Best 5 Hiking Trails of Salt Lake City

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The Top 5 Hiking Spots of Salt Lake City

After living in Salt Lake City for four months, I instantly fell in love with the outdoors. I just love how the city is so close to the mountains, that you can even walk or bike to them. Here are my top 5 favorite hiking spots that you should check out in Salt Lake City.


1. Donut Falls

"Mmm...donut...d'oh!" A breathtaking waterfall gushing through a donut-shaped hole is what makes Donut Falls one of the most unique hiking spots in SLC. Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this easy hiking trail is family-friendly and really popular with locals. Be sure to get inside of the small cave to get really close to the waterfall.

 
Donut Falls

Donut Falls

 

2. Bell Canyon

The Bell Canyon Trail takes you up to both a lower and upper waterfalls. Both are highly recommended if you love hikes that have scenic endings. The hike also takes you to an alpine lake, making it the perfect scenery to relax and take a dip in.

 
Bell Canyon

Bell Canyon

 

3. Living Room Trail

Located next to the University of Utah, the Living Room Trail is one of the most scenic hikes you can do in SLC. The hike takes you up a moderately steep hill and all the way to a scenic viewpoint with stones assembled to look like a couch. There's even accessories there like a remote control, a lamp, and a flower pot.

The best part of this trail is the part where you get to be a couch potato on the rock couch while you sit and soak in the views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains. Did I mention that the views are perfect during a sunset? 

 
Living Room Trail

Living Room Trail

 

4. City Creek Canyon/Memory Grove Trail

Located near Downtown Salt Lake City and the State Capitol Building, this easy walk takes you to a memorial park dedicated to Utah Veterans. There's also a small creek and some of the best views of Salt Lake City are here.

 
City Creek Canyon/Memory Grove Trail

City Creek Canyon/Memory Grove Trail

 

5. Ensign Peak

This is one of the easiest and most family-friendly hikes. The Ensign Peak Trail takes you up a steep hill while overlooking Salt Lake Valley. A huge monument stands on top of the hill, paying homage to Mormon Pioneers history.

 
Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak

 
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