Friday, May 20, 2016

Holbrook Canyon

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Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Earlier this week I hiked up Holbrook Canyon in Bountiful, UT. It's one of my favorite trails in Davis County for a few reasons. Dogs are allowed off leash on Davis County trails, it follows a stream, its really well shaded, not too steep, and you can choose your mileage. If you follow Holbrook Canyon all the way, you can reach the ridgeline, which is about 5 miles one way. Since we started at 6:30pm, we hiked 4 miles round trip. I was surprised at how high the stream was flowing - I've never seen it that high. Be prepared to wear water hiking shoes, such as Chacos or Keens. 

From SLC head north on I-15 and take exit 317 for 400 N in Bountiful, UT. Head east on 400 North. At the stop sign on 1300 E, continue straight. The road will bend south, and just after the Bountiful Temple, the trailhead and parking lot will be on your left. The parking lot can fit up to 12-15 cars, and restrooms are available.

Distance: 4 miles RT (or further if you have time)
Elevation gain: 1,100 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, kids love the bridges!
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Parking lot and TH.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Head down the path that starts directly in the parking lot, on the south side.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You immediately see the stream, as the trail continues along it on the North side.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie looks extra happy!
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
First stream crossing, about 10 minutes into the hike. If you walk left here, there is actually a bridge about 20 feet up the trail, but since we all had water shoes on we just crossed the stream.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
2nd bridge. It was a little wobbly. 
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
3rd bridge. The trail here was really washed out with the high water level, so either walk in the water or if you really want to try and stay dry walk on the bridge. This one was wobbly too from the high water.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The trail climbs a little elevation, and you get a really pretty view of the canyon.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Testing out my new water shoes - the Merrell Capra Rapid Hiking Water Shoe. At times the stream was almost knee deep, and these helped keep me from slipping in the current, and kept little rocks out of my shoe.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Sticky Purple Geranium found along the trail.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Find a good spot to turn around, and make your way back to the car the way you came. 
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Beautiful sunset as we reached our cars over the Great Salt Lake. Frary Peak is the peak on the left.
Holbrook Canyon Trail, Bountiful, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Trail map looking East.