5 Spectacular Fall Hikes Near Salt Lake City

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By Snow Travelista \ October 7 2014 \ 0 Comments

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.

Desolation Lake

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

 

Lake Blanche

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.

Trailhead: Bells Canyon North if it’s full, head to Bells Canyon South Trailhead.

Distance RT: 4.6 Miles

 

Mount Olympus

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

Erika Wiggins is a writer with a passion for travel, adventure sports, and good coffee. She first visited Utah on assignment to learn to ski. Three months later, she packed up and moved to Utah to ski The Greatest Snow on Earth every season. Today she scours Utah’s ski-scene looking for inspired vacation ideas and tricks to make each visitor’s stay extraordinary. Planning an exclusive getaway or need a resort with childcare or other specific amenities? Ask her for advice. Erika shares tips and inspiration with visitors from across the United States and the world. She is Ski Utah’s travel guru.