Favorite Summer Hikes

Hi Everyone! Matt and I went on so many hikes this summer and we wanted to share our favorites! We hope that people who want to explore the Wasatch Mountains, but aren’t sure what hikes to go on can use our list 🙂

WILLOW HEIGHTS

This is the first hike I went on after moving to Utah! Its 3 miles round trip and 700 ft of elevation, so it’s perfect for a beginner. There’s a reservoir at the top, and there are plenty of spots for camping, hammocks, and campfires! I would recommend this hike for a day trip BBQ or overnight camping!

BELLS CANYON TRAIL TO LOWER FALLS

This hike is 4.5 miles round trip and 1500 ft of elevation. It’s located on the outside of the canyon, so it’s easy to get to! There’s a large reservoir about a mile up that is perfect for taking a break. The last part of the hike is the steepest but it’s worth it for the city and waterfall views at the top! We have seen snakes on this hike, so be cautious!

JACK’S MOUNTAIN

This hike is 2.4 miles roundtrip and 1300 ft of elevation. It’s short but steep! The whole hike is in direct sunlight but gives a great view of the city and Wasatch front. I would recommend doing this hike earlier in the summer so you can beat the heat!

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RATTLESNAKE GULCH

This hike is 3.3 miles round trip and 800 ft of elevation located in Mill Creek Canyon. The initial incline is where most of the elevation is, but then it connects to the Pipeline Trail and its mostly flat until you reach the city overlook. It’s great for a weeknight or early morning hike, and its sunny once you get on the Pipeline.

CECRET LAKE FROM ALBION BASIN

This hike is located at Alta Ski Resort, and it’s 4.8 miles round trip with 1200 ft of elevation. The first part of the hike is on the ski runs, but you can bypass this part by taking the service road to the top of the chairlift if you want an easier hike. The wildflowers and views are beautiful the entire way up and so is the lake at the top! It’s a perfect summer or fall weekend hike.

RED PINE LAKE

This hike is 7 miles and 2000 ft of elevation, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It’s a beautiful hike the whole way up and worth the steep climb for the lake at the top! Some of our friends were ambitious and hiked to the summit past the lake! I went on this hike with friends for my birthday weekend and it was a perfect hike to celebrate! 🙂

SUNSET PEAK VIA BRIGHTON LAKES

This hike is 6 miles and 2000 ft of elevation and is rated as hard. I did this hike on a week night after work, and would not recommend unless you’re taking it at a very fast pace! Next time I do this hike, it will be on a weekend with plenty of time to rest throughout the hike :). However, this hike was a great challenge and I saw a beautiful sunset from the top and even a mountain goat on the way down! I went with a hiking group and it was fun to meet so many new people!

LAKE CATHERINE/MARY VIA BRIGHTON LAKES

This hike is 4.4 miles and 1250 ft of elevation. It starts from the bottom of Brighton Resort at the same trail head as sunset peak, but you can stop and Lake Mary or keep hiking past to Lake Catherine. The wildflowers are beautiful at Lake Catherine, so I would recommend to go all of the way if you have time! It’s one of my favorite hikes at sunset and to do on a week night.

BIG ROCK VIA ELEPHANT ROCK TRAIL

This hike is 6.5 miles and 1000 ft of elevation. It’s biker and dog friendly, and has a good amount of shade in the morning and a gradual incline. It’s located 20 min north of the city in Bountiful, so it was a good change of scenery from the Cottonwood Canyons! You have to climb the rock at the top to see the views but it’s worth it!

LAMBS CANYON

This hike is 3.7 miles round trip and 1500 ft of elevation located off of I-80 E on the way to Park City. I did this hike with friends after work and it was the perfect distance. It’s a gradual incline the whole way, so it’s a great workout and mostly shaded. The views on the way up and down are beautiful, and I bet the fall colors will be too!

DESOLATION TRAIL TO SALT LAKE OVERLOOK

This trail starts in Mill Creek Canyon and is 4 miles round trip with 1300 ft of elevation. It was a perfect after work hike with my coworkers! It’s not too steep, so you can carry a conversation the whole way up 🙂 The sunset and views at the top are great!

TWIN PEAKS

This hike is located in the foothills behind the Avenues neighborhood and is 3.5 miles round trip with 1000 ft of elevation. There’s no shade, so I would recommend doing this hike in the morning or on a cooler day. The sunrise and sunset views are incredible from this hike!

DRAPER SUSPENSION BRIDGE LOOP

This hike is 2.3 miles and 500 ft of elevation. It’s about 30 min south of the city, but it’s a great hike to go with families or dogs! I’ve never been on a suspension bridge in the mountains, so I though that was the coolest part of this hike. There are multiple trails/loops from the Orson Smith Park Trailhead, so you can extend your hike for longer if you want to!

We hope this list was helpful for people who live in Utah or who want to visit! 🙂

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