Best Backpacking in Utah

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Coyote Gulch


Coyote Gulch is one of the quintessential and most popular hikes in the Escalante area. Those who enjoy only the most untouched wilderness will likely resent the evidence of past grazing in Coyote Gul…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Escalante, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 28 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Buckskin Gulch


Buckskin Gulch is arguably the premier set of narrows in the United States. The gulch is long and deep, leaving few opportunities to get out. Ensure a dry weather forecast before entering and contact…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Kanab, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 23 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#3. Mount Timpanogos via Aspen Grove Trail


A spectacular—and popular—ascent to the summit of the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range, this trek is suitable as a day hike or overnighter but most popular as a day hike. Timpanogos forms…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Orem, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 12 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Malans Peak


A moderately demanding hike and scramble located east of Ogden in the Wasatch Mountains, featuring spectacular views of Ogden, the Salt Lake Valley, and a 400-foot waterfall. Beginning just east of Og…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Ogden, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 5.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Kane Gulch Ranger Station to Bullet Canyon Trailhead


This premium three- to four-day trip surveys what is arguably the most attractive segment of 52-mile long Grand Gulch, one of the top backcountry destinations in the Glen Canyon region. Grand Gulch…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region"
Mexican Hat, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 22.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Lake Hardy


After 2.5 miles and 1500 feet up, you arrive at the Wilderness Area boundary and the First Hamongog, a beautiful meadow with a perennial stream running on its south edge. The trail starts at the parki…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Alpine, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 13 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. High Uintas Trek


For a serious backpacking trip into the heart of the High Uintas and awe-inspiring alpine scenery, this is the hike.…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Kamas, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 54 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#8. Kings Peak


The numerous lakes here are great for fishing and camping, and the area is heavily used. At Anderson Pass you leave the trail and begin the climb to the highest point in the state at 13,528 feet. The…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Mountain View, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 28 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#9. West Rim Trail


The trail drops down a large cliff through a series of switchbacks carved in the sandstone, passes beneath the cliffs of Mount Majestic and Cathedral Mountain to the south. Veering south, you walk acr…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Springdale, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Hurricane Wash to Coyote Gulch


Coyote Gulch is the most well-known, and well-used, canyon in the Escalante region—and for good reasons.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region"
Escalante, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 26.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Arch Canyon


A little-known box canyon on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land suitable for a long day hike or two- to four-day backpacking trip, using the extra time to explore the numerous side cany…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Blanding, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 18 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Death Hollow Trail


This is one of those special hikes that has something for almost everyone. The first part of the route follows the old Boulder Mail Trail, a historical trail characterized by wide vistas of slickrock…
From the guidebook "Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails"
Escalante, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 20.4 miles
Published by Rincon Publishing

#13. Under-the-Rim Trail


A two- to three-day backpack in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a remote hike through the base of the older sections of Bryce Canyon, with distant panoramic views, geologic features, abundant wild…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Tropic, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 22.9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Dark Canyon


There are multiple trails down the steep face. The going is slow and tedious, but not as bad as the trip back up will be! You descend 1100+ feet down a 50-percent boulder-strewn slope into the bottom…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Hanksville, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 12 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Kings Peak - Utah Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 7th. Kings Peak makes for a really enjoyable multi-day backpacking trip. Don't cheat yourself out of a positive experience by running up to the summit and back to your car in…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Roosevelt, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 28 miles
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#16. Christmas Meadows to Kermsuh Lake


The trail starts out along the fringes of Christmas Meadows among aspens and pines. To the right is an open meadow, where lush greenery surrounds a slow-running stream. Watch for moose feeding in the…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in Utah"
Kamas, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Wire Pass Trailhead to White House Trailhead via Buckskin Gulch and the Paria River


Buckskin Gulch is the ultimate in slot canyons, being longer and more consistently narrow than any other canyon in the world. Nearly 1,000 hikers from across the nation and around the globe visit Bu…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region"
Church Wells, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 20.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Kolob Arch


A long day hike or overnighter into the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park. Along the way you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the Finger Canyons of the Kolob and massive Kolob Arch, and delightful…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Cedar City, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 14.4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Silver Falls Creek


Silver Falls Creek, a deep and narrow tributary of the Escalante River that carves through the Circle Cliffs, was part of Halls Crossing Road (as was Harris Wash to the west), and even today, a hike…
From the guidebook "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region"
Boulder, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 16.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Deseret Peak


A demanding day hike or overnighter to the highest point in the Stansbury Mountains. Deseret Peak, located in the 25,500-acre Deseret Peak Wilderness, 42 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, offers outs…
From the guidebook "Hiking Utah"
Grantsville, UT - Backpacking, Hiking - 8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides