Hiking Utah  by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert

Hiking Utah Guide Book

by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Utah  by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuide® has set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts and enthusiasts, each guide invites you to experience the endless adventure and rugged beauty of the great outdoors. Hiking Utah features seventy-five of the finest trails Utah's remarkable backcountry has to offer-from day hikes to overnight adventures. This comprehensive guide will provide all the information you need to get the most out of hiking this geologic wonderland. Look inside to find: Hikes suited for every ability; Accurate directions to the trailhead; Comprehensive trail descriptions; GPS-compatible maps; Difficulty ratings, trail contacts, fees/permits, best hiking seasons, and much more.

© 2005 Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Utah" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 54.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 54.

A little-known box canyon on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land suitable for a long day hike or two- to four-day backpacking trip, using the extra time to explore the numerous side canyons. Although Arch Canyon receives little use compared with the better-known Grand Gulch and Dark Canyon Primitive Areas, it offers outstanding scenery and numerous ruins; also, it is comparatively easy to get to by car. The high, forested massif of Abajo Peak and the rest of the Blue Mountains are drained by numerous canyons, many of which are not only fascinating to explore but also difficult to reach by road. For this reason, the area offers more solitude than other, better-known parts of Utah’s redrock country. In addition, spring snowmelt in the mountains above ensures a steady flow of water in many canyons, making desert backpacking less of a chore than usual. The Ancestral Puebloan Indians found the area ideal, and most south-facing alcoves contain evidence of their culture, from petroglyphs and three-bushel granaries to multilevel apartments and kivas.
Blanding, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18
An enjoyable day hike to three huge natural sandstone bridges, involving easy walking and no unusual hazards. You'll also see Ancestral Puebloan ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs, a wide range of vegetation types, and spectacular cliff and canyon scenery. The Bridges Loop is a superb day trip suitable for experienced hikers and reasonably active families. The trail follows White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon past three natural bridges and several Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The only appreciable elevation change involves climbing into and out of the canyons; these stretches are steep but short.
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.6
A good day hike through imposing canyon walls, ending in a spectacular view of the Heber Valley. The trail, which offers panoramic views, wildlife, and diverse vegetation, is located in Daniels Canyon in the Uinta National Forest, Heber Ranger District.
Heber City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
Two interpretive trails in Daniels Canyon in the Uinta National Forest, Heber Ranger District. Both offer spectacular scenery and views, many interpretive signs, and diverse vegetation.
Heber City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The Dark Canyon Wilderness, south of Canyonlands National Park, offers beautiful forest and desert scenery, Indian ruins, and peace and solitude. This five- to seven-day trip is for experienced backpackers. This loop hike in the canyons surrounding Dry Mesa—Woodenshoe, Dark, and Peavine—measures about 40 map miles, but with side excursions it can easily be extended to twice that. The Dark Canyon area is rich in biological, geological, archaeological, and historical perspectives and remains in a relatively pristine state. The Dark Canyon Wilderness, designated in 1984, encompasses 45,000 acres. The lower portion of Dark Canyon is part of the 62,000-acre BLM Dark Canyon Primitive Area.
Blanding, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 40
A demanding day hike or overnighter to the highest point in the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak, located in the 25,500-acre Deseret Peak Wilderness, 42 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, offers outstanding views of northwest Utah—from the Wasatch Mountains on the east to the Nevada border on the west. While most Salt Lakers crowd into the nearby Wasatch Mountains on weekends, the Stansbury Mountains offer exceptional hiking in a less popular area but within easy driving distance of Salt Lake City. One of a number of isolated great Basin mountain ranges, the Stansbury Mountains are two ranges west of the Wasatch Mountains. You’ll need a little more than an hour by car from downtown Salt Lake to reach the trailhead for Deseret Peak.
