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Conquer Utah's Wasatch Front: 15 Epic Hikes (Easy, Intermediate & Advanced) ️

Unleash your inner explorer and discover Utah's breathtaking trails along the Wasatch Front. This guide explores 15 amazing hikes for all skill levels, from easy family-friendly paths to challenging treks for experienced adventurers. Lace up your boots and get ready to experience the beauty of Utah's diverse landscapes.

Girl hiking Utah's best trails
Girl on top of summit.

Utah's landscape is a breathtaking tapestry of towering red rock canyons, emerald green valleys, and snow-capped peaks. It's no wonder that Utah is a hiker's paradise, offering trails for every skill level, from leisurely strolls to challenging treks that test your endurance. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a curious first-timer, there's a Utah hike waiting to be explored.

But before you lace up your boots and hit the trail, it's important to find a hike that aligns with your experience and fitness level. This blog will be your guide, providing detailed descriptions of the top 5 easiest, intermediate, and advanced hikes in Utah.  We'll also delve into the importance of getting outside and the benefits it offers for both your physical and mental well-being.


Why We Need Nature


Studies by the National Institute of Health (  have shown that spending time in nature offers a multitude of benefits. Immersing yourself in natural surroundings can reduce stress levels, improve mood, boost creativity, and even strengthen your immune system.  Being outdoors provides a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allowing you to reconnect with yourself and appreciate the simple beauty of the world around you.


Exploring Utah's Diverse Trails

This blog is just a starting point for your Utah hiking adventure.  Remember, preparation is key!  Always check trail conditions before you go, pack plenty of water and snacks, and dress appropriately for the weather.  With a little planning and the right hike for your skill level, Utah's trails promise an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and connected to the natural world.

Girl smiling and hiking Utah trails
Girl smiling and hiking Utah trails


Easy Adventures (Perfect for Families and Casual Hikers):

Easy hikes are perfect for introducing new hikers to the wonders of the Wasatch Front. These trails are typically well-maintained and have gentle inclines. They are ideal for families with young children or those seeking a casual stroll through scenic landscapes. Expect short distances (less than 5 miles roundtrip) with minimal elevation gain. Hikers on easy trails should come prepared with comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

1.      Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir (Sandy, UT): 2.4-mile loop trail. Embrace stunning scenery and crisp Utah air on the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir hike, a 2.4-mile loop near Sandy. This easy path takes just over an hour to complete, offering opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, and soaking in the beauty of the surrounding foothills. While perfect for a solo adventure, expect to share the trail with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your boots and head out between March and October – and remember, this hike is a leash-free zone for furry companions. Directions:,-111.92839


2.       Mount Olympus Pipeline (Uinta-Wasatch): 3 miles. Escape the urban buzz and find serenity on Mount Olympus' Pipeline Trail. This 3-mile out-and-back adventure, perfect for hikers and runners alike, unfolds near Salt Lake City. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you conquer the easy route, taking in around 1.5 hours. Keep your eyes peeled for feathered friends – the trail is a haven for birdwatchers. Expect to share the path with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, but with stunning scenery and the option for furry companions (off-leash in some areas) to join the fun, it's an adventure for everyone. Lace up your boots and hit the trail between April and October for an unforgettable escape. Directions:,+Utah/40.69949,-111.72116/@40.7237631,-111.981532,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu

3.      Mill B South Trail (Uinta-Wasatch): .6 miles. Unveiling a hidden gem, the Mill B South Trail offers a quick escape for walkers, runners, and birdwatchers near Mounthaven, Utah. This easy 0.6-mile out-and-back path takes just 17 minutes to complete, making it perfect for a lunchtime stroll or a post-work refresh. Keep your eyes peeled for feathered friends flitting through the trees and enjoy the gentle murmur of the stream as you soak in the fresh mountain air. Remember, this peaceful path is a leash-free zone for furry companions, so leave your pups at home and embrace the serenity of Mill B South. Directions:,-111.72336

4.      Parley’s Historic Nature Trail Loop (Parley’s Historic Nature Park): 1.9 miles. Step back in time and immerse yourself in nature on the Parley's Historic Nature Trail Loop near Murray, Utah. This easy 1.9-mile loop winds through a historic hollow, offering a glimpse into the past alongside stunning scenery. Breathe in crisp mountain air as you explore remnants of an old tollhouse, wine cellar, and aqueduct, remnants of the area's rich history. Keep your eyes peeled for feathered friends and share the path with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, including furry companions who can roam leash-free in designated areas. Perfect for a quick escape or a family outing, this trail offers a unique blend of history and nature, making it a must-explore for anyone seeking a dose of fresh air and local heritage. Directions:,-111.81799

