Farmington Canyon, Utah
Old aqueduct, Farmington Canyon, Farmington Creek
About 4 miles round trip to the headgate
Bring 1-2 liters of water
Spring, summer, fall
Open year round
Shade is minimal
Good trail until about the 1 mile marker
Bring meals and snacks as needed
Hat, sunglasses, backpack for food and water, good hiking shoes
Trailhead: 40.992642°, -111.880482°
Old Aqueduct Artifacts: 40.998588°, -111.875976°
Aqueduct Pipes: 41.000086°, -111.878716°
In the summer months, the road is open so you could drive right up to the trailhead. In winter months the Farmington Canyon road is closed. So you may need to park down below the trailhead and hike up to it.
The trail starts on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail at the same location as Rudd Creek. The trail is steep and gains elevation quickly and you will see that not many people go on this trail.
You will need to hike about .70 miles until you come to the first area with the pipe artifacts (GPS Coordinate: Old Aqueduct Artifacts). You will see lots of river rocks, old wood and the iron pipes used to transport the water. It is an incredible feat considering just how large and heavy these pipes were.
I have not hiked the entire trail to where the headgate is located because the trail is very narrow and disappears at times. I simply just hiked up to where I could see the old pipes and see if I could find any other neat things.
You can see just how many rocks came with all the water through the pipes. I bet they had clogging problems every now and then.
Some of the pipes are still buried but the ones that aren’t you can see that vandals have shot them or destroyed them further.
The views were pretty impressive even for late winter day. It is quite incredible to see just how much work went into this aqueduct.
Head back towards your vehicle
The aqueduct was an important part of Farmington’s early history. Of course, it is not being used any more but if you want to see something different then come hike to the aqueduct.