8 Utah Trails To Hike This Spring

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We love our home state of Utah for its year-round beauty and access to the outdoors! The spring season is a perfect time to explore the state's diverse landscape by going on a new hike or two. Whether you are a Utah resident who wants to hike a new trail or are a visitor from out of state, here are eight hikes you need to put on your list for this season (and the outfit to wear on each one)!

1. Crimson Trail

Rating: Difficult
Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet

This hike is a Cache Valley favorite for its beautiful, sweeping views of the Logan Canyon. "The hike goes up along the China Wall and has a great view of the Wind Cave and Second Dam. You can start at one campground, go up along the Crimson Trail and then back through the Riverside Trail to return to the starting campground." - alltrails.com 

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2. Observation Point

Zion National Park
Rating: Difficult
Distance: 8 miles roundtrip
Elevation gain: 2,100 feet

The views are worth the effort on this hike! "This is a strenuous hike to the highest point in Zion National Park. You look down on Angels Landing and have a sweeping vista of the main canyon that makes up Zion. It is a stunning view." - alltrails.com

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3. Cecret Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating: Easy
Distance: 1.7 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 459 feet

This trail isn't so "cecret" anymore, but you'll understand why when you see all the wildflowers! "This is a very short hike to a beautiful alpine lake in the Albion Basin region near Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts. This area is very popular on summer weekends so parking may be difficult. Take the time to relax at the lake and take lots of photos of your family with the mountains as a backdrop." - alltrails.com

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4. Malan's Peak

Ogden, Utah
Rating: Difficult
Distance: 4.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2,060 feet

This trail has it all - elevation gain, sweeping views, a drinkable water well, and a secluded basin that can be accessed from the peak. "Located on the east side of Ogden, the summit of Malan's Peak offers dramatic views out over the community, the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding mountains. There are excellent views at several points along the trail, and so you don't have to make it to the summit to enjoy a hike here." - alltrails.com

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5. Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park
Rating: Easy
Distance: 0.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 62 feet roundtrip

Enjoy this leisurely hike in the early morning and watch the sunrise from under the arch! "An easy walk out to an arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike in Canyonlands National Park with great views." - alltrails.com

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6. Horsetail Falls

Alpine, Utah
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 3.9 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,617 feet

This stunning waterfall hike will deepen your appreciation of the Uintah mountains and the diversity of Utah's landscape. "Horsetail Falls is a short but steep hike that climbs up a wooded canyon to a spectacular cascading waterfall. Once at the waterfall, there are gorgeous views of the valley below." - alltrails.com

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7. Peekaboo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park
Rating: Difficult
Distance: 5.1 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,558 feet

Unique and whimsical, this hike will have you transported to another world. "The Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail begins at Bryce Point and drops quickly to the canyon floor. While some consider this a more moderate hike, due to the rapid elevation change and the length this hike is considered hard. Hikers are cautioned to be aware that this trail is shared with horses." - alltrails.com

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8. Donut Falls Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating: Easy
Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 531 feet

This trail is great for all skill levels, and hikers of all ages will marvel at this unique waterfall hike. "Easy trail with beautiful scenery on the way. Once sliding down into the cave, hikers can wade in the shallow water under the falls." - alltrails.com

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  • Yeah!! Thanks for sharing and for cute Easter egg hunt!! So fun!

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  • Love hiking and love Roolee… perfect combo!!

    Laurel on
  • I’m glad the Easter Egg Hunt led me here, this is a wonderful blog since I am planning a trip to Utah in the Fall/Winter. I’m very interested in the Mesa Arch now!

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