5.      Dry Creek Loop Trail (Dimple Dell Regional Park): 2.6 Miles. Unveiling a scenic escape for hikers, birders, and even horseback riders, Dry Creek Loop Trail near Sandy, Utah, offers a taste of tranquility year-round. This 2.6-mile loop, boasting easy terrain, promises a refreshing hour of exploration. While the trail can get lively, seek out quieter moments to truly connect with nature's beauty.  Keep your eyes peeled for feathered friends flitting amongst the trees, and embrace the freedom to explore alongside your leashed canine companion. Whether you seek a winter wonderland or a summer escape, Dry Creek Loop Trail offers a delightful adventure for all. Directions:,+Utah/40.56221,-111.85169/@40.6596459,-112.0468067,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu

Group of teens  hiking Utah trails
Group of teens hiking in Utah


Intermediate Adventures (For Hikers Seeking a Moderate Challenge):

Intermediate hikes offer a moderate challenge for hikers looking to step it up a notch from easy trails. These trails may have steeper sections, switchbacks, and more rugged terrain. They are a great way to experience beautiful scenery while getting a good workout. Expect moderate distances (between 3 and 7 miles roundtrip) with moderate elevation gain. Intermediate hikers should be in good physical condition and come prepared with proper footwear, hiking poles (optional but helpful), a backpack with enough water and snacks for the duration of the hike, and appropriate clothing layers for changing weather conditions.

1.      Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail (Uinta-Wasatch):  : 4.8 miles. Conquer a moderate challenge and be rewarded with breathtaking vistas on the Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail. This 4.8-mile out-and-back adventure near Salt Lake City offers a workout with a view. Switchbacks guide you steadily upwards, revealing the sprawling cityscape with each step. Though the trail can get crowded with fellow hikers and snowshoers (especially during the prime May-October season), the payoff is undeniable.  Leashed canine companions are welcome to join the adventure, making this a perfect challenge for those seeking fresh air, exercise, and a panoramic perspective of the urban jungle below. Directions:,-111.74004

2.      Little Cottonwood Trail (Uinta-Wasatch):: 5.4 miles. Embrace a moderately challenging adventure on the Little Cottonwood Trail near Sandy, Utah. This 5.4-mile out-and-back journey winds alongside a refreshing stream, offering a workout with a dose of natural beauty. Conquer rolling hills and scenic switchbacks as you navigate the path, popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and even snowshoers in the winter. While the trail can get lively, the peaceful murmur of the stream and the breathtaking views make it a worthwhile escape. Lace up your boots and hit the trail between May and October, but remember to leave your furry friend at home – this path is a canine-free zone. Directions:,-111.77467

3.      Stairs Gulch Trail (Twin Peaks Wilderness): 1.6 miles. Craving a challenging hike with stunning rewards? Look no further than Stairs Gulch Trail near Mounthaven, Utah. This 1.6-mile out-and-back adventure isn't for the faint of heart, but the breathtaking views are worth the climb. Navigate steep inclines and rocky terrain, sharing the path (though likely not the solitude) with hikers, rock climbers, and even skiers in the winter. While the trail can be crowded, the chance to conquer a challenging ascent and witness the panoramic vista will leave you breathless (in the best way possible). Just remember to leave your furry friend at home – this trail is off-limits to canine companions. Directions:,-111.74313

4.      Bonneville Shoreline Trail via Heughs Canyon (Uinta-Wasatch): 5 miles. Unveiling a scenic out-and-back adventure for hikers and runners, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail via Heughs Canyon offers a taste of Utah's natural beauty year-round. This 5-mile adventure, classified as moderately challenging, takes you on a journey through foothills and canyons, with stunning views as your reward.  Expect to share the path with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, but with leash-friendly policies and breathtaking vistas around every bend, this trail promises a refreshing escape for you and your furry companion. Directions:,+Utah/40.63676,-111.79795/@40.6986841,-111.93623,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu

5.      Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail (Uinta-Wasatch): 8.7 miles. Embark on an epic adventure through Utah's majestic landscape on the Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail. This 8.7-mile out-and-back adventure, while moderately challenging, rewards you with breathtaking vistas around every bend. Start your journey at the historic Temple Quarry, where granite stones used to build Salt Lake City's iconic temple once resided.  The trail then winds alongside the refreshing Little Cottonwood Creek, offering a cool escape on hot days.  Though popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and even snowshoers (during the March-October window), the trail offers plenty of space to appreciate the scenery. Lace up your boots and leave your furry companions at home – this path is a canine-free zone, but the memories you create will be unforgettable. Directions:,+Utah/40.57319,-111.77653/@40.6666888,-111.9266388,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu

Summit Journey leader helping teen up an advanced Utah trail.
Summit Journey Leader helping teen up advanced hiking trail.




