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Overview
Location

Fruit Heights Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Shepard Creek, amazing views of Davis County, pristine mountain trail

Distance

About 2.5 miles round trip.

Parking Lot Elevation

4,875 ft

Summit Elevation

5,244 ft (at highest point on loop)

Elevation Gain/Loss

+369 ft

Time Required

1-2 hours depending on speed

Pets

Pets are allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 1 liter. There are multiple streams along the way (if going to Shepard Creek). Shepard Creek has water running through it year round

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun exposure. Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Trail is easy to follow. Dirt path.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

None

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Bag for water and food

Other hikers are hard to come by on this trail.  Expect easy hiking and a great view once you climb to the fire pit area at the intersection.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 41° 1’48.50″N, 111°53’51.06″W
Fire Pit and Camping Area: 41° 1’30.08″N, 111°53’31.25″W
Rocky Stream: 41° 1’16.02″N, 111°53’34.19″W
Shepard Creek Overlook: 41° 1’4.09″N, 111°53’32.59″W

Trail Map:


Driving Directions:

From Highway 89 take the Nicholls Rd exit (turning East) in Fruit Heights Utah.

Drive .4 miles and turn left (now heading North) on E. Mountain Rd.

Drive .1 miles and turn right (now heading East) on E Oaks Dr.

Drive .3 miles and turn left (now heading North) on 1800 E.

Drive .2 miles until you are at the end of the road.  You can keep driving to the trail head by taking the steep road directly to your right and driving right next to the huge white water tank.

Note – These are the same directions to get to the Baer Canyon Trek.

The Trail:

On the trail headed up to the overlook

On the trail headed up to the overlook

The trail starts in the same parking lot as the Baer Canyon trail.  Except right above the large water tank in the parking lot area there is a split in the trail.  Take the right trail here to go on the Shepard Creek Loop trail.

After about 20 or so yards there will be a fork in the road – take the left trail and you will be slowly winding up towards the Bonneville shoreline.

The trail is actually used by 4×4 vehicles from the city so the trail is very wide up until the fire pit area.

After a 1/4 a mile you will be travelling behind a house – You are not trespassing.

Here is the Fire Pit and Campground area.

Here is the Fire Pit and Campground area.

Keep travelling on the trail until you come to a steep incline and end up at a flat area with a large fire pit and logs nearby. See GPS coordinates for Fire Pit.  You have two options here.  You can either turn right (which leads you to Shepard Creek) or you can turn left and you will turn stay high on the mountain side and then drop back down towards the parking lot.

I usually take the right trail and hike to the Shepard Creek overlook area and then come back to the fire pit then take the route which takes me up around the mountain side and then to the parking lot.

See Canyon Trail Side Trek below if you are a Premium Trek Planner member

Grassy trail

Grassy trail

The Shepard Creek trail is very narrow but clear.  You will pass by several dry wash areas and even a rocky area with a stream going through it.

Keep going and the trail eventually begins to drop down into the Shepard Creek area.  How you know you are there is you will begin to see lots of residential houses below you about 300-400 feet.

You will see sign markers along the way

You will see sign markers along the way

Once you get back to the fire pit, there is a small trail marker that points you north and the trail drops down in a small valley with many scrub oak and other trees.  And then it climbs back up to the rocky “summit” of the Shepard Creek Loop.

The trail then winds around the mountain and then suddenly the trail drops down close to  two more water tanks, you are now at the start of the Baer Canyon entrance.  Keep going down to the water tank by the parking lot and you are finished.


The Return:

You should have finished the loop and made a giant circle ending up at the parking lot.


Personal Thoughts:

I like this short hike because it has many great views of Davis County and of Antelope Island.  The trail is very nice as green grass grows right up next to it.  Also, not many people know about this loop trail so you will most likely not see anyone. Trek Planner Logo


OPTIONAL SIDE TREK

The trail is steep and there isn’t much at the top besides neat white pine trees (on the Baer Canyon side) and some water pipes which funnel water towards the bottom of the canyon.

The trail will eventually steer you into Baer Canyon on the Pine Gulch Trail which you can steeply climb down or come back down the same path you came on.

This Side Trek takes an additional 1-2 hours round trip

GPS:  41° 1’56.31″N, 111°52’52.08″W


Shepard Creek Trail:

Here is where Shepard Creek actually is located.

Here is where Shepard Creek actually is located.

From the Shepard Creek Overlook the trail begins to go downhill another 1/4 mile and ends up at the base of Shepard Creek.

There are additional trails that connect to this one but this Side Trek is only for the Shepard Creek.

This Side Trek takes an additional 1/2 to 1 hour roundtrip

GPS: 41° 0’53.33″N,111°53’31.98″W

Shepard Creek Overlook

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The Bottom Line

Difficulty is basically the length, duration and stress of the Trek.  If the Trek is really long then it will receive a higher rating. If the Trek is short then it won't receive that high of a rating. However, difficulty rating also includes how tired we were at the end of the Trek.

Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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Jeff Johnson
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