hikes in Salt Lake City
Hiking in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City is a joy. Join locals and explore the mountains east of Salt Lake City. Explore the stunning hikes around Little Cottonwood Canyon or Big Cottonwood Canyon, famous for the easy access to world-class hiking. Or venture a little bit farther and escape the crowds with some great hikes in less explored canyons outside Salt Lake City.
The top hikes near Salt Lake City are an incredible array of trails for all ages and abilities. We share great hikes that take you to peaks, stunning mountain lakes and exhilarating ridge walks. On weekends, expect crowds from Salt Lake City on many of the most popular hikes we list. If you're looking for a great hike near Salt Lake City, check out our list below.
THE TOP 10 HIKES NEAR SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
- Clayton Peak (4.2km, 455m, 1.5-3h): The steep hike up to Clayton Peak yields unbelievably stunning views. One of the easier summits to walk in the area, it’s surprising very few people make the trek!
- Sunset Peak (10.3km, 540m, 3.5-4.5h): If you are all about lakes, hiking up past Dog Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Martha and Lake Catherine are sure to please. The extra climb up to Sunset Peak blows the lakes out of the water and makes this a spectacular walk! This is a classic hike near Salt Lake City.
- Red Pine Lake & Pfeifferhorn Ridge (15.9km, 1202m, 7.5-9h): The beautiful hike in the Little Cottonwood Canyon takes you up to Red Pine Lake. Hiking past the lake and onto Pfeifferhorn Ridge involves some rock hopping and scrambling and you will need to use your hands, but for confident, experienced hikers the panoramic scenery is worth the trek.
- Mt. Raymond (13.2km, 945m, 4-5.5h): Hiking Mt. Raymond is an incredible hike in the Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. This hike has incredible views into the heart of the Wasatch, as well as west to Salt Lake City. Due to the somewhat larger elevation gain of the walk, there are also typically fewer people on the trail; it is not uncommon to have the summit to yourself.
- Box Elder Peak (22.0km, 1496m, 8-10h): One of the classic summit trails near Salt Lake City. The brutal hike up to Box Elder Peak involves gaining a full mile of elevation: aka not a walk in the park. Once you crest the ridge just under halfway up, however, you are completely surrounded by absolutely stunning views, and the panoramas from the summit are unbelievable.
- Lake Blanche (11.0km, 837m, 4-5h): The popular hike up to Lake Blanche is hotspot for the hikers of Salt Lake City for a reason. A stunning alpine lake nestled between beautiful, rocky mountains are your reward for the tiring trail. Access to this trail is from the Big Cottonwood Canyon.
- Silver Lake (8.8km, 429m, 3-4h): A stunning alpine lake that few people walk to due to the 4.8km dirt road access. This hike to this beautiful lake rewards you with views of the grey cliffs of White Baldy. It’s a stunning scene, perfect for a picnic or a swim.
- Cecret Lake (2.7km, 143m, 1-1.5h): Using the access road for Alta ski lift maintenance you are swept to high elevation without having to do much work. Starting in high alpine meadows, this short climb goes to a stunning alpine lake. A great reward for relatively little effort!
- Mt. Aire (6.0km, 601m, 2.5-4h): Just outside of the heart of the Wasatch, the desert-like Mt. Aire is a great hike and has some stunning views. Obviously, the people who made this trail had never heard of switchbacks!
- Donut Falls (2.4km, 104m, 1-2h): The classic family hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the short climb up to Donut Falls is quite spectacular. The large cascading waterfall is especially beautiful, as is the general scenery that surrounds you throughout the entire hike. This is a busy hike on weekends with families making the trip from Salt Lake City.
The best hikes in Salt Lake City
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