Wasatch Mountains, lakes, wildlife
Anywhere from 20-50 miles.
It can get very hot in summer. Bring plenty to drink.
The trail will be off and on in and out of trees but more often you will be out in the open.
Well graded gravel road at its easiest and a rocky 50 inch wide two track at its worst.
At the two campgrounds
Yes at the Bountiful Peak, and Sunset Campgrounds
4x4 will not be required but may help those with less experience
Yes (with heavy supervision on the heavily trafficked road in)
Trail Head:40.99954 N, 111.87956 W
Farmington Canyon is the start of a large set of trails and roads that you can ride all the way to Bountiful. I will split this trek in two with the first covering the Farmington side and a separate trek covering the Bountiful side. A good map of the area is helpful in finding your way and I screen shot the map above that is free from the forest service online. I will only be highlighting some of my favorite spots but like most places you will want to just go out and explore! Most of the trails in this area are open to all vehicles but one stretch (called Gold Hill) is open only to 50 inch or less width ATV’s. Please obey these laws. Your machine is not the exception. The Farmington Canyon road is in great shape and is graded frequently. This area has recently become extremely popular as Davis County grows. The road is narrow with many blind turns. Be safe and take it slow because there are many people who don’t. This is especially true on weekends. The road quickly switchbacks up the mountain.
You will soon come to a Y in the road. I will cover both directions in this trek. If you turn right it takes you to skyline drive and Bountiful.
Shortly up the road you will come to Farmington Lake. If you are lucky you will see Moose like we did!
The trail will continue to switchback up above the lake until you are looking down on it from above.
The top of the switchbacks marks the beginning of Skyline Drive which will be covered in the Bountiful Peak Trek. So for now lets return to the main Y back in Farmington Canyon. You will want to head straight and keep climbing until you come to another fork that you will want to go right on road 084. This will take you below Bountiful Peak. There are several fun challenging hills and climbs in this area and you will always have a great view of Bountiful, and Francis Peaks.
From the high points you can see north toward Salt Lake and great views of the Wasatch Back.
At the end of trail 175 you will run into the 50 inch Gold Hill Trail which is a couple miles of narrow two track that is a lot of fun. Do not attempt in anything wider than 50 inches. You will be ticketed. Gold Hill is marked as trail 611 and will return you very close to the Farmington Canyon Road.
The road towards the radar towers you can see above is called the Francis Peak road and the Gold Hill Trail will pop you out right on it. This road climbs quickly but is very easy with great views of the Wasatch Front and the Great Salt Lake.
You can’t quite drive all the way to the towers. You will reach a locked gate where you will want to take the right fork that heads down to Smith Creek Lakes.
The views back toward Francis Peak are great!
The road quickly drops into the cirque below the ridgeline. This road can be rough. You will eventually see the first lake.
There are three lakes and the road will pass all 3. The last is the cleanest and is a nice spot for a swim.
From the lakes you will have to return the same way to the Farmington Canyon road. From there depending what kind of vehicle you are in you can go all the way to Bountiful and make a large loop or return down the canyon to Farmington.
Having grown up in Kaysville I have spent a lot of time up here and I don’t get sick of it. (even on busy, dusty weekends) This is a gorgeous area for anyone to explore.