Mormon Pioneer Trail

Wanship, Utah

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The Donner Party blazed this historic trail in 1846, followed by 70,000 Mormon pioneers from 1847 to 1868. The trail also served as a leg of the Pony Express route. Still, for all its history, this section of the trail remains an inviting, tranquil, and exceptionally beautiful path through the woods of a gentle canyon. It’s most alluring in late spring and early fall. If you can do only a short portion of the hike or a round-trip, choose the quieter, more remote 4-mile section from Mormon Flat to Big Mountain, where your chances of sharing the trail with wildlife are increased.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City

by Greg Witt (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Donner Party blazed this historic trail in 1846, followed by 70,000 Mormon pioneers from 1847 to 1868. The trail also served as a leg of the Pony Express route. Still, for all its history, this section of the trail remains an inviting, tranquil, and exceptionally beautiful path through the woods of a gentle canyon.

It’s most alluring in late spring and early fall. If you can do only a short portion of the hike or a round-trip, choose the quieter, more remote 4-mile section from Mormon Flat to Big Mountain, where your chances of sharing the trail with wildlife are increased.

©  Greg Witt/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wanship
Distance: 9.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4–5 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, early fall
Local Maps: USGS: Mountain Dell
Driving Directions: Directions to Mormon Pioneer Trail

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