Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City

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Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Iron Canyon in Park City, Utah is the "local's secret" for a beautiful, secluded trail that overlooks the Park City valley and the ski resorts. On a clear day you can see all the way out to the Uinta Mountains. The trail is more popular in winter as a fun sledding spot, but my favorite time to go is in early Summer when 
everything is turning green again. Most of the mountain is on private land, but the Iron Canyon trail allows for public access. The most difficult part about this hike is the parking - there are only 4 legal spots, and in summer months they are often filled by the neighbors throwing parties. Weekends and warm days will be harder to get parking, so I suggest hiking here during the week after work. Not only will you get in a quick work out, but also fantastic views.


From SLC, drive East on I-80 and take the exit for Kimball Junction (exit 145). Drive 5.2 miles, then turn Right at the light for Meadows Drive. Turn left on Aspen Springs Drive. Left on Delta Drive. Right on Iron Canyon Drive. Drive straight through the 4 way intersection.  At the "T" turn left on Iron Mountain Drive, then a right on Iron Canyon Drive again. You will see about 4 spots to park at, in between signs. You will need to park here, then walk up to the trail. The trail starts at the dead end, in the cul-de-sac, next to another "No Parking" and "No Hunting" sign.

Here's a driving map.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs


Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 920 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/permits? None

Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail starts at the end of the cul-de-sac, by a No Parking sign. You'll immediately hike over an in-ground flat water tank cover. In Spring, this first section can be a bit muddy.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At 0.10 miles, you will cut through the first open meadow then be right back in the trees.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Fall is sooo pretty! We actually saw a coyote cross the trail just ahead of us, and moose are also in the area.
Iron Canyon trail, Park City, Utah
 Around 0.6 miles you will be hiking through dense pine trees. In summer and fall, this section is well shaded and beautiful!
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Same section of trees but in October!
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail gets a little steeper as you continue higher, but it's not too bad. 
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Eventually you'll be hiking through more coniferous trees.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At your first trail split, veer left to the rocky overlook. 
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the overlook! You will see a memorial bench to sit on, and great views of the ski resorts and Park City.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Taking in the view...
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Panorama from the overlook - Park City to the left, Jupiter Peak to the far right. Park City Mountain Resort are the ski runs you can see.
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie and I strike a pose. This photo was taken in June 2015. It shows how green it can be!
Hiking Iron Canyon in Park City
Photo taken June 2017!
Hiking Iron Canyon, Park City, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Time to head back down! I can't get over how pretty it is in Fall!


Iron Canyon trail map

The trail does continue past this overlook to the ridge. It will put you in a neighborhood. You can also take the Mid-Mountain trail, or hike up to Iron Mountain peak. To get to the ridge, simply go back to the trail split, and hike up (West) to the ridge.



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3 comments:

  1. Great hike! There is still a lot of snow. That's a good thing:)

    Alicia, I wasn't sure if you checked my reply comments on our blog, so I thought I would respond on your blog:) No, the Moab Rim is a different hike than the Splitrock Trail, which I have on my list thanks to you:) You start the hike at the Moab Rim parking area which is out Kane Spring Road. Shortly after the pavement ends and past the Moonflower Canyon there is a fake cattle guard and the parking area is a little passed there on the right. You can hike the road, which we did the first time, or take the trail which is actually easier if 850 feet in .8 of mile can be easier:) This can be a one way hike with two cars and you hike further into Behind the Rocks and the Hidden Valley which ends up being 6.4 miles. We are going to hike the whole trail at once with our friends next week.

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    1. Thank you for the info! I will be adding this to my Moab hiking list! -Alicia

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  2. This is an awesome hike! Thanks for all the tips! With the directions, when you take an immediate right it’s Iron Canyon Court, not Drive, and there is more parking just below that street as long as you pay attention to where the signs refer to. Also, the no hunting sign is past the foliage after already starting down the path. I went in early June and it was breathtaking! The Aspen tree grove was my favorite!

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