Trails with Views of Salt Lake City
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) traces the shoreline of Bonneville Lake, the ancient lake that once filled Utah’s valley. The beauty of the BST along the Salt Lake Valley is that winter hikers can pick and choose their route and distance due to the number of trailheads that sprout along its route.
The Corner Canyon Trail System nestles into Draper’s South Mountain. A mountain biker’s paradise in the warm months, winter opens up to more foot traffic (alongside a small, but growing population of bikers taken by the fat-tire bug). As another BST limb, this maze provides multiple city-overlook routes, including Suncrest Trail (a 2.7-mile loop), Brocks Point Trail (a 0.8-mile out-and-back trail), Clark's Trail (a 3-mile out-and-back trail), and Corner Canyon Loop (a 3.8-mile loop).
Ensign Peak pays homage to Utah’s pioneers, including Brigham Young, with a well-maintained, one-mile, out-and-back trail. The hike is rated easy with a few steep slopes and small ledges. Signage reveals history, geology and plant-life lessons, but perhaps, the best part of the trail is the dramatic downtown overlook at 5,414 feet.
The Living Room
The Living Room is one such BST offshoot and one of the most popular Salt Lake City hikes. Located above the Natural History Museum of Utah, it’s a steep, but short 2.3-mile hike to a perch of sandstone slabs resembling, you guessed it, living room recliners. The workout awards winter hikers with a dramatic view of the Salt Lake Valley.
Snowy Trails Along The Wasatch Front
Bell Canyon leads to a waterfall 4.6 miles from the Granite Trailhead (near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon). Winter conditions may make the 1.3-mile Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir Overlook from the Boulders Trailhead (off of Wasatch Blvd.) a lighter option.
City Creek Canyon
City Creek Canyon quickly lifts winter hikers away from the bustle of Salt Lake City. The 6.5-mile escape meanders alongside the babbling City Creek through open meadows and barren trees. It is an out-and-back, so distance can be shortened if the warmth of a nearby hearty downtown meal calls your name.
Donut Falls rewards winter trekkers with a waterfall cascading through a circular rock, a spectacle when dressed in icicles. Because the trailhead is gated in the winter, the 3.5-mile snow-packed trail stretches longer than it does in the summer month.
Neffs Canyon tucks into Salt Lake’s East Bench, directly south of Millcreek Canyon. There’s a challenging 7-mile out-and-back option or an easier 1.3-mile loop. Both paths are dog-friendly but beware of sledders that fill the lower portion of the trail after a weekend snowstorm.
Millcreek Canyon’s Best Winter Hikes
Millcreek Canyon’s trail system hails as one of the most popular places for winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The canyon’s entrance sits 12 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, so it is easily accessible whether you have a couple of hours or a full day blocked out for wintery adventures.
Dogs are welcome off-leash on odd days. Be prepared to stop at the pay station when leaving the canyon to pay $5 for day use (or $50 for an annual pass).
- Millcreek Canyon Road ends at the Terraces Picnic Area in the wintertime. A gate closes the top portion of the canyon from November to July, leaving the thoroughfare above car- and bike-free. The two-lane road gets groomed once a week, making it a beginner-friendly slope for hiking with dogs, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.
- Millcreek’s Pipeline Trail winds parallel to the Millcreek Canyon Road and allows trekkers to pick their poison of distance from Church Fork, Porter Fork or Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead.
- Grandeur Peak offers extreme winter hikers 5.9 miles of vertical, along with sensational valley views from the 8,222-feet mountaintop.
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