Sweater weather. Splashes of yellow highlighting the mountains. Sunset arrives earlier. All signs that autumn is here. Do you know what that means?? Ski season is only 45 days away! Woohooo!
Oh and it’s a great time for hiking.
Okay, admittedly I’m preoccupied with dreams of Utah powder, but fall is a stunning time for hiking. There are many lovely hikes in the area, but these five Salt Lake City hikes offer an especially pretty display of honey gold, green, and rusty red leaves during autumn.
Why it’s hike-worthy: Stands of aspen, lovely meadows, a good workout and a pretty lake nestled in a bowl.
Trailhead: Mill D North Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Distance RT: 7.2 Miles
Why it’s hike-worthy: Awesome views of the canyon, pretty lake reflecting Sundial Peak, some legit butt toning, great picnic spots, two additional lakes just 200 yards further. This is a classic Salt Lake City hike especially pretty with fall color. Rock hounds will enjoy the interesting geology as well.
Trailhead: Mill B South in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This lot fills early. Be prepared to park at the s-curve lot or along the road.
Distance RT: 6.4 Miles
Bells Canyon Falls:
Why it’s Hike-worthy: Beautiful reservoir, wide meadows, lots of trees (therefore color), a waterfall, a moderate hike for most. Even if you don’t hike to the falls, this hike is lovely.
Distance RT: 4.6 Miles
Why it’s hike worthy: Pretty views, plenty of trees, a good hike in cooler weather, epic 360˚ view from the top, bragging rights (it’s one of the steepest hikes in Salt Lake, climbing 4,152’ in just 3.4 miles.) Read more about the hike HERE.
Trailhead: The Mount Olympus Trailhead is located on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard. From 4500 South, head south on Wasatch Boulevard for roughly 1.6 miles and look for a sign marking the parking area. If parking is full, you’ll need to park on the main road.
Distance RT: 6.8 Miles
Red Pine Lake
Why it’s hike worthy: Moderate hike, aspen groves, stunning alpine lake, picnic spots, a second upper lake nearby, sweeping canyon views.
Trailhead: White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Distance RT: 7 miles