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Top 5 Hiking Spots in Salt Lake City

Living in Salt Lake City for 4 months, I instantly fell in love with the outdoors. I just love how this city is very close to the mountains that some of them, you can even walk or bike there.

Here are my top 5 hiking spots that you should check out in Salt Lake City: 

1. Donut Falls

Check out that waterfall!

Breathtaking waterfall gushing through a donut-shaped hole is what makes Donut Falls one of the most unique hiking spots within Salt Lake City. Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this easy hiking trail is family-friendly and really popular with the locals. Make sure to check out the inside of the small cave to get close to the waterfall.

2. Bell Canyon

Bell Canyon takes you up to both the lower and upper waterfalls, both highly recommended if you love hikes with scenic endings. Also, the hike takes you to an alpine lake, making it the perfect scenery to relax and take a dip.

3. Living Room Trail

Anyone wanna chill on the rock couch?

Located next to the University of Utah, this is one of the most scenic hikes that take you up a moderately steep hill. This trail takes you to a scenic viewpoint with stone chairs made to look like a couch along with some accessories (i.e. remote control, lamp, flower pot, etc.). Now, the best part is that you get to sit down lazily on the rock couch and soak in the views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains. Did I mention that the views are perfect during the sunset?

4. City Creek Canyon/Memory Grove

Located near Downtown Salt Lake and the state capitol building, this easy hike takes you down to a memorial park dedicated to Utah veterans, a small creek, and the best views of Salt Lake City.

5. Ensign Peak

The lone monument atop the peak

This is one of the easiest, family-friendly hikes. It takes you up a huge hill overlooking the entire Salt Lake Valley. A huge monument now stands on top of the hill, marking a significant Mormon pioneer history.


Have you hiked to any of these places? If so, what are your favorite hiking spots? If not, what are your favorite hiking spots that you recommend? Let me know by commenting down below.

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  1. Mayra says:

    Whoah! I absolutely love your blog!!
    And I would loooooove to check out the donut falls! & sit on the couch! Hahahhaaha & bell canyons too!! 😅
    Thank tou soo much for sharing !!

  2. Mayra says:

    Whoah! I absolutely love your blog!!
    And I would loooooove to check out the donut falls! & sit on the couch! Hahahhaaha & bell canyons too!! 😅
    Thank you soo much for sharing !!

    1. Soo A Cha says:

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Nice little hike, but extremely crowded. It is actually surprisingly steep for the first mile or so, but levels out into a nice stroll the rest of the hike to the lake. Great little lake and well worth the hike!

    1. Soo A Cha says:

      You’re talking about Bell Canyon, correct? It is pretty steep but the alpine lakes are indeed beautiful. Can’t agree more 🙂

  4. […] Close to beautiful, lush-green mountains and canyons, Salt Lake City offers many different hiking trails, each ranging from easy to hard. But don’t know where to start? Then check out my top 5 hiking spots in Salt Lake City. […]

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