Best Trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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Want to find the best trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 611 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 93 easy hiking trails in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 0 to 6,200 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front. The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres. It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; and Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming. Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking. Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.

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Donut Falls Trail
#1 - Donut Falls Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 5.3 km • Est. 1h 42m
Donut Falls is popular for a reason. This easy, family friendly hike is a short drive from Salt Lake City, and boasts an incredibly unique waterfall. You’ll start your hike at the Donut Falls Trailhead. To get here, go up Big Cottonwood to the Mill D Trailhead. Turn right onto Mill D South Fork Road and pass the Jordan Pines Picnic Area. Eventually the road will become dirt, and you’ll continue to the trailhead. During winter, or when the trailhead parking is full, you’ll need to park at the Mill D Trailhead. This alternate trailhead adds roughly a mile round-trip to the hike. After parking, continue southward on the clearly marked trail. You’ll soon go over a small creek on a wooden bridge. After another quarter mile, the trail ends, and you’ll come across a steep boulder field that leads up to the falls. Many hikers, content with the trail thus far, choose to forego this final push to the falls. The climb is wet, rocky, and potentially dangerous. Watch out for small children in this area, as the scramble can be quite difficult. Those who make it up the scramble are rewarded with a unique waterfall. The name of the trail makes sense as you look upward through a donut hole, from which water is pouring out of. The water falls into a small pool in the cave, before trickling down the rocks you just climbed up. The falls are truly special, and something you won’t soon forget.Show more
Bell Canyon Trail to Lower Falls
#2 - Bell Canyon Trail to Lower Falls
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2h 50m
This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Bells Canyon Trail is a short and challenging hike in the Wasatch Mountains. Starting from the parking lot, you will first reach the Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir. Continuing through the canyon from here, the hike is rocky and steep so make sure you have an ample amount of water. This route terminates at the lower falls which is a great spot for a break after the quick elevation gain. There are great views throughout the hike of the surrounding canyon and cityscapes below. Since this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.Show more
Gloria Falls
#3 - Gloria Falls
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 3.5 km • Est. 1h 15m
Know Before You Go - this trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org. It is suggested that users download the route before hiking as the paths can get a bit confusing. This is a gorgeous trail with some inclines but plenty of recovery time. The waterfalls have been marked by waypoints on the map. Keep an eye out for moose!Show more
Adams Canyon Trail
#4 - Adams Canyon Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 2h 30m
Adams Canyon Trail in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is a scenic trail along North Fork Holmes Creek with an assortment of terrain and great views, ending at the spectacular 40-foot Adams Waterfall. The trail is the second most popular trail in Davis County due to its accessibility and shade. The first half mile of the trail consists of steep switchbacks and then plateaus as you work your way into the canyon past the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The hiking trail is relatively easy to follow but the last portion up to the waterfall is challenging. Parking is available at the Adams Canyon Trailhead off North Eastside Drive just outside of Layton. Hiking is not permitted above the waterfalls as the terrain is steep and wet.Show more
Cecret Lake Trail
#5 - Cecret Lake Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 2.9 km • Est. 1h 2m
The Cecret Lake Trail is a wonderful family-friendly hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Albion Basin of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta Ski Area. The trail begins at 9000’ of elevation. The trail is a popular day trip from Salt Lake City. The Cecret Lake trailhead is located right by Albion Basin Campground. You have the option to continue hiking up from this trail to Sugarloaf Peak. Take the time to relax at the lake and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop. Due to extremely limited parking access at Cecret Lake/Catherine's Pass Trailheads and to reduce congestion on the Summer Road and in the upper Albion Basin parking areas, it is highly recommended that hikers park in the Albion base area parking lot and hike the Upper Albion Meadows Trail. There is a $10 amenity fee to access the Cecret Lake/Catherine's Pass Trailheads via the Summer Road. Overall, this is an easy hike but you will want to arrive early because of its popularity. There are many fun trails to explore in Wasatch National Forest, however, this is one of the best. Know Before You Go: In winter, this trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.orgShow more
Lake Mary Trail
#6 - Lake Mary Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 4.2 km • Est. 1h 37m
