The Best Hikes in Utah

Timpanogos UtahFrom its majestic northern mountains to its stunning southern slickrock, the great state of Utah is home to some of the nation's best hiking. With five national parks and more than 40 state parks,the state has a wide variety of hiking trails. Here are four of Utah's most scenic and popular hiking and backpacking trails.

Kings Peak

Take a two- or three-day trip to the top of Utah. At 13,528 feet, Kings Peak is Utah's highest summit. With those kind of bragging rights it is no wonder several hundred people ascend its 16-mile (one way) trail every summer. A hike to the top offers a 4,100-foot elevation gain and views of two states (Utah and Wyoming). While the route is most popular during the summer months of July and August, it can also be summited in late June and early September. Backpackers should be aware that cold weather can persist even in these warm months and should pack accordingly.

Mount Timpanogos (picture above)

Hike past waterfalls, glaciers, mountain goats and wildflowers on your way to the top of Mount Timpanogos. One of Utah's premier mountain summits, Mount Timpanogos or "Timp" offers its hikers an elevation gain of nearly a mile on its 14-mile (round trip) trail. Timpanogos can be climbed year round. It is most popular in the summer. Winter hiking requires special equipment and winter climbing skills.

Angels Landing

Sit with the angels in one of Zion National Park's most popular and exciting trails. The 5-mile round trip trail can be traversed by hikers of all skill sets. However, the last leg of the hike takes you across steep exposed cliff faces. Chains are in place for added safety, but hikers with a fear of heights should not attempt the vertigo-inducing final section. Angel's Landing can be hiked in spring, summer and fall but should not be attempted in the winter. Ice can make the trail extremely dangerous.

The Subway

Hike in Zion National Park's back country and discover a new world. Located in the Kolob section of Zion National Park, The Subway is one of the park's best back-country hikes. This 9.5-mile day hike takes you down steep sheets of slickrock into mysterious slot canyons filled with emerald green water. Because of the popularity of this hike it is necessary to get a permit months in advance from the Zion National Park back-country desk. This hike can be done late-May through August. Snow run-off makes the water icy in the early months of summer.

Article Written By Hollie Reina

Based in St. George, Utah, Hollie Reina recently started her professional writing career writing outdoor-related articles for She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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