Salt Lake City’s location is unbeatable with its proximity to the mountains and all of the hiking and activities they have to offer, the beauty of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island, to its easy access to the Southern Utah desert. We are lucky to have so many great hiking trails and trailheads within city limits or just a short drive from the city. The One Group Utah put together this list of 10 Great Hiking Trails In & Around Salt Lake City. Enjoy!

 

Donut Falls Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Heavily trafficked, 3.2 mile out and back trail featuring a waterfall and good for all skill levels. It is accessible year-round. This trail does travel through and/or access potential avalanche terrain so caution is advised during winter months.

 

Willow Lake Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

A 2.4 mile, heavily trafficked loop trail offering jaw-dropping views of the mountains, an alpine lake and Solitude Ski Resort. There are a number of activity options available and the trail is accessible year-round. This trail does travel through and/or access potential avalanche terrain so caution is advised during winter months.

Living Room Lookout Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Located on the edge of Salt Lake City with the trailhead just east of The University of Utah, Living Room Lookout Trail is a 2.3 mile, heavily trafficked out and back trail offering scenic views of the valley. The trail is primarily used for hiking and dogs are welcome.

 

Big Cottonwood Canyon’s Hidden Falls

Difficulty: Easy

A short and sweet but heavily trafficked out and back trail, good for all skill levels. The trail is accessible year-round. This trail does travel through and/or access potential avalanche terrain so caution is advised during winter months.

 

Salt Lake Overlook via Desolation Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Heavily trafficked, 4.2 mile out and back trail primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing. The trail is best accessed May until October and leashed dogs are welcome. The well-maintained trail climbs by switchback to a viewpoint overlooking Salt Lake City.

 

Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Difficulty: Easy

A 3.3 mile, heavily trafficked out and back trail, good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are welcome and this trail provides a great overlook of the Salt Lake Valley and the Great Salt Lake.

Lake Mary Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

An out & back, heavily trafficked 2.6-mile trail near Salt Lake City and features beautiful wild flowers.  With a plethora of activity options, the trail is best accessed from January until October. This trail does travel through and/or access potential avalanche terrain so caution is advised during winter months.

 

Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

Difficulty: Easy

An easy, out and back trail, less than one mile in length that offers scenic views of the Salt Lake Valley & Great Salt Lake. The trail is good for all skill levels, accessible year-round, and dog-friendly as long as the dogs are leashed.

Bells Canyon Trail to Lower falls

Difficulty: Moderate

Heavily trafficked, 4.6 mile out and back trail featuring a lake and primarily used for hiking, running and snowshoeing. The trail is best used from June until October. This trail does travel through and/or access potential avalanche terrain so caution is advised during winter months.

Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork

Difficulty: Hard
This heavily trafficked, 6-mile out and back trail features a waterfall and a number of activity options. The trail is accessible year-round and dogs are welcome- dogs are allowed off-leash on odd days and must be leashed on even days. There is a $5 fee per car to enter this canyon and it is paid as you leave.