Grantsville, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
The Dry Canyon and Clegg Canyon Trails offer a number of day-hike opportunities in Daniels Canyon in the Uinta National Forest, Heber Ranger District. Both trails feature panoramic views, wildlife, and diverse vegetation.
Heber City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A multiday backpack along the summit of the Uinta Mountains to the eastern edge of the High Uintas Wilderness. The Highline Trail offers high-altitude views of the eastern Uinta Mountains as well as good fishing and camping. Those who enjoy leaving the bustle of everyday life behind, and who wish to avoid the crowds in some backcountry areas, will enjoy the remoteness of this trail. The Highline Trail is so named because it follows the high summits of the entire Uinta Mountains. This section of trail winds through the Uinta Mountains to the eastern edge of the High Uintas Wilderness. The trail continues west through the wilderness area to its end at the Mirror Lake Highway.
Vernal, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 21
This loop hike offers a diverse desert canyon hiking experience. The hike can vary in duration, depending on the number and length of side trips taken, but requires a minimum of two long days. The recommended and more leisurely trip, with time for exploring, takes four to five days. The 20-mile loop hike begins on Egypt Bench, high above the Escalante River, and descends about 1,000 feet via Fence Canyon into the Escalante River’s canyon, continuing downriver to the confluence of Twentyfive Mile Wash. The route then snakes up Twentyfive Mile Wash, exits from the wash to the north, and concludes with a cross-country trek over slickrock back to the Egypt Trailhead. Out-and-back options, rather than the full loop hike, are possible.
Escalante, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
A moderate hike up a tributary of the Price River. The Fish Creek drainage is a 25,560-acre semiprimitive, roadless area known for its solitude and good fishing. The Fish Creek Trail is a National Recreation Trail and offers a relatively moderate hike, gaining 1,100 feet from the trailhead to Skyline Drive, about 10 miles in. There is lush river bottom vegetation and some fine fishing.
Scofield, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
A multiday loop backpack in two spectacular desert canyons. Both Owl Canyon and Fish Canyon are quite deep and narrow, with an abundance of stark, scenic beauty. During the hike you’ll pass Nevill’s Arch, two unnamed arches, and a few Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and rock-art sites. Fish Creek and Owl Creek offer an environment quite different from Grand Gulch. While piñon, juniper, and yucca vegetate the gravel and dirt bottoms in Grand Gulch, hiking in Fish and Owl is along a slickrock streambed in the upper canyon areas and along sand-cemented gravel near the junction. Vegetation ranges from yucca, prickly pear, piñon, and juniper to the spectacular ponderosa pine and manzanita groves in upper Fish Creek.
Blanding, UT - Backpacking,Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 17
A day hike to the 11,000-foot Boulder Top plateau with opportunities for world-class fishing. The hike is along the Fish Creek section of the Great Western Trail, the trail system that traverses 4,455 miles through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More than 1,600 miles of Great Western Trail exist in Utah, encompassing many of the popular trails in the state as it threads its way through deserts, canyons, meadows, and forests. The Fish Creek section of Great Western Trail 001 takes you onto Boulder Mountain from its northern edge.The entire 50,000-acre Boulder Top plateau is dotted with a profusion of beautiful little mountain lakes with descriptive names like Bakeskillet, Horseshoe, and Halfmoon. It also is home to mountain lakes with some of the best fishing in the world.
Torrey, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
An overnighter to the Fish Lake Hightop. The hiking is scenic along a high, glaciated plateau, with excellent views of southern Utah from the top. The Fish Lake Hightop—a long, narrow, and glaciated plateau—lies just west of Fish Lake, one of the state’s largest natural lakes. It offers an excellent overnight hike, climbing through aspen, spruce, and fir to the plateau at more than 11,200 feet.
