5 Hikes Perfect for Fall

Our friends at Ski Utah put together an impressive fall hiking list and it was too good not to share. If you’re itching to get outside and take in the fiery fall hues… these trails won’t disappoint! Get out there and enjoy sweater weather because winter will be here before we know it.

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

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