5 Favorite Scenic Hikes near Salt Lake City

5 Favorite Scenic Hikes near Salt Lake City

Who doesn’t love to make it to a beautiful destination at the end of a hike? It gives you something to look forward to while you’re out and about walking the trail. Luckily in Utah, there are many places to hike to with stunning views and beautiful mountain lakes. Most of the time it takes more effort to get to those high peaks, but I promise it will be worthwhile!

Lake Blanche

It is said to be a strenuous hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but it depends on your hiking abilities. Lake Blanche is 7 mile round trip hike, you pass by a river, into aspens trees, and views of the valley behind you and sundial peak in front of you. Plan on packing a picnic there is a great spot at the lake to have some lunch. This trail is very easy to follow and is well marked. And if you walk to the right of the Lake you will find another small lake below. This is also a great backpacking trail, perfect for staying overnight and waking up to beauty all around you. Definitely one of the best fall hikes!
lake blanche utah

Grandeur Peak

There are two starting points for this hike, one is city facing (and very steep might I add), the other is located up a canyon. My favorite and easier start is at Church fork in Millcreek Canyon. This trail is rated moderate, brings you through pines, wildflowers, into sweeping views. The trail offers a number of activities and is accessible year round. Grandeur Peak is 6 miles round trip, with 2,800 ft of elevation gain along the way. The end of the trail is the best treat of all, panoramic views of Salt Lake City! Good news for dog owners too, this trail is dog friendly!!
Clayton Peak UtahGrandeur Peak Utah

Lake Catherine via Sunset Peak

This is one of my all-time favorite hikes and is best in summer or the fall because the best way to access it is through Albion Basin Road. This trail has some of the most beautiful wildflowers I have ever seen, and the views already stunning at the start. This is a moderate trail, with a few steeper sections but is the most scenic trail all the way up. First, you reach Lake Catherine overlook, you can walk down to the lake but if you are continuing on to sunset peak you take the trail to the right. This trail is 4.3 miles round trip, making it a good work out but not so long it can’t be done in a few hours. It is unfortunately not dog friendly because it is up in Little Cottonwood which is a watershed area.
Lake Catherine Utah
Lake Catherine SLC

Clayton Peak

Clayton Peak is a strenuous trail, mainly because it’s very steep in a short amount of miles but I promise it’s worth the climb! You will start to the right of the parking lot at the top of Guardsmen Pass, and head up towards 10,420 Peak. This trail overlooks Deer Valley, Heber City, and Brighton Resort. Once you reach the first peak you head down to another little valley and then continue on up to Clayton. This trail is only 2.5 miles round trip but with an elevation gain of 1,500 ft. It is also dog friendly if dogs are kept on a leash, so you can take in the gorgeous views of Utah with your pup. Summer and Fall are the best times of year because the road to Guardsmen Pass is open and you can start right at the base!

Clayton Peak Utah

Red Pine Lake Trail

Red Pine Lake Trail starts up Little Cottonwood Canyon, it’s rated difficult and is 7.1 miles round trip. You wind up through aspens and pines, with a beautiful view down the canyon. As you continue up the trail you pass over a river and up to a lake. You can camp at a lot of these places but just be sure to always camp 200 feet away (or the areas regulations) and remember it is a watershed area. You can hike all around the lake taking in mountain views from every angle.
Red Pine Lake Utah
I hope you enjoy these trails just as much as I do, and just remember to always leave no trace and protect our nature around us!

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