Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove

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Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove follows one of the newest sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST). It's a 5 mile point-to-point trail great for dogs and trail runs. There are a few sections with sheer drop offs, and for that reason, I don't recommend little kids. The views along this route offer amazing views of the SLC valley, as well as Mt. Olympus high above to the East. There is only a handful of shady spots and no water source, so you'll definitley want to start early in the morning (or late evening) to beat the heat. There are several nice rocky outcroppings that would be perfect to watch sunset from as well. This route requires a car shuttle - one at each trailhead if you plan to hike this point-to-point. 


Drop one car here, at the Heugh's Canyon TH.

Drop one car here, at the Olympus Cove TH.

And here's the driving directions between the two points. You can hike this in either direction.

Head south on Wasatch Blvd from 4500 South. Park on the corner of Wasatch Blvd & E Canyon Cove Drive, on the East side of the road where there is a dirt pullout and a few paved parking spots. Park here, as no public parking is allowed in the neighborhood. 

Begin walking to the actual TH. Walk up Canyon Cove Drive, then an immediate left turn onto Oak Canyon Drive, then right on Canyon Winds Lane. From here, awkwardly cut through a neighbor's driveway to get to the dirt trail.   There are no official signs. See map below.



Distance: 5 miles point-to-point
Elevation gain: 1,041 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? No, due to steep drop offs
Fees/Permits? None

New for 2019
Parking has moved locations for the Heugh's Canyon TH. Here's where you need to park, then walk up. 
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove
New parking location - this adds on 0.4 miles before reaching the actual TH. Keep in mind that dogs need to remain on leash until you reach the dirt trail.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Heugh's Canyon starts just to the East of the house right there on the corner - you have to walk through their paved driveway. It's an easement, and the public is allowed to walk through here.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove
Follow Heugh's Canyon for about 20 minutes until you see a trail veering off to the left with a large log and the brown sign post. This is your turn to connect the BST - if you cross a bridge up Heugh's you went too far (though hiking all the way to the waterfall is well worth your time!).
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Don't forget to look up and back as you hike up the first hill!
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
This is Sagan, our new pup friend that we dog-sat for a few days. She's a mix of GSD/cattle dog/and a mystery mix!
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
There are several nice rocky areas along the trail with great views of the valley.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The trail contours the base of Mt. Olympus.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Great views all around!
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie is always a happy hiker!
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The trail leads toward Tolcats Canyon - we were hoping a stream would be flowing here, but it was bone dry already by early May.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
More rocky areas to stop and take in the view.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie loves scrambling too. He was getting so hot - I was glad I brought 3 liters of water.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
As the trail gets closer to the Mt. Olypmus intersection, it gets rockier.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
"Um, yes, I would like a treat, Mama!"
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The Mt. Olympus intersection. The easier way is to go right, but left will work too. We went left, hiked downhill, connnected over to the BST, and had to work up a few small switchbacks. Going right would have only saved us about 10 mintues. Next time, I would only go right.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The trail becomes even more exposed, and you'll work your way over to the next overlook.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Panorama from one of the overlooks. I-215 below.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Above I-215. You can barely see downtown SLC in the top right corner.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie and Sagan pose for me!
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
As you keep curving around the base of Mt. Olympus, you will get a great view of Grandeur Peak (another great summit!)
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
You'll come to another trail split, this time stay left to go downhill.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Finally there's some shade along the trail, and you're almost done.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Make your way down the steep stairs to meet up with your other car.
Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie and Sagan loved this trail, but did get a little hot. Next time, we will do this hike the opposite way so we can hike mostly downhill and end at the stream in Heugh's Canyon.


Trail Map


Hiking from Heugh's Canyon Waterfall, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
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Hiking from Heugh's Canyon to Olympus Cove, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs