7 “Must See” Nature Hikes in the Salt Lake Valley

June 19, 2018

Summit Vista is built on the core values of being healthy, active, independent, and engaged. You may already be aware of many of the beautiful and inspiring hikes and scenic areas in and around the Salt Lake valley. Here are seven convenient hikes you won’t want to miss: 

  1. ENSIGN PEAK: There’s a bit of an elevation gain (350 feet), but the hike is actually only about a mile round trip. Enjoy incredible views of downtown, the Great Salt Lake, and the surrounding mountains. Ensign Peak is located just up the hill from the Utah State Capitol. 
  1. RED BUTTE GARDEN: Red Butte Garden is open year round with several different activities and events. From May 1 to August 31, You can enjoy the garden splendor of Red Butte Garden including; art exhibits, concerts, poetry walks, and much more. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Use the garden maps to stroll around the park and see fantastic and colorful plants, flowers, and trees. 
  1. THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK: For a short stroll through the history of Utah history and pioneer heritage visit this This is the Place Heritage Park and visit attractions like the Native American Village or a horse ride with Western Trail Rides. 
  1. MILLCREEK CANYON: One hike in Millcreek Canyon you’ll want to try here is Pipeline Trail. 6.5 miles of beautiful wildflowers and scenic views, this Salt Lake City trail is popular for hiking and trail running. Take the trail it as far as you like.—and. The Pipeline Trail is also it’s dog friendly. (canyon fee required) 
  1. ALBION BASIN: This easy mile-long wildflower hike is known for its dazzling display of mountain wildflowers. You’ll find it at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon (parking near the Albion Grill). You may also When hiking the Albion Basin don’t be surprised if you see moose and deer! 
  1. HIDDEN FALLS: Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this Hidden Fall’s easy half-mile round-trip hike takes you up 50 feet in elevation to a beautiful waterfall secretly tucked away from civilization. 
  1. JORDAN RIVER PARKWAY: Here’s one right in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley city. The most popular section of the Jordan River Parkway is in Murray, featuring 5 miles of paved trails, picnic areas, boardwalks, playgrounds, and restrooms.

We are fortunate to have so many scenic hikes in and near the Salt Lake Valley and Summit Vista can help get you to your desired destinations with their free transportation services. May through August is the best time to get out and see them.


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