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Overview
Location

Northern Utah

Sights

Expansive vistas, Great Salt Lake, fall colors, deer, and ATVers

Distance

27 miles

Parking Lot Elevation

4,350ft

Summit Elevation

9,100ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

4,955ft

Time Required

1.5 - 3 hrs

Pets

Yes

Fees

None (unless you camp)

Water Info

None

Best Season

Late summer -late fall.
Skyline gate is locked Nov ? - June 1st.
Farmington Canyon is locked Nov ? - mid April, depending on snow.

Hours

Any

Sun Exposure

Low - medium

Trail Condition

Mostly decent dirt road (almost two lane)

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

Yes. Campgrounds have a fee. Backcountry camping allowed anywhere (watch out for private land in Farmington Flats)

Food

None

Equipment

Water bottles
Jackets
Truck
Camera gear!

This is an incredible Sunday or evening drive. It is relaxing, the road is good, and the views are phenomenal. And it can be done in a regular car in two wheel drive, though in places the road can be quite rough sometimes. As such, the one negative is that everyone and their dog is up here during the fall. This is a very popular road. The day we did it I counted over 50 cars (and ATVs) passing us coming from Bountiful and going down Farmington.

This road is best traveled in good weather. Be prepared for snowdrifts and unexpected obstacles, especially in late spring or early summer.

GPS Coordinates:

These coordinates are listed as if you are driving from Farmington south to Bountiful.
Farmington Trailhead: 40° 59.515’N, 111° 53.119’W
Right turn onto Skyline: 40° 59.236’N, 111° 48.001’W
Right Turn: 40° 58.924’N, 111° 48.305’W
Right turn onto Bountiful Canyon: 40° 55.768’N, 111° 47.582’W
Bountiful Trailhead: 40° 53.759’N, 111° 50.765’W

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

We started in Farmington Canyon on a cool Fall Sunday. The road was busy so we took the narrow canyon slow. The road is long and we were alone most of the time. It was incredibly relaxing!

Farmington Canyon.

Farmington Canyon.

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Looking down Farmington Canyon.

Looking down Farmington Canyon.

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The top of Farmington Canyon.

The top of Farmington Canyon.

Just after the turn onto Skyline Drive.

Just after the turn onto Skyline Drive.

Road winding through aspen groves.

Road winding through aspen groves.

The view of Francis Peak as you climb up the back of the Wasatch.

The view of Francis Peak as you climb up the back of the Wasatch.

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From Visit Davis Area:

In the area above Centerville, there is a trail that leads down from the road to an amazing fern grotto. It’s hard to believe that it exists. It’s a fun place for kids to play hide-&-seek, as the ferns grow to the height of an adult. Watch for a turn out above Centerville, at the top of the Chase Lane trail.

We need to check this out!

On top of the ridge looking down at creation.

On top of the ridge looking down at creation.

The road winding south.

The road winding south.

In the picture above, when seen at full screen you can see the dozens of miles of terraces which were part of the 1932 Conservation Corps efforts to control flooding back in the early 20th century. These run along the mountains in many places.

Looking back north, as we drive the ridge-line.

Looking back north, as we drive the ridge-line.

The Great Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake.

The incredible view and colors above Bountiful.

The incredible view and colors above Bountiful.

Taking a break on the climbing anchor rocks.

Taking a break on the climbing anchor rocks.

The wide view of the canyon and the Wasatch stretching out south.

The wide view of the canyon and the Wasatch stretching out south.

 

Full stats for the drive.

Full stats for the drive.


Personal Thoughts:

This really is a great drive. If you live in the area and you have not done this, stop reading this Trek and go do it now. (or wait until the road opens and the trees have got their leaves). Farmington Canyon has the most exposure. There are some narrow blind curves with large drop offs. But over all it is not too bad. If you like off-roading, then this will be calm to you. If you are timid about large drop offs and steep roads, then this will provide some good thrills for you. Either way, it is worth doing. I’ll see you up there this fall!

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A man of adventure and generally swell guy. He was born, and has been winging it since then. Trevor@thetrekplanner.com

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