60 Hikes within 60 Miles Salt Lake City  by Greg Witt

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City Guide Book

by Greg Witt (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Salt Lake City  by Greg Witt
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City helps you select the perfect hike and then takes you right to the trailhead. Decide what you’re looking for -- physical challenge, panoramic views, or historic trails. This guide will point you to the best trails the Wasatch Front has to offer.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

From the valley floor, Adams Canyon appears no different from any other ordinary canyon along the Wasatch Front. But once inside, you’ll find a deep canyon filled with white fir, a tumbling creek, and a stunning waterfall waiting at the end of the trail. Locals have done a good job of keeping Adams Canyon a secret. No signs at the trailhead indicated where you are or that you can even access the canyon.
Kaysville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
This challenging route along a knife ridge and up a steep rocky slope leads to the dual summit that forms the highest peak in Salt Lake County. In just over a mile one-way, you’ll achieve a first-class mountaineering scramble capped by commanding views in all directions.
Midway, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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With a convenient trailhead and a well-groomed trail to the summit, Bald Mountain is an ideal climb, especially for children and inexperienced hikers who want to experience the thrill of climbing a high mountain summit. A National Recreation Trail recognized for its outstanding scenery, the Bald Mountain Trail offers wildflowers and breathtaking views of lakes and surrounding peaks in the High Uintas.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
A popular, family-friendly route along a creekbed in a deep canyon. The hike’s payout: a 50-foot waterfall spraying down the side of a rock cliff. About 50 feet before the falls, the trail divides. The right spur descends to the base of the falls and the main trail to the left leads to the top. A natural spring feeds Battle Creek, augmented by snowmelt. So while the falls’ spray becomes heaviest in spring, the creek and the falls are perennial.
Pleasant Grove, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Bells Canyon is a long, deep, beautiful canyon with cascading falls, lush vegetation, and a rocky cirque. The trail is steep and challenging, but the varied views and granite setting are spectacular.
Cottonwood Heights, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Ben Lomond has the longest, most gentle gradient of any summit trail in the Wasatch. Along the way you’re treated to continuous and commanding views in all directions, with a diverse range of vegetation and wildlife.
North Ogden, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 16
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From the city park trailhead, a steady ascent follows a small creek through a broad valley to Big Springs, a natural spring flowing from the mountainside. Mountain views, abundant valley vegetation, and frequent wildlife sightings make this a popular and accessible family adventure.
Provo, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
One of the lesser-known big peaks of the Wasatch, Box Elder Peak offers exceptional mountain-wilderness scenery and wildlifeviewing. Most fit hikers can achieve the adventurous off-trail scramble to the summit. Bring 2-3 liters of water on this hike. Water can also be purified in the streams and springs. There are restrooms at the trailhead.
Alpine, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.8
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Explore a chain of pristine alpine lakes at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a favorite hike for families and couples in search of remote mountain scenery, fir-scented woods, and photogenic lakes—all within 30 minutes of your car. Lake Mary may be the most popular alpine hike in the Salt Lake area, with hundreds of hikers enjoying its beauty on any given summer Saturday, but only a small percentage of those hikers go on to Lake Martha or Lake Catherine, where you can often find yourself completely alone. The section from just below Lake Mary to Lake Catherine is part of the Great Western Trail.
Park City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
If you’re after a great view with very little effort, Buffalo Peak is the easiest, most accessible summit on the Wasatch Front. Within minutes of the trailhead, you’re overlooking Utah Valley from an elevation of more than 8,000 feet. And you’ll likely have the trail and the summit to yourself.
Provo, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Albion Basin is ablaze with wildflowers and wildlife in summer. This popular and easy hike travels along a well-marked interpretive trail through flowered meadows to a rock-rimmed alpine lake at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Park City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
With the 26-story LDS Church office building to your back and the Utah state capitol in front of you, follow a creek through a city park, quickly leaving the city behind. Within 2 miles you’ll be walking in a national forest and nature preserve shared with elk, moose, and mountain lions.
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking
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At 11,031 feet, Deseret Peak is the highest point in Tooele County and the centerpiece of the Deseret Peak Wilderness Area. It’s also a magnificent expanse of both semiarid and alpine scenery—glacial basins, mountain streams, woodland, and high meadows—rising from the middle of the desert. This loop hike captures some of that surprising variety and affords views across the Bonneville Salt Flats and into Nevada.
Tooele, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
A gentle canyon trail ascends to a high-alpine lake, then leads to a ridge overlooking Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon. A steep descent of a little-known canyon returns you to the Big Cottonwood Canyon floor.
Park City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
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Hiking through a dense forest scented with spruce and fir is just one of the many delights on the Desolation Trail. Climbing over fallen trees and rocky outcrops leads to a direct view of Salt Lake with peaks rising to the north and south.
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
A small, peaceful lake ringed by quaking aspens lies at the junction of several trails leading to other peaks and canyons. A well-used mountain-biking trail, the Dog Lake Trail is wide and easy to follow.
Park City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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Doughnut Falls is unique—a waterfall that plunges through a hole in the rock and into a grotto before cascading down the rocky drainage below. It’s a short hike, popular with families and youth groups. If you want to climb to the top of the falls, you’ll face a challenging but rewarding scramble.
Park City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
The Mount Timpanogos Wilderness Area is full of superlatives. Whether you’re hiking to a waterfall in Primrose Cirque, an alpine meadow, Emerald Lake, the Timpanogos snowfield, or on to the summit, you’ll find plenty to grab your attention and make you want to go higher and farther.
Pleasant Grove, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
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An old jeep road, once used by fruitless prospectors and long since overgrown, leads into a hidden side canyon now frequented by knowing bow-hunters. The trail concludes at a ridgeline saddle with views into neighboring Red Butte Canyon and the Salt Lake Valley beyond.
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
The trail follows Farmington Creek, the largest stream or river in Davis County, up a broad canyon to a primitive U.S. Forest Service campground. A 40-foot waterfall near the top of the trail and expansive views make Farmington Canyon a rewarding destination, especially in spring and fall.
Farmington, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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