Grove Creek Canyon is located to the east of Pleasant Grove, Utah. It leads you through a somewhat narrow canyon, that eventually connects with the Great Western Trail. Along the way you'll have an amazing view of South Mt. Timpanogos, and pass two waterfalls - the first which is inaccessible, and the 2nd you could probably find a way down to yet wouldn't be easy.
Battle Creek Falls is another family friendly, dog friendly, and child friendly waterfall hikes that is enjoyable as more of a stroll rather than a "hike". It's short distance and elevation gain make this hike do-able for family visiting from out of town that want to see something pretty, yet not have to work hard to get there.
Lake Hardy is a high alpine lake located within the Lone Peak Wilderness. The lake itself sits at just above 10,000 ft so it's a great escape from the heat, however, it takes quite a bit of effort to reach it. There are two trails to get there, so I decided to turn into a clockwise loop, and it ended up being perfect.
Shelly Baldy Peak (11, 321 ft) is one of the many prominent peaks located in the Tushar Mountains within Fishlake National Forest. This one is for the peak baggers however, while Shelly Baldy Peak (SBP) isn't even in the top 5 for the tallest peaks in the Tushars, the easy North ridge approach at only 2 miles one way offers amazing 360 degree views. Follow the Mud Lake trail for 1 mile, then veer off trail and catch the ridge all the way for the last mile over unbalanced loose rock.
Blue Lake is located in the Tushar Mountains at the base of Mt.Belknap and Mt.Baldy. This turquoise blue lake has a flood control structure on the outlet, and is rimmed with downed trees. Most people haven't seen the lake full, yet the hike down it it offers amazing views of both peaks, as well as takes you through a variety of terrain - from forested sections to obvious avalanche paths, all while crossing streams.
Salt Creek Canyon Falls is a family-friendly hike in the Mt.Nebo Wilderness that even dogs can hike to! It's great for all ages, making this a popular hike in summer. You won't find solitude here, however, playing in the water is very refreshing! The trail is only 1.5 miles to reach the falls so it's a great quick hike if you're short on time; if you have all or half a day, then bring your backpacking chair, drinks, sunblock, and hang out for awhile! Be aware that ranchers do run their cattle up here randomly and therefore cow patties are often present. This trail does get hot, but if you plan to play in the water it's not that bad. Just bring plenty of water to drink.
Deuel Creek (pronounced like do-ell) is located along the East bench in Centerville, UT just south of Parrish Creek and north of Holbrook Canyon. Deuel Creek is sometimes shown as Centerville Creek on older maps - whatever you prefer to call it, this trail is great for the whole family. It follows the creek the entire way, crosses several bridges, passes by a fun rope swing, and leads to a waterfall. What's great about this trail is that it is shaded for most of the hike. Dogs will appreciate the water and shade in summer, and kids will find that this hike isn't too hard for their little legs either. There is an option to follow the North of South Deuel Creek Trail - this guide will be for the South trail.
Red Pine Lake & Gloria Falls is a popular trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) that leads you to a beautiful alpine lake that sits at 9,600 ft. The trail is very easy to follow, and can become very crowded on weekends, so mid-week is better for less people. Along the way be sure to stop at Gloria Falls, a 75 ft waterfall that flows down White Pine Fork. This trail is popular for runners, backpackers looking to spend a night at the lake, and hikers aiming for the Pfeifferhorn summit. This trail gradually gains 2,000 ft elevation in just 4 miles one way so your legs better be ready for a work out! Kids can do this trail if they have experience with this kind of mileage/gain, however, dogs are NOT allowed on this trail since they are not allowed in LCC at all.
The Best Backpacking Trips in the Uintas are just around the corner from Salt Lake City, not more than a few hours drive! The best parts about backpacking in the Uintas are that there is plenty of shade, water, a mix of level and steep trails, plus dogs are allowed off leash! There's something for everyone, so check out these trips below! Not ranked in any order, click the title of each trip to learn more. Be sure to use a tracking app such as Gaia GPS (my personal fav!) and/or a paper map so you don't get lost.
Naturalist Basin is located in the High Uintas Wilderness, and home to several lakes including the popular Blue Lake and Jordan Lake. Because Jordan Lake is only 6.5 miles one way, this makes for a great backpacking destination or a bigger day hike! There are plenty of campsites to choose from, from all lakes in the area and plenty of day hiking options if you decide to camp in this area. For this trip I did two shorter day hikes since I camped 3 nights - a day hike to Shaler Lake and another to Spread Eagle Peak (12,540 ft). You could also explore some of the other lakes like LeConte, Walcot, and Everman lakes.