Jordan River Parkway Access

Salt Lake County, Utah 84123

Elevation Gain25ft
Trailhead Elevation4,287ft
Elevation Min/Max4283/4297ft
Elevation Start/End4287/4287ft

Jordan River Parkway Access

Jordan River Parkway Access is a hiking and biking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is 448 feet long and begins at 4,287 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 25 feet. Near the end of the trail is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Jordan River Parkway.

Jordan River Parkway Access Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Jordan River, which meanders through the center of the Salt Lake Valley, was the lifeline for many of the valley’s early settlements and farms. Today, a walk along the river- hugging parkway trail allows visitors to discover both the human and natural history of the surrounding wetlands and riparian floodplain.

The Jordan River flows fresh from Utah Lake for 60 miles before entering the Great Salt Lake. When completed, the Jordan River Parkway will parallel the river and extend from
Utah County on the south to Davis County on the north. Currently, the section of the parkway featured here is the
longest continuous completed portion and includes some of
the path’s most accessible and enjoyable scenery. The trail snakes its way around the numerous inlets and marshes that dress the banks of the river, making the trail even more circuitous than the river itself."

"The Jordan River Parkway stays close to the river, passing along and through a riparian habitat and floodplain. You can easily reach the trail at dozens of points—parks, street crossings, and residential neighborhoods.

When completed, the parkway will extend from the Utah County line to the south to the Davis County line to the north. The section featured here is the longest continuous completed portion and features some of the path’s most accessible and enjoyable scenery."

"This narrow avenue of cottonwoods and willows, often surrounded by city parks and golf courses, seems to attract a fair number of migrant songbirds in early spring and fall. The park is convenient for trips of varying length, from a half-hour lunch break to a half-day stroll. The birding experience from either of the two entrances described below is likely to be quite similar, so choose an entry point based on convenience.

Specialty birds: Bald Eagle (winter); Prairie Falcon; Western Wood-Pewee; Northern Shrike (winter); Green-tailed and Spotted Towhee; Lazuli Bunting. Other key birds: Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, and Swainson’s Hawks; Ring-necked Pheasant; Franklin’s, Ring-billed, and California Gulls; Common Nighthawk; Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Belted Kingfisher; Red-naped Sapsucker; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Say’s Phoebe; Western Kingbird; Loggerhead Shrike; Plumbeous and Warbling Vireos; Western Scrub-Jay; Tree, Violet-green, Northern Rough-winged, Bank, and Cliff Swallows; Mountain Chickadee (winter); Bewick’s, House, and Marsh Wrens; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Western and Mountain Bluebirds; Hermit Thrush; Cedar Waxwing; Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Common Yellowthroat; Wilson’s Warbler; Western Tanager; American Tree (winter), Brewer’s, Vesper, Savannah, Song, and Lincoln’s Sparrows; Black-headed Grosbeak; Bullock’s Oriole; Cassin’s Finch (winter)."

Jordan River Parkway Access Reviews

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A delightful, relatively steep but short, trial near the city. Use the Trail Guide for general information about the trail. Climbs by stream: easily crossed but quite a bit of water in May. Technical rock climbers frequently use climbing walls on this trail (fun to watch even if not a climber). (Don't climb without expertise and protection.)
This a pretty hike, but I would only do it during the week day or in Sept or early Oct if you can get back there. It is too busy on a summer weekend, and full of Scout troops. If you go when it is not busy, it is an awesome day hike with great payoff. One of my favorite sleeping rocks is on the north side.
You must drive a very steep and narrow 3 mile road to the trail head. The trail is a moderate 1300 foot climb to a beautiful lake. Once there go across the dam up to the left ant there is another smaller lake.

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Trail Information

Salt Lake County
Nearby City
USGS Midvale, Salt Lake City South
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018