up an old road grade through a beautiful drainage lined by rugged alpine peaks.
Moderate
Private
Days Fork
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Days Fork

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
11.1 km
880 m
880 m
The Days Fork trail is a little over 7 miles round trip with some good elevation gain through a heavily wooded canyon that opens up into the Alpine as you gain the Little Cottonwood Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Mill B South
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Mill B South

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
9.8 km
809 m
809 m
This is a moderate hike that gains access to one of the most scenic lakes in the Wasatch.
Difficult
Private
Frary Peak, Antelope Island
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Frary Peak, Antelope Island

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
10.1 km
617 m
617 m
The highest peak on a spectacular island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.
Difficult
Private
Lambs Canyon to Millvue Peak
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Lambs Canyon to Millvue Peak

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
8.1 km
690 m
690 m
A steep hike through a forested canyon to a high pass, with the option to continue along the ridge to a panoramic summit.
Difficult
Private
Sugarloaf
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Sugarloaf

Salt Lake City
1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
504 m
504 m
Sugarloaf is a simple and relatively easy hike to the top of one of the Wasatch mountains 11,000 foot peaks.
Moderate
Private
Dog Lake

Dog Lake

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
7.6 km
443 m
443 m
This is a short, moderate hike to one of the most popular lakes in the Wasatch through a nice wooded canyon.
Moderate
Private