Best Hikes With Dogs Utah  by Dayna Stern

Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah Guide Book

by Dayna Stern (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes With Dogs Utah  by Dayna Stern
Utah boasts 84,900 square miles of wilderness and recreation areas, parks, and national forests. But the Beehive State is home to high deserts, hot slickrock, and harsh climates, so finding safe, dog-friendly trails can be confusing. Luckily, Dayna Stern and her retrievers, Harry and Freddie, have sniffed out Utah’s finest trails for our four-legged friends! Best Hikes with Dogs: Utah features pooch-perfect trails that your dog will love, plus tips for navigating Utah’s unique hiking challenges. From easy to strenuous, quick to overnight, these hikes explore miles of Utah’s great outdoors.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 75.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 75.

If you have ever wanted to twirl a guitar case around and sing, “The hills are alive with the sound of music” while surrounded by beautiful children dressed in old curtains, this is the hike for you and your dog.
Midway, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
The Great Salt Lake is home to ten islands. The largest, Antelope Island, holds populations of American bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, coyote, porcupine, and many birds, including some species of birds unique to Antelope Island. With all the birds, anticipate a fair amount of bugs and gnats to send you home with a few itchy souvenirs. Gnats hatch in the spring, so spring hikers should wear long sleeves and pants.
Clearfield, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
This classic hike has it all: abundant wildflowers, waterfalls, weekend crowds, mountain goats and marmots, a shimmering lake, and what could be the best end-of-hike burger in Utah, at Sundance Resort. You and your dog will love the ever-changing scenery, friendly hikers, and challenge of the hike.
Pleasant Grove, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
The easy-to-follow trail offers no obstacles or challenges other than length and an abundance of scouts. During a summer weekday expect to find upward of fifteen scout groups along this trail staking out prime lakefront campsites. Although clearly marked signs require campers to distance themselves 200 feet from all lakeshores, local scout troops appear to exempt themselves. The good news is that these happy and noisy kids all seem to love dogs and the terrain is spectacular.
Oakley, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10
The city and drainage of Battle Creek earned their names from a fight between the Mormon pioneers and the local Ute tribe in 1849.
Pleasant Grove, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
This area was set aside by the federal government in 1966 because of the dense population of Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia). Joshua trees grow at altitudes of 2000–6000 feet above sea level. They are the largest plants in the yucca family. Unlike most plants, the Joshua tree is pollinated by a moth rather than a bee. The name comes from the early Mormon pioneers who saw the limbs of the tree as a symbol of the biblical figure Joshua, waving them on to the promised land. Local tribes who lived in the area as long as 5000 years ago used Joshua trees to make baskets and footwear.
Ivins, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 0
The large parking lot is dotted with restrooms, picnic pavilions, sports areas, and, often, scout troops. Upon arrival your canine family may salivate at the thought of hiking with Frisbee-throwing, burger-grilling scouts. Quickly trot to the trailhead at the north side of the parking lot and within a few steps you find yourselves in a quiet and remote wilderness, free from heat and crowds. This is an ideal hike for large get-togethers because the nonhikers can enjoy the creature comforts of a city park and get the barbecue going while the rest of the crew works up an appetite on the trail.
Provo, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Hiding in the midst of Utah’s central desert is 11,000-foot Boulder Mountain. With its own distinct weather system, ecosystem, and alpine environment, it provides a respite from the scorching sun and arid landscapes of nearby Capitol Reef. But what makes this hike spectacular is the sense that you are walking in a shaded and verdant balcony looking down on the red, pink, yellow, and purple rocks of Utah’s famous “red rock country.” And all this only twenty minutes outside the fun and funky town of Torrey with its famous restaurant Café Diablo.
Grover, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
With animal carcasses, meadows, aspen, pine, spruce, creeks, and views, this is an exciting hike for dogs. The stream in the canyon runs strong in the late spring, but be sure to bring water for your dog in the heat of the summer. This section of the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is spectacular in the fall when the aspens and scrub oaks are glowing. Center Canyon is especially popular with hunters in the fall. Wear blaze orange and check with the ranger station for hunting season dates. In the summer, watch for stinging nettles.
