Best Beginner Hikes in Salt Lake City


Few places offer the amount and variety of hiking trails than that of Salt Lake City's Wasatch Mountains. Hundreds of miles of trail are found throughout the mountains that surround Salt Lake City and all are just a short drive from downtown.

Many of these trails are ideal for beginners and take visitors to gorgeous alpine lakes and incredible vistas without an entire day's worth of travel.

All the trails in this guide are less than 5.5 miles round-trip, well-maintained, and relatively smooth traveling (no scrambling or balancing on precarious ledges necessary). That being said many of the trails will involve a great deal of elevation gain so keep in mind how much ascending you can handle when choosing a trail.

Author: Amiee Maxwell

Grandeur Peak


E Mill Creek Canyon Road
84109 Salt Lake City,

Lake Blanche Trail


Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

Dog Lake


Millcreek Canyon Road
UT Salt Lake City,

Donut Falls


Big Cottonwood Canyon Road
84138 Salt Lake City,

Red Pine Lake

expert pick


State Road 210
84092 Salt Lake City,

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