Advanced Adventures (For Experienced Hikers Only):

Advanced hikes are designed for experienced hikers seeking a serious challenge.  These trails can be long and strenuous, with significant elevation gain, exposed sections, and potentially hazardous terrain. They require excellent physical fitness, strong navigational skills, and a deep respect for the power of nature. Advanced hikers should be thoroughly prepared with all the gear recommended for intermediate hikes, with additional  precautions such as studying the trail map in detail, checking weather forecasts religiously before venturing out, and  potentially  needing  navigation tools like a compass or GPS,  and  emergency gear like a headlamp and a first-aid kit.  Always  advise someone of your planned route and estimated return time before embarking on an advanced hike.

1.  Mount Timpanogos Summit Trail (Mount Timpanogos Wilderness): Distance: 13.9 miles.   Summon your inner adventurer and conquer the legendary Mount Timpanogos Trail! This challenging 13.9-mile out-and-back odyssey, nestled near Aspen Grove, Utah, promises a full day of breathtaking vistas and unforgettable experiences.  Traverse through diverse landscapes, from lush meadows to alpine basins, all culminating in the summit's triumphant 11,750-foot elevation. Expect to share the trail with fellow backpackers, campers, and leashed canine companions during the prime May-October season.  This epic journey is a test of endurance, but the panoramic views and the satisfaction of reaching the top will leave you feeling on top of the world. Directions:,-111.60519

2.  Mineral Fork Trail (Uinta- Wasatch): Distance: 9.8 miles. Embrace a wild adventure on the Mineral Fork Trail, a challenging 9.8-mile out-and-back journey near Salt Lake City. This rugged route caters to all seasons, offering opportunities for cross-country skiing in winter and epic hikes or mountain bike rides year-round.  While the trail can get lively with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, seek out the quieter moments to truly connect with the dramatic scenery.  Hike through dense forests, past historic mine sites, and into a dramatic upper bowl, all while leaving your furry friend at home – this path is for human explorers only. So lace up your boots, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and conquer the Mineral Fork Trail. Directions:,+Utah/40.63657,-111.69851/@40.6923734,-111.9910434,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu

3.  Lake Blanche Trail (Twin Peaks Wilderness Distance: 7 miles.  Seek alpine serenity on the challenging 7-mile Lake Blanche Trail near Mounthaven, Utah. This out-and-back adventure demands your best but rewards you with breathtaking vistas at every turn. Navigate switchbacks through wildflower meadows and towering pines, culminating in the jewel-toned beauty of Lake Blanche itself.  Prepare to share the trail with fellow backpackers, campers, and hikers during the June-October season, but the chance to witness pristine mountain scenery and the tranquility of the lake will leave you feeling truly refreshed.  Just remember, this adventure is for human explorers only – leave your furry companions at home and embrace the solitude of the mountains. Directions:,-111.72378

4. Mount Olympus Trail  (Mount Olympus Wilderness): 6.9 miles. Ascend to legendary heights on the challenging Mount Olympus Trail near Cottonwood Heights, Utah. This 6.9-mile out-and-back adventure isn't for the faint of heart, but the awe-inspiring views from the summit are worth every step. Conquer switchbacks that wind through ever-changing terrain, from foothills to alpine meadows. You might even encounter fellow hikers with their furry companions in designated off-leash zones. Though the trail can get crowded, especially between March and October, the chance to conquer a local landmark and witness the sprawling Salt Lake Valley below will leave you breathless. Directions:,-111.80623

5. Red Pine Lake and Gloria Falls via White Pine Trail (Lone Peak Wilderness): 7.7 miles. Unearth a hidden gem on the challenging 7.7-mile Red Pine Lake and Gloria Falls trail near Alta, Utah. This adventure pushes your limits but rewards you with breathtaking alpine beauty. Hike through wildflower meadows and conquer switchbacks until you reach the cascading wonder of Gloria Falls. Continue your trek to the pristine shores of Red Pine Lake, a jewel nestled amidst towering peaks. Prepare to share the trail with fellow backpackers and hikers during the April-November season, but the chance to witness cascading waterfalls and a serene alpine lake, all dog-free, will leave you feeling truly accomplished and at peace. Directions:,+Utah/40.57546,-111.68116/@40.6655763,-111.9615131,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x87523d9488d131ed:0x5b53b7a0484d31ca!2m2!1d-111.8910474!2d40.7607793!1m0?entry=ttu





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