One of our favorite Utah activities was hiking, but unfortunately there was so much snow that we couldn’t access many of the trails located at high elevations. However, we did enjoy several trails in the Heber Valley and elsewhere throughout the adventurous state!
Dutch Hollow Trails
These trails wind through the Wasatch State Park with the main trail head beginning behind a neighborhood (you feel like you’re in the wrong place for a few minutes during the drive!) There are a few trail heads to choose from, and all the trails connect to provide a hike above the valley that can range from 2 to 8 miles with a nice mixture of steep and level areas.
While driving through Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, you will see several parking areas with trail heads out of them. One of these is Hidden Falls. Although it is a super short hike (0.3 miles to the creek bed), it is very rewarding. We packed lunch, hiked to the creek, and climbed rocks above the falls to enjoy our meal with the scenery and sound of falling water. After exploring for a little while, we moved on to other trails, but this was worth the stop.
Deer Valley Reservoir
The Soldier Hollow Trail in Heber Valley is an 8-mile point-to-point trail with trail heads at each end of the mountain. It’s a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, so it is likely to encounter others while taking in the views of the valley. We hiked 4 miles then turned around to go back, and it was so enjoyable walking the twists and turns to see new angles of the mountains and water. This was definitely a favorite trail even if it isn’t hidden in the woods.