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Summit County, Utah

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Summit County

  • Springville, Utah

    Maple Mountain (aka Spanish Fork Peak)

    10.56 mi / 4524 ft gain
    The trail starts out very easy, but keep an eye out for the fork in the trail at the creek. It's easy to miss. It's right at the metal bench that will be on the left. Cross the creek and continue another quarter mile or so when you'll notice another branch to your left. Keep going straight here a...
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  • Oakley, Utah

    Backpack to Cutthroat Lake

    4 mi / 280 ft gain
    There isn't a trail to Cutthroat Lake so for a portion of the hike will be cross-country.  I highly recommend bringing a GPS but with intermediate route-finding skills you should be able to find your way.  We used the Gaia GPS app and this made the hike much easier.  The distance depends on the r...
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  • Oakley, Utah

    Scale the Cliffs at Ruth Lake

    4.8
    Getting There From Evanston, take the Mirror Lake Highway 150 about 42 miles to the Ruth Lake trailhead and follow the easy hike up from the highway; just look for the signs directing you to Ruth Lake. The Trail/The Climbs Once on the trail, keep an eye out to your left and soon you'll see the cl...
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  • Oakley, Utah

    Hike to Ruth Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness

    5.0
    2 mi / 300 ft gain
    The Uintas are a high elevation, pristine mountain wilderness located in Utah. This range receives over 400 inches of precipitation annually, and you can find water everywhere.  There are 400+ miles of streams, waterfalls, and more than 2,000 lakes!  One of the prettiest and most accessible of th...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Hike to Hayden Peak in the High Uintas

    3.63 mi / 2053 ft gain
    Hayden Peak is by all means the monarch mountain of the Mirror Lake Highway. By that, I mean that Hayden Peak is easily the most rugged and impressive peak that can be viewed from the road. Driving over Bald Mountain Pass towards Evanston, WY, this peak looks amazing. There are few mountains out ...
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  • Layton, Utah

    Adams Canyon

    4.8
    3.55 mi / 1434 ft gain
    The trailhead is at a dirt parking lot with a lot of parking, but on Saturday mornings it can get full and people are forced to park on the street. As you start off, there are a few steep and sandy switchbacks. They don't last too long but on a hot day it can seem like forever. After that, the t...
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  • Hanna, Utah

    Explore Grandaddy Basin

    5.0
    Grandaddy Lake is the largest lake in the High Unitas. While Grandaddy Lake can have plenty of hikers, there are over twenty lakes within a two-hour hike within the Grandaddy Basin. Most hikers don’t go beyond Grandaddy lake, making the area a fantastic area to explore and camp. Elevation in the ...
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  • Utah County, Utah

    Fifth Water Hot Springs from Rays Valley Trailhead

    5.0
    4.98 mi / 787 ft gain
    Fifth Water Hot Springs from Rays Valley Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you to a hot springs located near Spanish Fork, Utah. Dogs are permitted on this trail on-leash. If heading to the hot springs with your pup, please be respectful of others visiting the hot springs. Along this ...
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  • Springville, Utah

    Rappel the Red Ledges

    4.0
    1 mi / 180 ft gain
    This is a sweet spot to go rappelling near Spanish Fork, UT.  It's located at the Red Ledges in Diamond Fork Canyon.  There is a picnic area, grill and restrooms near the base. The unique formations are beautiful to hike around and fun to rappel down.  The hike is pretty short, but steep.  We did...
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  • Utah County, Utah

    Diamond Fork (Fifth Water) Hot Springs

    4.2
    4.63 mi / 663 ft gain
    When you hike out to Diamond Fork aka Fifth Water hot springs, get ready for an amazing experience! The lower fall is visible from the main pool. If you want to continue to go further up the creek, you will run into the second fall, which is the most photogenic of them all. There are also two poo...
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  • Layton, Utah

    Stroll through the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

    5.0
    1 mi
    The wetlands of The Nature Conservancy's Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve are a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. It is a rich feeding ground for tens of thousands of migrating birds, making this destination a birder's paradise.Great for all ski...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Camp at Christmas Meadows in the Uinta National Forest

    Just four miles from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, this limited site campground is a great alternative to the larger, busier campgrounds at lower elevations. There are just 11 sites here, a few of which are first-come, first-serve. Amenities include picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, d...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Backpack to Ryder Lake

    4.7
    18 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Ryder Lake is accessed via the Stillwater Trail, beginning at the Christmas Meadows Trailhead off of Mirror Lake Highway. The trail heads due south from Christmas Meadows along the Stillwater River. It winds through lodgepole pine forests and skirts alpine meadows, gradually gaining elevation. A...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Hike to Ostler Peak in the High Uintas

    13.7 mi / 3935 ft gain
    Hiking Ostler Peak in the High Uintas Wilderness is a serious challenge for anyone. Typically, this hike is done over 2-3 days, with an overnight at the beautiful Ostler Lake. Strong hikers can do this hike in one day, however, as long as you are prepared and know the route.  The route up Ostler ...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Amethyst Basin via Christmas Meadows

    4.5
    12.57 mi / 2303 ft gain
    Directions: The trail leaves from the Christmas Meadows Trailhead. From Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (US 150) turn on Christmas Meadows Rd. The campground and trailhead are around 3.5 miles down the road dirt road. The road is suitable for low clearance vehicles. Trip Length: 6 miles each way + opt...
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  • Evanston, Utah

    Kermsuh Lake Trail

    5.0
    13.04 mi / 1722 ft gain
    Kermsuh Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Oakley, Utah.
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