Thanks to its proximity to mountains, desert, and the often-forgotten but absolutely spectacular Antelope Island, hiking in Salt Lake City is an outdoor lover’s dream. One don’t-miss recommendation: Frary Peak on Antelope Island, a moderate, 3.1 miles that ends with, arguably, the most spectacular viewpoint in the entire valley—maybe in Utah.
Just a few miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon is the Lake Blanche Trail, a 5.5-mile out-and-back. You don’t have to be in amazing shape to hike Lake Blanche. You do, however, have to be in amazing shape to run it. Push through the last quarter mile for amazing views at the top. Guardsman Pass to Bloods Lake is a great intro to the outdoors for kids: an easy, .6-mile hike. It’s a favorite of the canine crowd, however, so if your kids are afraid of dogs you should try something in the Cottonwoods: Donut Falls, for example, is a good alternative.
Groups: Wasatch Mountain