Five Great Utah Snowshoe Trails To Explore This Winter
For your snowshoeing pleasure here are five highly recommended trails. For all the details on each listed trail, as well as PDFs for 50+ other snowshoe trails along the Wasatch Front, go to SnowshoeUtah.com.
Trail 2: Wheeler Creek to Art Nord; Ogden Canyon
Distance: 3.5 miles round-trip
This quick trail makes for a pleasant jaunt that begins next to an enchanting half-frozen stream and ends with southern views of the steep mountains near Snowbasin Ski Resort.
Trail 40: White Pine Lake; Little Cottonwood Canyon
Distance: 10 miles round-trip
Difficulty: The length of the trail makes it difficult, but the terrain itself is moderate.
This favorite winter recreation trailhead leads to many a backcountry ski and snowshoe adventure.
Trail 21: The Pipeline Trail - From Burch Hollow to Elbow Fork; Mill Creek Canyon
Distance: 3.8 miles round-trip
A nice easy climb up the hollow will hook you onto the Pipeline trail where you can partake of the south-facing slope and enjoy any winter sun you may find on your day in the mountains.
Trail 23: Spruces Campground; Big Cottonwood Canyon
Difficulty: Easy; great for a first-time foray or a trek with kids
Spruces Campground is covered with deep snow during the winter months and it's a perfect place to plan your own trip across the snow. This is a great place to find wildlife, beaver dams, blue grouse, snowshoe hare, coyote, ermine, bobcat, owl and other wildlife that can handle the deeper winter snow up canyon.
Trail 31: Guardsman Pass; Big Cottonwood Canyon
Distance: 3 miles round-trip
Guardsman Pass is one of the beautiful winter trails that has views beginning at the trailhead and culminating at the pass. There is an easy-to-follow groomed road or "short cuts" that add some difficult climbs.
—Contributed by Lori Lee, a Wasatch Front local and the author of The Best Snowshoe Trails of the Wasatch: SnowshoeUtah.com.
About Utah's Backcountry
Though these trails are generally very safe, snowshoeing is not without its risks. If you plan to recreate in avalanche terrain, you will need standard avalanche rescue gear and avalanche training. You should also regularly consult the Utah Avalanche Center website for critical avalanche safety information before venturing out. Many trails are well-trafficked and can be traveled safely, but check recent and current conditions before heading off the beaten path at UtahAvalancheCenter.org.