Utahns enjoy hundreds of hiking trails — we certainly have no shortage of beautiful vistas, aspen-lined trails and clear mountain air. But many of Utah’s hikes are difficult, climbing hundreds of feet in elevation. We’ve chosen these hikes especially for people who need a more relaxing hike. They’re perfect for small children, typically sedentary people and anyone who just wants a nice stroll in the beautiful Utah wilderness.
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4) Silver Lake Interpretive Trail, Big Cottonwood Canyon
This short trail around Silver Lake is mostly ADA accessible. Walk on boardwalks across marshes and over small tributaries. Much of the hike is shaded by aspens and pines. The boardwalk starts from the Silver Lake Center at Brighton. .75 miles round trip.
8) Mill B South Interpretive Trail, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Mill B South is a paved trail, accessible to wheelchairs (though parts are slightly steep). The trail, which runs along a Big Cottonwood creek, culminates with a small waterfall. 0.7 miles roundtrip. The trailhead is 4.4 miles from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
13) Barrier Free Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, this short, easy hike offers interpretive signs and plenty of wildflowers. After a short .4 miles, you’ll come to the end of the route — a wooden deck that overlooks the valley. Start at Snowbird Center’s third level. Follow the wheelchair ramp to the ski area, then traverse a couple switchbacks to reach the trailhead. .08 miles roundtrip.
Even though these hikes are all very short and easy, don’t forget that you’re still heading off into the Utah wilderness. Take along plenty of water, some snacks, a jacket and some sunscreen. The elevation may be challenging for out-of-state visitors and those with breathing or heart problems.
Writer, editor and researcher with a passion for exploring new places. Catherine loves local bookstores, independent films, and spending time with her family, including Gus the golden retriever, who is a very good boy.
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