I will let you in on a little secret, I used to be a total city girl who hated being outside in nature. Downtown Seattle was my playground and I only went hiking a couple of times growing up and acted like a total brat. It wasn’t until I moved to Utah that I started to really enjoy the great outdoors. I didn’t fall in love with hiking instantly. Once I discovered the amazing places I could go and how great of a work out it was is when the change in me happened.
I love living in a place where I can go to school or work and then go on a hike after. In Salt Lake City there are great hiking trails within minutes from the city.
The Living Room Hike is right behind the University of Utah and has a beautiful view of the city. It was one of the first hikes my boyfriend took me on. A beginner could totally do this hike. It is about 2.2. miles and can be accessed all year round.
Two other easy hikes are Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Stewart Falls in Provo Canyon. I have a friend who hates hiking but has tried to get into it just to support my passion and I take her on these hikes. She doesn’t complain too much which means they are not too difficult.
This picture was taken this past summer at Stewart Falls.
My dad always told me two things. Don’t get on a motorcycle and never get into a river. Sorry, dad! Just look away from this picture.
An easy hike for families or beginners is Cecret Lake. It is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon and is about 1.7 miles long. During the right season, there are gorgeous wildflowers and I have even seen a couple of moose up there.
My all time favorite hike near Salt Lake City is Grandeur Peak. It is about 5.3 miles and has an amazing view of the city but also a view of the canyon. I love how you can look in one direction and see the busy city or turn in another direction and see the peaceful mountains. It is also a great work out.
If you want a real butt kicker you should visit Lake Blanche. It is about a 7-mile hike and is very steep in some parts. I repeat to myself “are we there yet?” multiple times while doing this one. However, when I get to the top it is absolutely beautiful and makes it all worth it.
Sunset Peak trail is a summer favorite. It is pretty difficult but stunning. It can be accessed through Big Cottonwood Canyon or Little Cottonwood Canyon. My favorite way is through Big Cottonwood Canyon because you first stop by the three lakes. Lake Mary, Lake Catherine and Lake Martha.
This is a view of Lake Mary. Lake Mary is the first lake you stop at.
All smiles when I make it to the top. You can see Lake Mary and Lake Catherine in this photo.
I saved the most difficult for last, Mount Olympus. It is a 6.6-mile trail and is super steep. I look at this mountain every day and it is amazing to think to myself and know I have climbed it. I feel like I accomplished one of my goals since moving to Utah.
These are just a few of my favorite hikes in the Salt Lake Area. I have more up my sleeve that I will share in a later post. I challenge all you city gals to get out in nature and get dirty! It has been the best decision I ever made.