The Best Chillin in Salt Lake City

Looking for the best chillin in Salt Lake City? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Salt Lake City. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top chillin spots in and near Salt Lake City

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike the Living Room

    4.4
    2.5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Because if its proximity to downtown Salt Lake, this is a great quick hike to do after work. Although it's short, it is fairly steep, climbing nearly 1000 feet in 1.25 miles. However, most people can do it without too much difficulty. This is a good family hike and allows dogs on leashes. Due to ...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Jacks Mountain

    4.0
    2.4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    Named for a toddler who died of Lukemia in 1995, Jacks Mountain is a beautiful place to sit above the valley and contemplate mortality. On the peak, you’ll find a couple mailboxes containing heartfelt notes from hundreds of hikers throughout the years. It’s the kind of place that restores your fa...
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  • Bountiful, Utah

    Backpack to Rudy's Flat

    4.0
    7 mi
    Rudy's Flat is a great overnight hike with plenty of tent or hammock space and multiple established fire rings. This hike offers multiple options for distance depending on your availability and skill level.From the Mueller Park Canyon trailhead (5,234 ft), hikers will experience a gradual ascent ...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Mt. Aire

    4.5
    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Mount Aire, standing around 8600 ft, certainly isn't the most inspiring peak in or around Salt Lake City, but to me it serves as a quick summit to catch the sunset when I'm short on time.Getting There:Start by heading up Mill Creek Canyon Rd. After passing the ranger booth, drive about 5.5 miles ...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Neff's Canyon

    4.3
    From the parking lot, you will follow a 4-wheel drive track that runs straight up to the beginning of the different trailheads. You can also take an actual trail up to that same spot, situated below the 4-wheel gravel track on the righthand side.There are a few different trails that merge togethe...
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  • Holladay, Utah

    Hike Heughs Canyon (Olympus Waterfall)

    4.0
    2 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Heughs Canyon starts right on the edge of Salt Lake City, but within minutes, you’re in a shady forest next to a gurgling stream. This is the prefect after-work hike that can be enjoyed year-round. Two miles round-trip and just over 1,000 feet, the path takes you to a beautiful waterfall that flo...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Porter Fork, Millcreek Canyon

    6.8 mi / 3250 ft gain
    Porter Fork starts at the aptly named Porter Fork Trailhead about 4 miles up Millcreek Canyon. It’s actually Porter Fork Road for the first 1.5 miles of the trail. This section is a pleasant, paved path winding up through a dozen or so cabins. You’ll gain about 1,000 feet. If you make it past the...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Kayak at Little Dell Reservoir

    3.8
    Located just 20 minutes from the heart of Salt Lake City, Little Dell Reservoir is the perfect quick getaway for a recreational paddler or angler.The reservoir is surrounded by mountains in Parleys Canyon, just off of Interstate 80 and along Utah State Route 65. The parking and ranger station are...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Bowman Fork to Baker Pass

    5.0
    8.3 mi / 3375 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead, drive up Millcreek Canyon about 4.5 miles until you reach the Terraces Picnic area. Turn here and drive up the small road until you reach the parking lot by the bathrooms. You'll see the Bowman Fork trailhead marker next to the parking lot. The trail climbs steadily and i...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Birding at Farmington Bay

    5.0
    Every winter as the ice thaws, eagles gather at Farmington Bay to feed on huge populations of carp. This can produce a pretty amazing set of circumstances where it's not uncommon to see birds feeding just 50 yards from shore.The prime viewing opportunity happens around "Bald Eagle Day," an event ...
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  • Cottonwood Heights, Utah

    Camp at Willow Lake

    4.6
    2 mi
    The trailhead to Willow Lake is about 11 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon and is on the north side of the road right after the passing lane begins. It can be easy to miss, and is only marked with a plaque on a rock (40.630302, -111.604639). As you hike a little in from the road you will see the tra...
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  • Cottonwood Heights, Utah

    Hike to Big Cottonwood Canyon's Hidden Falls

    4.2
    Hidden Falls is a beautiful little waterfall with minimal crowds. When I say minimal, I mean I've only seen another person there 1 of the 5 or 6 times that I have been. Take it in. Stay a while. Scramble around the small canyon for different perspectives of the falls or the creek. If you don't ha...
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  • Cottonwood Heights, Utah

    Rock Climbing at Dogwood

    4.4
    If you can avoid the crowds, Dogwood is an easy crag to get to with a lot of 5.fun climbs and a legendary 5.13a sport climb. From the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the Dogwood picnic area is 1.1 miles up the canyon. Park on the street to avoid having to pay $8 and walk into the picnic area. Fol...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Stairs Gulch

    4.2
    Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon for around 2.8 miles, parking will be along the road and there will be a large rock waterfall on the right hand side of the road. The trailhead is just a short distance from that rock fall (40.623824, -111.743208)Stairs Gulch is an easy, short hike, unless you're lo...
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  • Tooele, Utah

    Catch a Sunset at the Great Salt Lake Marina

    Head west on I-80 and get off on the Saltair exit. You will drive past the music venue and into the Great Salt Lake state park. Right before the marina you will veer left onto a dirt road and this will take you right up to the black rock. Prepare yourself for the wonderful smell of the Great Salt...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Hike to Bell Canyon's Waterfall

    4.5
    4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    If you keep a steady pace, the hike takes about an hour each way, so allow time when trying to catch the sunset. The hike is pretty easy until right before you reach the falls, where there is a big, steep hill you have to climb.From the parking lot/trailhead, head up the path and head left when y...
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