The Lake Mary Trail is relatively short and easy, but does include steep portions at the end and does get rocky at times if not using this route in winter. Folks not accustomed to elevation may find this trail more difficult, so preparing for this day hike with plenty of food and water is a good idea. No matter what experience level, users will enjoy visiting this great example of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Since this route can be poorly marked, users definitely recommend using the offline maps or GPS, especially in winter or deep snow or when finding the picnic areas. The stay overnight at lake Mary is beautiful with a full moon and clear skies, so checking the weather in advance is a great way to plan for the best conditions. Since part of this trail passes through Brighton Ski Resort, the area does sometimes close uphill traffic to the official Lake Mary trailhead, and hiking slightly further may be needed. In this case, users recommend parking at another trailhead close by and adding some other routes to this trail, such as the Dog Lake trailhead which is also managed by the forest service. Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.orgShow more
Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail
#7 - Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 24.1 km • Est. 9h 2m
Know Before You Go: This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org. A few other good sources for trail conditions are the Pleasant Grove Ranger District, and TERT (Timpanogos Emergency Response Team) Facebook page. There are two main trails to the top of Timpanogos, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Utah. This is the Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail to the towering summit of Mt. Timpanogos. This challenging trail boasts beautiful wildflowers, as well as opportunities to spot wildlife. The trail can be completed as a long, strenuous day trip, though some decide to break it into a multi-day trip. The trail begins from the Timpooneke trailhead. The trailhead is close to the Timpooneke campground, a great option to spend the night before tackling this difficult climb. From the trailhead, the trail continues along the south fork river, by Scout Falls, and up into Timpanogos Basin. Some of the switchbacks can be long and arduous, amounting to significant elevation gain. When you reach the saddle, the trail gets difficult, you may need to scramble and rock climb, and the conditions can be cold and windy. From the saddle it isn’t too far until you reach the summit of Mount Timpanogos. From here you will have great views of Utah Lake, Provo Canyon, and Emerald Lake. The parking lot gets really packed on the weekends, so get there early to enjoy one of the best hikes in the Wasatch Mountains. If you’re lucky, you might spot a herd of mountain goats. Show more
Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork
#8 - Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 9.5 km • Est. 3h 59m
The Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork trailhead starts at the end of the Church Fork picnic area’s road. If the picnic area is closed, users are invited to park outside and walk along the picnic area road till the end to the start of the trailhead which will add approximately 0.2 miles each way to the route. While this is a great route for any time of day and any season, users cannot recommend this peak enough for a sunrise hike! It is best to start right at sunrise, and spend about 90 minutes ascending to the summit if moving fast. There is plenty of shade on the first half of the route, with the higher parts of the trail being less shaded due to smaller trees and shrubs as the route approaches the tree line. There are some gently sloping parts, with some steep parts and some rocky areas closer to the top, which is a perfect example of what the rocky mountains bring to users. Once at the summit or higher up, the gorgeous views all the way up will make users smile with delight - especially above the treeline and incredible place to watch the sunrise along the peak trail. Dogs are allowed off-leash on odd-numbered days, must be leashed on even-numbered days. There is a $5 fee per car to enter this canyon (toll booth located a few miles from the trail head). It is paid as users leave.Show more
Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail
#9 - Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7.2 km • Est. 2h 14m
Located in beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Fifth Water Hot Springs is a popular destination for visitors and locals from the Salt Lake City area. These scenic hot springs are located in Diamond Fork Canyon, which splits off from Spanish Fork Canyon. From the trailhead, follow the trail southeast along the east bank of Sixth Water Creek. Do not cross the footbridge. After 1.0 mile, you will come to another foot bridge, which you should cross. This is the junction of Sixth Water Creek (from the left) and Fifth Water Creek (from the right). About a mile after the footbridge, the water will turn milky blue and start smelling like sulfur, a sign that you're getting close. About a mile from the footbridge, you'll see the lower hot springs on your right. Someone built a rock pool and diverted the hot water into it, so it's pretty deep. Another 20 yards upstream are two other hot springs. One is on the left side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall, and the other is on the right side of the river about 50 feet downstream from the base of the waterfall. There are several soaking pools that have been made for your soaking pleasure. Fifth Water Hot Springs are very popular and as a result there have been a lot of visitors leaving trash, hiking off trail, or otherwise degrading the environment. If you love this place- bring a bag with you on your hike to pick up trash. Be sure to wear shoes when walking between pools as there have been reports of broken glass on the trail. There is lots of parking and a bathroom at the trailhead. Parking on the street is discouraged as parking tickets are common. Show more
Lake Catherine Via Brighton Lakes Trail
#10 - Lake Catherine Via Brighton Lakes Trail
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
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Length: 7.1 km • Est. 2h 37m
This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area.Show more
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