Neffs Canyon

Salt Lake City, Utah 84124

Neffs Canyon

Neffs Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Neffs Canyon is perhaps the closest trailhead for backcountry skiing in the Salt Lake City area. This drainage is very popular with hikers and dogs, even in the winter months, but it sees little love from backcountry skiers and splitboarders due to its low elevation, brushy slopes, and long approach to the upper basin where you can find some actual skiable slopes. But if you put in the effort to skin to the top, you’ll reap the benefit of empty aspects, massive views from rocky summits, and a chance to make turns where most skiers never think to go. Neffs is also a good alternate approach for shuttle tours into Mill Creek Canyon via Porter Fork."

More Neffs Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"This spur canyon just south of Mill Creek Canyon has led its life in the shadows of Mount Olympus, so its beauty and history are often overlooked. The steep trail ascends along one of the many canyon streams to a high aspenringed meadow surrounded by towering peaks."

"Just south of busy Mill Creek, Neffs Canyon offers an alternative hike for those not interested in the crowds or the day use fee at Mill Creek."

Neffs Canyon Reviews

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This is a tough hike, so steep! There is a good amount of shade from trees along the way, which is a major plus in the summer heat. There are several trail options here, too. Definitely a work out but the amazing views are worth it.
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This trail not a walk in the park. It starts out real steep. After about 1/4 mile you start up some switch-backs. Some camping available near by. The last 1/4 mile is the best part. Three-point contact needed here.

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Trail Information

Salt Lake City
Nearby City
4,166 feet
Elevation Gain
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
5,610 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,776 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
USGS Sugar House, Mount Aire; Wasatch Backcountry Skiing; Alpentech Wasatch Touring 1
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