East Canyon - Northern Utah
3.25 miles round trip
40min - 1.5 hrs
None. The trail follows a seasonal stream. Bring water.
Spring - Fall. It's higher elevation makes it a decent location even in summer. Winter could be a good time to try snowshoeing, though we have not tried this yet.
There is a clear trail (single track) the entire way.
Yes, at the pass.
Non. There are historical markers with information.
None. Bring snacks.
You can do this in running shoes.
Big Mountain is a great area to hike. It is swallowed in rolling mountains so you get a sense of wilderness while still being very close to Salt Lake City. This part of the trial is not too difficult and family appropriate. It is also great for mountain biking, and rather popular. So stay alert on the trail as you will have hikers and bikers passing frequently.
Trailhead Start: 40.819943°, -111.666622°
Trailhead End: 40.827764°, -111.653861°
The trail starts at the lower parking lots on a bend of the road. The trail climbs steadily the entire hike.
There are open vistas of the rolling mountains the entire hike. You really forget how close to the sprawling city you are.
The trail is on the old Mormon Pioneer trail, built in 1847 when they first entered the valley.
This short leg of the trail ends at the pass.
What is nice about this hike is that you can do it the way we have described, bottom up; or top down,or shuttled if you have two cars and only want to do a mile and a half jaunt.
Here are some of the visual stats. Again, I started tracking at the top and recorded our journey back to the trailhead.
Head back the way you came.
Again, this is a great little hike for an afternoon. If you want to get out and stretch your legs, getting out of the city, this is a great place to come. I haven’t mountain biked it yet, but it is on my list.