Richfield, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
A popular backpack to alpine lakes in the western Uinta Mountains. There are beautiful views of the western Uintas, including the upper Duchesne River and Rock Creek country. Swampy meadows, almost the type you would expect to see dinosaurs rise from, grace the scenery throughout this region. These meadows are found so consistently that they seem almost deliberately spaced for variety. Some of the lakes, including those back toward the trailhead, are often eerily forged with cold morning mist.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
A day hike or overnighter of intermediate difficulty, located just southeast of Salt Lake City in Mill Creek Canyon. The hike is point to point, so a car or bicycle shuttle is required unless you don’t mind the 3.5-mile walk down Mill Creek Canyon Road at the end of your trek. Along the way you’ll enjoy spectacular scenery, diverse vegetation, and abundant wildflowers in season.
Salt Lake City, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 7
A two- or three-day backpack in the Paria-Hackberry Wilderness Study Area in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Hackberry is a highly scenic canyon with numerous side canyons to explore, interesting geology, Sam Pollock Arch, and Watson’s Cabin, an early homestead. Hackberry Canyon offers a variety of scenery as it cuts through the White and Vermilion Cliffs. The upper portion of the hike, Round Valley Draw, is narrow, typical of canyons cut into the Navajo sandstone. Farther south, just before the canyon turns east and cuts through the East Kaibab Monocline (Cockscomb), it forms a valley bounded by the colorful formations making up the Vermilion Cliffs, and also exposes the banded Chinle formation. There are interesting side canyons, and the country above the canyons offers excellent opportunities for exploration. The area receives very little use, which enhances the sense of discovery.
Cannonville, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 21
A moderate day hike or overnighter in Dinosaur National Monument. The Jones Hole Trail follows the clear, spring-fed waters of its namesake creek in a deep, scenic canyon. Special attractions include trout fishing and prehistoric Indian rock art. You won’t see any dinosaur bones in Jones Hole, but you will see country typical of the rest of Dinosaur National Monument—deep, sheer-walled canyons etched into the high plateaus at the eastern end of the Uinta Mountains. Jones Hole Creek, rushing from limestone springs to join the Green River, has carved a gorge more than half a mile deep.
Vernal, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
A multiday backpack to Utah’s highest peak—13,528-foot Kings Peak. Along the way you’ll enjoy emerald green Henrys Fork Basin and a dozen lakes below 13,000-foot peaks. Many hikers just have to scale the highest peak around. In Utah that means 13,528-foot Kings Peak, a rocky spire in the eastern half of the High Uintas Wilderness. What makes Kings Peak such a fine backpack is not only the exciting scramble to the summit, but also the beautiful alpine terrain and trout fishing along the way.
Duchesne, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 32
A long day hike or overnighter into the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Along the way you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the Finger Canyons of the Kolob and massive Kolob Arch, and delightful campsites along Timber and La Verkin Creeks. The 14.4-mile round trip to Kolob Arch makes a moderate overnight trip or a fairly strenuous day hike.A backcountry permit is required for overnight trips. Due to heavy use, a zone system restricts the number of campers in the Kolob Arch area. The area between the Kolob Arch Trail and Hop Valley Trail junctions shows the heavy impact of too much camping use. Please make your camp away from this area if possible. Because the National Park Service is concerned for the safety of hikers and preservation of the natural ecosystem, pets are not permitted on trails. This also makes it easier to see deer and other wildlife. Cougars have been reported in the area and could be dangerous to pets brought illegally on the hike.
Cedar City, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14.4
A popular day hike into a rugged, glaciated canyon in the 11,300-acre Twin Peaks Wilderness in the Wasatch Mountains. Only 10 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this hike features huge glacial cirques, several lakes, jagged 11,000-foot peaks, and waterfalls. From the trailhead, you hike about 3.5 miles and gain 2,600 feet of elevation to get to Lake Blanche.The well-marked trail parallels Big Cottonwood Creek east and then turns southeast to follow the west side of Mill B South Fork.Within 0.25 mile the trail crosses a footbridge and cuts back to the left, remaining on the east side of the stream the rest of the way to Lake Blanche.
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7