Heber City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
Few people have ever heard of Utah’s Tushar Range, located in the Fishlake National Forest. City Creek Peak is an easy and dry summit hike to add to your dog’s hiking experiences. From the 11,161-foot summit you can quietly enjoy vistas of almost the whole state, including Fish Lake, Utah’s largest mountain lake. Although the Tushar Range receives an average of 450 inches of snow a year, in the summer this hike is dry as well as high. Carry water for your dog. Take this one slow and easy, as dogs get fatigued at high elevations just like we do.
Beaver, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
Both terrible and beautiful, Dark Canyon is an excellent choice for very strong dogs in search of solitude and desert wilderness. You and your dog will be panting on the way in and out of the canyon, but tails will wag once you’re on the canyon floor where opportunities to swim and roll in the sand abound. Bring plenty of water for your pup and be sure to have a cooler of water waiting for you on your return.
Monticello, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
Deseret Peak is the highest peak in Tooele (pronounced too-will-la) County, one county and several million years apart from neighboring Salt Lake County. Deseret is also the highest point in the Stansbury Range, which is part of the Great Basin Range. The Great Basin Range stretches from the Sierra Nevada to the Wasatch Front. As an endorheic basin, the Great Basin doesn’t drain into rivers, lakes, or oceans. Instead, these regions reabsorb water through seepage back into the basin or lose water through evaporation. Endorheic basins usually result in a salt lake or salt pan such as Mono Lake on the east side of the Sierra Nevada and the Great Salt Lake.
Tooele, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
If ever there was a hike where your dog and you could feel completely satisfied within 0.25 mile of leaving your car, this may be it. The drive up Weber Canyon is like driving through a ranch resort calendar, and once you start walking your tail will wag from the beauty of the area.
Oakley, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
From Salt Lake City, go up Parleys Canyon on Interstate 80, then turn right (south) on US 40. Just after descending from the dam, watch for River Road on your right at the first traffic light. Drive 2 miles, turning right at the Dutch Hollow sign. Find the trailhead as above.
Midway, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
Dogs are denied access to the wonders of Zion National Park. Eagle Crags, Water Canyon, Kanarra Creek, and Spring Creek allow your dog to experience Zion without entering the park. Eagle Crags offers an eagle’s-eye view of the southern reaches of the park. From a shady and pleasant stroll through the pines and junipers, you and your dog can appreciate the park together.
Rockville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Officials call this hike the Big Rock Trail. Locals or those of us who like a little more originality in our names know this sweet little hike as the Elephant Rock Trail
Bountiful, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
This watery adventure leads you and your dog downstream beneath white sandstone and red Wingate walls. (Wingate refers to a type of rock dating back 200 million years, to the end of the Triassic era.) Your paws will remain wet the whole way—time the hike so you don’t get too cold hiking in the desert! Since this is a one-way junket, leave a shuttle car at the east end of the trail or arrange in advance for a pickup. Don’t count on cell service in this remote area.
Escalante, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
Located in the middle of the Uintas, Fehr Lake and companion lakes Shepard, Hoover, and Marshall offer the novice hiker and dogs a perfect entry-level hike into the Uintas. Rocky mountain peaks, dazzling wildflowers, and plenty of water make this a superlative half-day hike. Depending on energy level, choose one, two, three, or all four of these gemlike lakes to explore. Because this hike is short and accessible, don’t expect a honeymoon hike. Kids, small dogs, and mature hikers will love all this hike dishes up. The ambitious can launch a multiday backpacking trip from Fehr Lake.
Oakley, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Ferguson Canyon is a delightful dog hike nestled between two dogless watershed canyons. With year-round water and lots of shade, it’s a cool respite from the blazing summer heat. Expect to find lots of climbers and dogs on this rugged trail that leads you up 1424 feet to a promontory overlooking Salt Lake City.
Cottonwood Heights, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
A quick, level, and easy hike over a wide, smooth trail along a year-round creek leading to gorgeous falls and hot springs: does it get any better? The sulfurous smell of hard-boiled eggs is more than a dog can handle without throwing himself to the ground in ecstatic glee. This hike is a real winner for everyone looking for a pretty and relaxing hike with a little something extra. Be advised that not everyone wears a bathing suit in the hot springs, so some dogs may get a big view of something extra.
Spanish Fork, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5