10 Must-Do Hikes Near Salt Lake City

Explore the endless trails along the Wasatch Front.

By: Utah.com
August 3, 2015

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You could easily live in Salt Lake City for decades and only scratch the surface of all the amazing hikes that are right in your own backyard. With a wide range or options, there's something for everyone and you’re never too far from a trailhead. Whether you’re a long-time local, new to town, or just visiting for the first time, check out this list of 10 amazing hikes around Salt Lake City so you don’t miss out on all of the fun that the Wasatch Front has to offer.

1. Willow Lake

Distance: 2 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 500 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Colton Marsala

2. Ensign Peak

Distance: 1 mile round trip | Elevation gain: 350 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Seth Whelden

3. White Pine Lake

Distance: 10 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 2,450 ft. | Learn more.

Photo: Eric Bennett

4. Albion Basin

Distance: 1 mile | Elevation gain: 100 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Lindsay Daniels

5. Lake Blanche

Distance: 6 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 2,700 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Eric Bennett

6. Cecret Lake

Distance: 2 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 300 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Colton Marsala

7. Big Cottonwood Canyon’s Hidden Falls

Distance: .5 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 50 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Jordan Smith

8. Bell Canyon

Distance: 4 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 1,500 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Eric Bennett

9. Broad Forks Twin Peaks

Distance: 10 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 5,100 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Tyler McFall

10. Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook

Distance: 3.5 miles round trip | Elevation gain: 1,200 ft | Learn more.

Photo: Rebecca Jones


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