100 Classic Hikes Utah  by Julie K. Trevelyan

100 Classic Hikes Utah

by Julie K. Trevelyan (The Mountaineers Books)
100 Classic Hikes Utah  by Julie K. Trevelyan
Utah inspires the hiker’s imagination and desire to explore like few other states due to its wildly diverse and gorgeous scenery. From its wildflower-dotted high alpine flanks to deep red canyon twists and turns, from sparkling mountain lakes tucked beneath the aerie folds of ancient volcanic basins to geologically wondrous sandstone carvings and monoliths that seem to defy gravity, Utah’s hiking trails beckon to people of all ages, abilities, and nationalities. Within the state’s more than 70 percent public lands lie some of the most breathtaking trails to grace the planet. These hikes range from nearly flat strolls of a mere half hour to heart-pounding multiday routes that include steep vertical ascents.

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Trails from the "100 Classic Hikes Utah" Guide Book
100 Trail Guides

The fast and fit hiker can complete this beautiful, popular trail in one day, and many do just that. For full enjoyment and more solitude during the evening and early morning, however, a more leisurely overnight trip is suggested. For a more tranquil hike, try to come on a weekday or earlier or later in the season. Best hiked from mid-late September, this very popular area is often overrun with vehicles and people during the height of the summer season. But even with the crowds, this gorgeous hike is a gem to remember.
Kamas, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
Without a doubt one of Zion’s signature hikes as well as one known around the world, Angels Landing got its name in 1916 when an awestruck observer declared that only an angel could land on it. Soaring above the valley floor with a majestic air, Angels Landing beckons to thousands of hikers every year. While technically there are no major trail obstacles, the 1500-foot elevation gain, a chained area along the spine, and the dizzying height deter some.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5 miles
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Accessible directly from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Bald Mountain is a marvelous lung-burner that affords those who reach its rocky top incomparable 360-degree views across a rolling landscape of mountains and lakes as far as the eye can see. Although short in length, this hike’s elevation gain means you will be exercising those lungs on the way up. A trailhead point for a maze of hikes that lead deep into the wilderness, Bald Mountain is also home to a herd of mountain goats that the sharp-eyed can sometimes easily spot, due to their bright white coats, as they lounge or graze on the steep mountain sides.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The Wasatch Mountain Range sprawls from the Idaho border to nearly halfway through Utah, covering about 250 miles north to south. Tall peaks, beautiful rocky cirques with alpine lakes nestled into them, pine trees towering above trails, and wildlife ranging from bears to moose to chipmunks all make these mountains a nearby playground for hikers who choose to settle in or visit local areas. Steep mountainsides, cascading waterfalls, accessibility, and a choice of how far to hike— you can turn around at the first waterfall or march all the way to the upper reservoir—all serve to make Bells Canyon (rather confusingly also called Bell Canyon, but they are one and the same) a very popular hike.
Salt Lake City, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.5
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The less visited Needles District of Canyonlands is quite beautiful, and sometimes even more pleasant due to fewer crowds.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
Grassy green meadows, tall shading trees, magnificent views, and serious elevation gain—all hallmarks of most hikes in the Wasatch—are a beautiful part and parcel of this lovely trail nestled into the gorgeous Provo Canyon area.
Provo, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 11.5
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Seeing three beautiful lakes in one easy fell swoop makes this trail very popular with families and day hikers. Mary, Martha, and Catherine are all different enough from one another to maintain interest, and, frankly, just a lovely example of a little string of lakes left in this area by ancient glacial action.
Salt Lake City, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
Bullet Canyon is an ominous name for a stunning canyon that holds ancient treasures in the form of ruins left behind more than 800 years ago. Not only are the intriguing ruins a draw, the canyon itself is a remarkable example of southern Utah landscape and a step into geologic as well as human history.
Hanksville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
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Visitors coming into Zion from the east entrance often stop at Canyon Overlook for their first glimpse of the famed canyon, and this view does not disappoint. Accessible to many, this brief hike becomes an extraordinary experience when you reach the viewpoint and are presented with the jaw-dropping grandeur of Zion Canyon.
