Monday, November 27, 2017

Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook

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Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
Ferguson Canyon is just to the south of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and is not apart of the SLC Watershed so dogs are allowed to hike here. It's a great canyon to hike, especially after work if you are short on time. The canyon is well shaded, and as you make your way to the overlook you get an amazing view of the SLC valley. Ferguson Canyon gets really busy on weekends because both hikers and rock climbers fill the canyon. Plan on hiking here either early in the morning or during the week to have a quieter hike.

I had actually hiked Ferguson Canyon about 3-4 years ago in the middle of summer. All I remember was how HOT it got, even with the stream flowing. I hated the hike and never wanted to go back....but my hiking friends hadn't done it in a long time so I gave in and was up for giving it another go. This time it wouldn't be 100F, yet it was still warm-ish out. I was able to get off work early, so we hiked here mid-week around 1-3 pm and it was great because we only saw 2-4 other people on the hike. With cooler temps and less people this hike was a lot more enjoyable this time around. 


Head south on Wasatch Blvd. Just past Big Cottonwood Canyon & the 7-11, turn left on Prospector Drive. Turn right immediately. Follow the brown signs for Ferguson Canyon. Park at the trail, or along the road (if it's crowded). 

Here's a driving map.

Distance: 4 miles RT
Elevation: 1,450 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? There is a sign at the entrance that says dogs must be leashed, but most people don't.
Kid friendly? Yes, but maybe only the first mile
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
Trailhead - lots of signs.

The trail starts from a neighborhood so parking can be hard to find, especially on weekends. You may need to park further away, down one of the streets.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Pass the water tank on your right.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Past the water tank you'll have a nice view of Ferguson Canyon, where you'll be hiking up.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Pass two signs that have grafiti on it.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 There are several natural springs year-round along the trail. Perfect for the pups!
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Mac checks out the climbing routes on the right side of the trail.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Hike under the tree arch! Charlie and Bear pose for the camera. Bear belongs to my friend - he is a 7 year old black lab and still loves to hike!
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Pass by another natural spring, which is more of a tiny waterfall.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
Eventually the trail seems like it will end, but actually turns left (NW) up to a few switchbacks.

 Bear just loves the camera! 
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Charlie leads the way up the switchbacks.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Another great view towards the top of Ferguson Canyon.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 It was sooo warm this November (2017)! I was hiking in a tank top the whole time. It had to have been around 65-70F! Happy to be in the sun.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Stopping at the rocky overlook - SLC is below me!
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 Somehow we managed to get all five dogs to pose for the camera! They are all buddies and hike together a lot.
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
 At the Ferguson Canyon Overlook with my pals! This is looking North (Big Cottonwood Canyon is below us).
Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs
Sunset on the way home.


Trail map to the overlook.




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Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook, Ferguson Canyon trail, Hiking in Utah with dogs

2 comments:

  1. What a great hike with lots a variety in the scenery. Love the photo of you and Charlie on the rock ledge:) Awesome dog photo!

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