Utah Hiking, Nature July 17, 2019
This 2-Mile Hike In Utah Takes You Through An Enchanting Forest
When you live in Utah, you don’t have to travel far to find a great hiking trail. There’s a beautiful hike that takes you through an enchanting forest, and it’s just a few miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore.
You'll find the trailhead for the Willow Heights Trail just past the Silver Fork Lodge, about 11 miles up the canyon. Watch for it on your left.
This pretty trail is just 2.2 miles long, round-trip, and it's got all the classic beauty of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest provides plenty of shade on a hot, summer day.
This trail is easy for most hikers, gaining an elevation of only about 500 feet. Enjoy the scenery while you stroll.
In July and August, you'll get an eyeful of color right alongside the trail.
Vibrant wildflowers blanket the forest and fields in the canyon. Bring your camera to capture their beauty, but make sure to leave them where they grow so that others can see their splendor, too.
As you emerge from the forest, you'll be treated to beautiful mountain views.
Your destination is Willow Lake, and you'll reach it quickly. You'll see Solitude Ski Resort in the distance.
Say hello to the local residents! You'll almost always find a few ducks hanging out on the little lake, and in warm months, you might even see some darling ducklings.
The other residents you're likely to see are moose, which are plentiful in the canyon. Don't get too close to these massive forest creatures - just admire them from afar.
The Willow Heights Trail is a great adventure, and it's often quite busy, especially on weekends. If possible, hike early on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
As always, please be a good steward when you visit this place. Remember to pack out everything you bring in, and be mindful that others are enjoying this wilderness. Stay on the trail to protect the vegetation surrounding it, and leave no trace.
Because Big Cottonwood Canyon serves as a watershed area, dogs aren't allowed here, so leave your pup home for this one.
Have you hiked the Willow Heights Trail? We’d love to hear about your adventure! If you’re looking for another easy trail, check out
this pretty parkway trail that’s perfect for almost everyone.