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List of The Best Utah County Hikes To Try
When the temperatures heat up, it’s time to get your family out of the house to enjoy the beauty of Utah County. Provo Canyon, Alpine, American Fork, and other natural wonders are all found right in the Utah Valley, and the best way to experience them is by taking a hike. No matter what your ability level, you can find hiking trails to take you away from the daily grind, so you can recharge your batteries among the marvels of this majestic landscape. It’s time to strap on your hiking boots and hit one of these family friendly trails in Utah County.
This short trail is one of a few easy hikes in the Valley that is great for beginners, young children, and even your dogs. You can expect a one-mile round trip that features flower-filled meadows and awesome photo ops before you scramble up to the short summit.
Not every hike has to be difficult to get to a waterfall, and Cascade Springs is accessible for most everyone. This short, paved trail, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs, is less than a mile, and you are rewarded with a gorgeous water view. Take the whole family, even your pups, for a quick, easy hike.
Bridal Veil Falls
This family-friendly trail is one of the more popular hikes in Provo because you get to see a 607-foot waterfall at the end of the paved pathway. Take caution with younger kids because the rocks near the waterfall can be slippery. You can also continue up another path to reach midway up the falls if you are with older children and want more of a challenge.
Canyon Nature Trail
Pack a picnic to enjoy with your family before you stroll this paved trail that takes you over two bridges with spectacular views of American Fork Canyon. It isn’t too steep, so you and your family can hike together, regardless of skill or experience level.
Do you want a break from waterfalls? This meadow hike is perfect for wildflower fans. You are treated to a gorgeous mountain view towering above the lupine, fireweed, sunflowers, and other flowers that bloom in the summer months. Expect crowds around sunset who want to capture the perfect shot.
Big Springs Hollow
This easy-to-moderate trail in Provo Canyon is just over four miles out and back. Your older children may be up to the challenge of this hike which takes you past wildflowers and along a stream. You may even get a visit from butterflies and wild turkeys, depending on when you go.
Take this out-and-back trail through mining country to reach the lake at the top. It’s a moderate four-and-a-half-mile hike that your older children can enjoy because it does get a little steep on the way to the top. Keep your eyes open for deer and moose in the aspen on your trek to the lake.
This hidden gem of a trail in Alpine Canyon is for the more experienced hikers and older children. At about two miles, it’s not long, but it is steep with a 1,500-foot elevation to the waterfall. Expect the trail to narrow as you climb among the trees to get to the falls.
This family-friendly trail takes you up American Fork Canyon as you hike a gentle incline to about 1,200 feet. Younger children may find it too challenging, but your older kids and teens will enjoy walking through the trees and crossing streams of this 4-mile loop trail.
This US national park site gets crowded, so you mat need to make a reservation to experience a view of the canyon from the inside. You get the best of both worlds here because you hike to the entrance of the cave before you explore the underground rooms of the cave. Keep in mind that it is a bit steep to access and dark once inside, so you may want to save this one for your older children.
Mount Timpanogos Summit
Are you up for the challenge of this 12-mile hike to the top of one of Utah’s most well-known mountains? This strenuous hike is not for beginners, but the panoramic view makes it worth the effort. Be sure to have the right gear and check the weather because it can change quickly at the higher elevation.
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