If there’s one thing everyone knows about Salt Lake City it’s that it’s a great place for spectacular hiking. With the city center nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, SLC is the place to find great hiking anytime of year.
Here are the best hiking trails in Salt Lake City
This stunning hike is classified as a Class 3 due to the steep trek up the 4,000-foot path to the top of the peak. Why is it worth conquering? Because of the sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley, which truly are stunning. Round trip, you’re looking at about 7 miles making it a good climb for the mountaineers just starting out.
To get to the trailhead travel along Wasatch Blvd until you’re about .25 miles north of Tolcate Hills Road. You can’t miss the big brown sign indicating that you’re at Mount Olympus.
The Living Room
If you’re native to Salt Lake chances are you’ve probably heard of this one. It’s a favorite local hotspot to watch the sunset and relax from your hike in. The Living Room got its name from the natural rock that has been stacked together over time by other hikers to imitate sofas and chairs creating a very welcoming destination.
The trailhead begins near the Natural History Museum of Utah, just off of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Head towards Georges Hollow and stay to the right of the trail. You’ll know if you’re on the right path if you get to the beautiful viewpoint at Finger Rock. Continue straight on and you’ll find the rocky living room awaiting your arrival.
Although Mount Timpanogos isn’t actually in Salt Lake City, we couldn’t leave it off the list. Being one of the most recognizable peaks in the valley, Mount Timpanogos sits on the very northeastern corner of Utah Valley. Being the second highest summit in the Wasatch Front this hike isn’t for the faint of heart. During the summer it’s common to find wild flowers in abundance on your way up to the summit.
There are a couple trails that lead to the summit of Mount Timpanogos, but the most commonly used trailhead is just past the Timpanogos Cave National Monument area. To get there, head past the Timpanogos Cave Monument until you come to the Timpooneke Campground. The trailhead to Timpooneke sits just beyond the camping area. Once you find the trailhead just head straight up the mountain.
Looking for a hike that has a truly spectacular finish? Then you must hike the Desolation Lake trail. You’ll follow a well-maintained path all the way to the stunning lake that sits in a picturesque mountain meadow. It’s common to often pass mountain bikers on this path so make sure you allow them plenty of room. This hike is a 7-mile round-trip hike that can be classified as strenuous.
The trailhead is located about 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Look for the Mill D North Fork Trailhead. You’ll see a place to park for free. Head up Mill D North until you come to a fork in the trail, if you go left you’ll be taken to Dog Lake (another beautiful hike), if you stay right you’ll find yourself at Desolation Lake.
Looking for more hiking trails?
We suggest taking a wander over to Red Butte Gardens where you’ll find many hiking trails leading out of the garden. Looking for something a bit more simple and family friendly? Try Ensign Peak located behind the capitol building where you’ll get stunning views of the city.