Utah May 22, 2017
11 Amazing Utah Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Utah has so many hiking trails that most of us will never complete them all in a lifetime. While you can certainly plan an entire day (or weekend) around just one hiking trail here, sometimes you’re looking to get a quick nature fix. Head to the hills and hike one of these short trails that are under three miles!
1. Hidden Falls Trail, Big Cottonwood Canyon
This short, easy hike takes you to a pretty, hidden waterfall. It's just .3 miles roundtrip!
2. Queen's Garden Trail, Bryce National Park
Queen's Garden Trail drops you right into the amphitheater, where you'll be up close to the spectacular hoodoos. The descent is 320 feet, which you'll climb on the way back up... in only 1.8 miles round trip.
3. Birdsong Trail, Ogden
This pretty little trail on the Ogden bench has some nice views. You'll walk through wooded areas and meadows...and you'll likely see plenty of birds along the way. It's one mile round trip.
4. Cascade Springs Interpretive Trail, Wasatch Mountain State Park
This pretty trail makes a .7-mile loop. You'll likely see plenty of wildlife, and even some trout in the pools.
5. Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park
One of the most popular spots at Canyonlands National Park, the trail to Mesa Arch is often crowded. It's just a short .6 mile roundtrip. Go at sunrise for some stunning photos.
6. Lisa Falls, Little Cottonwood Canyon
The trial to Lisa Falls is just 1.1 miles roundtrip. The falls are pretty, and you can watch rock climbers, too.
7. Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park
Take the 2.4 mile loop to see all three pools on this popular hike in Zions National Park. Portions can be a bit steep, but overall it's rated easy to moderate.
8. Bonneville Shoreline Trail
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail stretches for 100 miles - from Cache County to Uth County. Choose your favorite three miles of the trail, and you'll be rewarded with a relatively easy hike and some unparalleled city and canyon views. no matter which section you're on.
9. Timpanogos Cave, American Fork Canyon
This hike zigzags right up the mountain with tons of switchbacks. Don't worry - there are plenty of benches along the way so you can rest and check out the gorgeous canyon views. It's 1.5 miles up - then you can tour the cave before hiking back down.
10. Double Arch Trail, Arches National Park
If you're looking for a fast, easy hike at Arches National Park, Double Arch Trail is perfect. It's just a half mile out and back.
11. Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon
This easy trail circles Silver Lake. Watch for wildlife (moose are often seen here), and enjoy some fresh air during your .9-mile loop.
Utah has hundreds of short hiking trails! What’s your favorite Utah trail?
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