Springdale, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.0
Although the name implies the hidden quality of this trail, the secret is long out. Very popular due to its brevity and beauty, Cecret Lake (sometimes spelled Secret Lake, or even Seacret Lake due to a long history of spelling variations by different parties, beginning with the miners who originally named it) is an easy hike that is tailor-made for families, those less agile or swift of foot, or anyone short on time but long on desire to experience some of the gorgeous backcountry of the Wasatch.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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Chesler Park itself is a small desert meadow, flat and covered with sagebrush, pinyons, junipers, and other hardy plant denizens of the high Utah canyonlands. But it is also a magnificent place surrounded with gorgeous red-andwhite sandstone towers whose intriguing shapes fascinate the eye and encourage exploration.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.5
Appropriate for those wanting a leisurely exploration, Clyde Lake is another stunner of a hike that demonstrates the alpine beauty of the Uintas while introducing you to but some of its thousands of lakes. Clyde Lake is only one of the lakes on this loop, which will take you past no less than sixteen of them, more if you opt for side trips.
Kamas, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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This stunning combination of three trails offers a trip right into the sandstone heart of Capitol Reef National Park. There are two choices of starting point for Cohab Canyon: a trailhead on State Route 24 or the one on the Scenic Drive, just by the campground. This route starts from the Scenic Drive trailhead for less driving time, and the stroll down the canyon itself is more breathtaking from its western end.
Torrey, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Spanning a period from 2500 to 700 years ago, an ancient group of people known now as Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the remote Grand Gulch Primitive Area on Cedar Mesa.
Hanksville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.5
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Tall enough to fly a small plane through—not that that’s remotely advisable—Corona Arch is a really breathtaking arch just outside Moab. Not in any of the national parks, this arch is still popular due to its gorgeous shape as well as the relative ease of access. With its 335-foot span and 140-foot height, not to mention its sinuous curve as it delicately reaches out from the sandstone rock of which it once was fully a part, Corona Arch is one of the most beautiful examples of a natural arch to be found in all of Utah. The fact that your trail to and from the arch is mostly slickrock only adds to the appeal of this hike.
Moab, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.0
Stunning and grand, Coyote Gulch is considered by many to be the pinnacle of southern Utah hiking. A massive, breathtaking arch, gracefully towering sandstone canyon walls, a lush riparian area winding through the desert, small waterfalls, and smaller but still impressive arches all adorn this large, popular gulch.
Boulder, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26.4
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Uncrowded yet still gorgeous, filled with an abundance of natural cracks in walls, pocked with wind-blown holes, and home of slot slithering and downclimbs, Crack Canyon is an awfully fun canyon that is off the beaten path yet accessible enough to be a great place for families or simply those who want to avoid the far more popular areas closer to Goblin Valley.
Hanksville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.0
Despite the grim name, Dead Horse Point State Park boasts some of the best views in the state, if not the entire country. With vistas that span from Green River to the La Sal Mountains, sweeping over the mass of wrinkled, crumpled canyons and mesas and buttes and river carvings of neighboring Canyonlands National Park, this state park packs in an amazing concentration of easy trails with mind-blowing views.
Moab, UT - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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Considered by many to be one of the premier hiking areas in the Grand Staircase– Escalante area, the ominously named Death Hollow (supposedly called thus due to the number of livestock that slipped or plunged to their deaths from the high, scrabbly slickrock sections over the years) contains sandstone beauty of staggering variety.
Boulder, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20.5
Never heard of the Tushar Mountains? That’s a good thing if you’re seeking solitude in a backcountry setting that easily rivals anything in the Wasatch Range farther north. The Tushars are the third-highest mountain range in Utah (the Uintas are first, followed by the La Sals outside Moab), and Delano Peak tops out at 12,179 feet, making it the highest point in two counties: Piute and Beaver.
Beaver, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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Feb 2019