Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Woods Trail & Dog Park

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The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Woods Trail & Dog Park is one of Kimball Junction, Utah's newest dog parks. Located in a neighborhood to the north of I-80, this small dog park is fenced in for your furry pal to run around and get his energy out. After playing ball, grab your leash and take your choice of two trails starting from the dog park - the easy 0.5 mile loop that wraps around the pond, or the longer 1.3 mile loop that weaves it's way through the neighboorhood with view of Summit Park Peak.


The Woods dog park is well maintained by the Snyderville Basin Recreation District. It's probably the cleanest dog I've been to in the SLC area! The fenced in area is small, but there's plenty of room to play ball and let your dog loose. There is a restroom at the parking lot, trash cans, doggie poop bags are provided, and a small bench under a shelter if it's raining. 

From SLC, head East on I-80 and take exit 141 for Jeremy Ranch. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp, then left at the next stop sign (gas station will be kitty corner to this stop sign). At the round-a-bout, continue straight on Rasmussen Rd. Pass the tennis court on your left. At the next stop sign (Sunrise Dr), turn left. Drive straight until you see the sign for The Woods Trailhead, and park there. Address is 4275 Sunrise Dr, Park City, Utah.

Distance: 1.31 miles RT
Elevation gain: 130 ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes!
Kid friendly? Yes!

The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Woods Trailhead and parking area.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Walk down the paved path until you see the fenced in dog park on your left.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie and I were the only ones here on a Friday morning at 8:30am. Whenever we go to dog parks he's not super interested in playing with other dogs - only his Chuckit! ball thrower, so he wasn't sad other dogs weren't there.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Romping around in his usual fashion.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
After playing in the dog park, we decided to walk the easy trail. It starts out paved, but soon turns to a gravel path. Dogs are technically supposed to be leashed on these trails, but since no one was there, I let him off.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Walking by the neighborhood pond. I tried not to let Charlie swim in it - the water didn't look the cleanest.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You will be able to see I-80 from this path, but it is fenced.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Enjoying the walk!
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You will come to a trail split - turning right will put you on the 0.5 mile loop, and heading left is the 1.3 mile loop. Charlie has a lot of energy, so we went left.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Passing by another man-made decorative pond. It does a good job in making you feel like you are in the wilderness (for about 2 seconds!)
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
This was the first sign I saw about being in a private community. Make sure you put your dog on leash if others are around and when you cross the street ahead.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Taking a break to catch his breath. I really liked this section of the path with all the Aspen trees.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You will walk behind really large homes. Don't let your dog run into their property - not sure how the neighbors feel about having this path right behind their home.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Putting his leash on to cross the road, then continuing on the path straight ahead.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
We made our loop back to the parking lot, where you can see it's totally empty! That's the restroom on the far right, which was thankfully open.
The Woods Trail and Dog Park, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Our path was the 1.3 mile loop in yellow. This is looking North.


2 comments:

  1. This looks great. I didn't realize there was a path there too! Heather [www.mylifestyletoyours.com]

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    1. Me either! Glad I decided to explore! -Alicia

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