This is a list of our favorite hikes in Northern Utah! For this list Northern Utah is considered to be anything north of Ogden. Most are in Cache County with a few in Box Elder County. I will be constantly adding to or changing this list. This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are hundreds of miles of trails in this area and its a spot that is close to my heart and in my opinion very underrated for hiking. The trails all see far less people than many other areas in the state and offer just as much beauty! Each trail listed has a link with much more detailed information. It was very hard coming up with an order for this list. Have you been to any of these? Do you agree or disagree with my numbering? Let us know where you have been and how you liked it and be sure to share this with all your friends!
1 High Creek Canyon
This is my favorite hike in the area. It has a lot to offer including a gorgeous roaring creek, seasonal waterfalls, amazing wildflowers, wildlife, a beautiful lake, and an alpine environment. This is an amazing spot to see what Utah Wilderness has to offer as you pass through the heart of the Mount Naomi Wilderness.
2 Jardine Juniper Tree
This hike takes you to what is perhaps the most iconic landmark in Northern Utah, the oldest known Rocky Mountain Juniper. This one is great for fall colors and has great sweeping views much of the way!
3 Willard Canyon
Willard Canyon is perhaps the most unique hike on this list. Its part hike, part bushwhack, with a little bit of canyoneering. There is a whole lot of water in the spring and is a great spot to see Mountain Goats. This ventures into some incredibly rugged terrain and is a lot of fun!
4 White Pine Lake
This is not to be confused with the White Pine Lake near Salt Lake City. (In my opinion this is a better destination) This White Pine Lake is one of three gorgeous Alpine Lakes in the Tony Grove area of Logan Canyon. This is one of the best hikes anywhere to view wildflowers and great mirror effect views at the lake!
5 Doubletop Mountain
Doubletop has everything to offer that Naomi Peak does but it does it without all the crowds and some bonuses. This is the second highest peak in the Bear River Range and it is home to a small group of Pika. These are awesome creatures to see and the hike offers awesome views in every direction!
6 Naomi Peak
As much as I ragged on Naomi in the last Doubletop review it really is an amazing hike with gorgeous views en route to the highest point north of Salt Lake City. The easy access from Tony Grove makes this hike one of the busiest in the area but still far quieter than many to the south.
7 Tony Grove Nature Trail
Tony Grove Lake is a beautiful alpine lake with large limestone cliffs on one side. The nature trail around the lake is very family friendly and is beautiful pretty much all year!
8 Temple Fork Sawmill
This is a fun trail that features beaver dams pretty much the whole way and is a great streamside hike. The hike ends at the site of a huge sawmill that helped settle most of Cache Valley.
9 Richards Hollow Waterfall
This is a great short hike (with an option for much longer) that takes you along a creek through thick forest and to a small beautiful waterfall. This one is great for families!
10 Devils Playground
Located in far western Box Elder County this area is like a smaller version of nearby City of Rocks. This is a really fun place to hike, camp, and explore. The rock formations are very unique and of course there is unlimited rock scrambling which has entertained me since I was a young kid.
11 Preston Valley
Located in Green Canyon in North Logan this trail very quickly climbs the ridge between Green and Logan Canyon giving you some of the best views of the massive Mount Logan and is a great route to climb nearby Beirdneau Peak. This one can also be linked with the popular Wind Cave Trail.
12 Limber Pine Trail
The Limber Pine Trail offers a great short hike near the summit of Logan Canyon. You will get great views of Bear Lake and you will see a huge Limber Pine that is actually two trees that have grown together.
13 Crimson Trail
The Crimson Trail is one of the most crowded in the area but this is for good reason. This hike is at relatively low elevation making it hikeable early in the year making it a great spring hike. You will get to skirt the edge of the huge china wall formation of limestone that is seen throughout much of Logan Canyon.
14 Bluebell Mine
The Bluebell Mine is a great spot in the far southern end of Cache County located on the back side of Powder Mountain Ski Resort. This trail crosses private land so be very respectful so we can continue to use the trail. It ends at a gorgeous mine site with old cabin remains and a very short mine tunnel.
15 Millville Peak
Millville Peak is a pretty area that affords great views of Mount Logan and the surrounding area. You can see as far as the Wasatch above salt lake and on a clear day you can see parts of 4 states from the top. You can take a long hike or a short hike by driving the rough 4×4 road part of the way.
16 Wood Camp Hollow
This is a rarely visited area that can be a bit of bushwhack but is great for solitude and has two large early spring waterfalls!
17 Willow Creek/Little Cottonwood
This is a great spot that is perfect for seeing Elk herds in the spring and offers great views of Mount Jardine and Mount Elmer.
18 Twin Creeks/ Bubble Spring
This is another one that is best done in spring before the cattle ruin the canyon. It takes you through lush green country and beautiful aspen groves with a great view of Mount Elmer at the end.
19 Wind Cave
The wind caves are the most popular hike in Logan Canyon by far. They may deserve a higher spot here but the crowds scare me off quite a bit. The area is gorgeous and you get great views of the china wall formation and Mount Logan. This one is accessible fairly early in the spring.
20 Waterfall Canyon
Not to be confused with the Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, this Brigham City version makes for a great evening hike in the spring before the falls dry up. Its a steep loose hike but is a fun adventure!
21 Perry Canyon
Perry Canyon is a nice little canyon that opens up very early in spring. This area can go clear to Grizzly Peak if you so wish but I usually hike to the old graphite mines and back. This trail also makes a great mountain bike ride.
Again feel free to let us know what you have hiked and what you think should be added to the list. Northern Utah has some great places to get out in nature and is a great spot for anyone to explore!