9 Best Salt Lake City Hiking Trails

During our trip to Salt Lake City in April, I was blown away by just how many hiking trails Salt Lake City had to offer! There are plenty of easy Salt Lake City hiking trails, but this list will include a variety of difficulty level because some of the views are definitely worth the hike!

Easy Salt Lake City Hiking Trails

You don’t have to climb a mountain to see some amazing view of the city and nearby mountains! These hiking trails near Salt Lake City can be done in a few hours and won’t require a ton of energy expenditure.

1. Donut Falls Hiking TrailEasy hiking trails in Salt Lake City

Let’s start with the first hike I did in Salt Lake City. Donut Falls is an incredible feat of nature that would have been so epic for photos, but unfortunately, it was still covered in snow when we went, so I wasn’t able to get photos of the waterfall. Donut Falls gets its name because the water falls through a donut-shaped hole in the side of the mountain. The combination of the water and light coming through the hole makes for stunning photos. The trail is about is only about 1.5 miles long, so it’s a great starter hike if you’re visiting Salt Lake City.

2. Cecret Lake Hiking Trailbest easy hikes in salt lake city

The Cecret Lake hiking trail near Salt Lake City is another 1.5-mile trail that is perfect for those just starting to get into hiking or if you want to experience nature without having to spend the entire day trekking up the mountainside. This Salt Lake City hiking trail looks like the perfect place for a summer picnic when the wildflowers are in bloom in June or July!

3. Bonneville Shoreline Hiking Trail

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One of the things that surprised me was that dogs are prohibited on several of the best hiking trails in Salt Lake City. One of our favorite things to do is to take our pup, Grace, with us when we get in nature. Luckily if you are visiting Salt Lake City with your furry friend, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a great option for hiking in Salt Lake City with your dog! In total, the trail stretches 10.5 miles, but there are several places to hop on the path. You get views of the city, the Great Salt Lake, and the mountains in the distance. The views of the sunset here are also incredible.

Moderate Salt Lake City Hiking Trails

These three Salt Lake City hiking trails are a little more challenging than the three above, but are still easy enough that just about everyone should be able to complete them. It may just take some people a little longer than others to get to the end of the trail.

4. Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook Hiking Trail

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Another great hiking trail in Salt Lake City that allows dogs is the Desolation Trail to Salt Lake Overlook. At 4.1 miles in length and about 1,300 ft of elevation gain, you will have to walk a little further than the easy hikes. This trail has views of the city and is a great spot when the wildflowers are in bloom!

5. The Living Room Trail


A short, but steep hike is an easy to get to hiking trail in Salt Lake City. Its called the Living Room because of the sandstone “sofas” at the end of the trail where you can rest after the 1.5 miles and nearly 1000 ft of elevation gain hike. Being so close to downtown Salt Lake City this trail is heavily trafficked, so you probably won’t have the sofa to yourself.

6. Lake Mary Trail

There is something about alpine lakes with the big pine tree and mountains in the distance that is just too beautiful to put into words. A lot of the nearby alpine lakes require a longer, steeper hike, but Lake Mary hiking trail in Salt Lake City is a relatively easy 2.2 mile out and back hike. It isn’t too steep with about 700 feet of elevation gain either, and the views are great in the spring and summer.

Difficult Salt Lake City Hiking Trails

Now, these trails are some of the more difficult hiking in Salt Lake City. When you make it to the top of these trails you’re rewarded with spectacular views that are well worth the effort to get to the top.

7. Red Pine Lake Trailbest difficult salt lake city hiking trails

I had my mind set that I was going to complete one of these difficult hikes while I was in Utah and get that perfect mountain Instagram shot, but while I did make it to the top, the lake was still frozen and covered in snow. The trail was still entirely covered in snow, and there were a few places I sunk in well past my knees. The scenery was stunning, and I was happy I did it, but the narrow trail was a bit sketchy at times due to the slippery melting snow. Its about 10 miles round-trip and is quite steep at almost 2500 feet of elevation gain.

8. Lake Blanche Trail best difficult salt lake city hikes

The photos of this hike on AllTrails are just amazing. A challenging Salt Lake City hiking trail that features an alpine lake, waterfall, and plenty of wildlife. If we go back to Salt Lake City in the summer months, this is a hike that I need to do because it looks so beautiful!

9. Mount Olympus TrailBest salt lake city hiking trails

Now this one is a doozy. Just 6 miles out and back, but with over 4100 feet of elevation gain. You need to come prepared if you plan on hitting the Mount Olympus trail. When you make it to the summit, you will be rewarded with some absolutely stunning views.

The Best Hikes in Salt Lake City- Bonus Round

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Utah hiking is some of the best in the country. From the Salt Lake City hiking trails mentioned above to the national parks in Southern Utah. The best hikes in Salt Lake City are the perfect afternoon activity whether you’re just visiting Salt Lake City like we were, or if you’ve lived there for years! A bonus tip if you have some free time we recommend driving down to the Pony Express Route in Toole County where you may have the opportunity to spot some of Utah’s wild horses! It was a cool drive full of a bunch of varying terrains, and would also have some great spots for short hikes.

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Utah hiking is some of the best in the country. From the Salt Lake City hiking trails to the national parks in Southern Utah there are trails suitable for everyone.

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