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16 Oct 2019
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Salt Lake City is known worldwide for its proximity to mountain fun, but most people don’t realize that the city provides direct access to hikes 

Even more people don’t realize how perfect fall is for hiking in Salt Lake City! Gorgeous fall foliage is in full swing, the weather is cool and pleasant, and tourist crowds have almost completely vanished. 

Here’s our list of 5 Family Friendly Salt Lake City Hikes:


1. Ensign Peak

Why families love it: Get a total panoramic view of Downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Valley, Wasatch Mountains, Oquirrh Mountains, and Great Salt Lake after just a short hike. Doable for all ages. 

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Length: 0.8 miles

Location: Navigate to Ensign Peak Trail, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

2. Mount Olympus

Why families love it: Ready to break a sweat? This is a challenging hike starting right in the Salt Lake Valley is long, but SO rewarding. Younger kids can hike to the shoulder or part-way and still get a breathtaking view. Older kids love the challenging rock scramble to reach the very top!

Difficulty Rating: Hard

 Length: 6.3 miles

Location: Navigate to Mount Olympus Trailhead, 5789 Wasatch Blvd, Holladay, UT 84121

3. City Creek Canyon

Why families love it: Next door to downtown is a quiet wilderness getaway. This canyon is a great way for all ages to get some exercise while enjoying close proximity to Downtown Salt Lake’s busiest area. It’s an out and back trail, so you can hike however much of it you want. 

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Length: 5.9 miles

Location: Navigate to City Creek Canyon Trailhead, City Creek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Click here for parking information.

4. The Living Room Lookout

Why families love it: This hike is doable for young and old, and provides another great view of the Salt Lake Valley, easily accessible from the Salt Lake Valley.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Length: 2.3 miles 

Location: Navigate to The Living Room Trailhead, 383 Colorow Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

5. Liberty Park Loop

Why families love it: This is a flat, wheelchair-accessible loop around Salt Lake City’s largest, most beautiful, and most beloved park. This park has an aviary, carnival rides, pond with paddle boats, a splash pad, and an expansive playground area.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Length: 1.4 miles

Location: Navigate to Liberty Park, 600 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105