6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County

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Utah may be known for many things, but make no mistake – the outdoors is the bread and butter that makes the Beehive state what it is. Crowds of tourists and new residents come to experience the incredible landscapes and mountains, especially in Utah County.

One of the best ways to see what Utah has hidden is to explore the hiking trails in the surrounding mountains.

Here are a few hiking trails in Utah County not to be missed.

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
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Stewart Waterfalls Trail

The Stewart Waterfall Trail, also known as Stewart Falls, is a hidden gem among Provo Canyon hikes. Once you find it, however, it’s unforgettable. Many like to go when it’s hot outside, as the cool water from the falls is especially refreshing, but it’s imperative that hikers stay on the trail.

A moderate trail, this less than two hour hike is well worth your time as you experience the beautiful waterfalls cascading down from the high cliffs above. According All trails, this hike is about 3.4 miles round trip so plan accordingly. If you have furry companions, you’ll be happy to find that the trail is dog friendly!

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
Photo: Explore the Utah Valley

dry canyon

The Dry Canyon Trail is a lesser known hike in Utah County according to Explore the Utah Valley but it is definitely worth your time and effort. It can be a tough hike of nearly nine miles in total, but the solitude is worth it.

Popular trails can be fun to hike with groups of family and friends, but the Dry Canyon Trail is a simple reminder of what nature really has to offer its guests – peace and connection with nature. If you spend the summer months hiking among the lush green trees with the majestic Wasatch Mountains is like walking through an oil painting.

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
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cave falls

If you are not an avid hiker or have young children you will enjoy Cave Falls Trail. This “fun, family-friendly hike” is perfect for a hot summer afternoon if you’re looking to cool off, says Explore Utah Valley.

Located along the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway, this perfect little piece of scenery can offer some of the best sights and sounds along the famous loop that begins in the north. This is a very easy hike at only about a half mile round trip, according to All trails.

Grotto Falls is perfect for little ones or others who aren’t capable of moderate hikes.

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
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Peak of Timpanogos

Traveling through Utah County, it’s impossible to look around and miss the towering Mount Timpanogos towering over the valley. While the hike to the top is extremely difficult and time-consuming, locals will say it’s worth it. Explore the Utah Valley says the hike is nearly 16 miles, with about 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

You can start either at Aspen Grove Where Timpooneke trailheads. Aspen Grove will take you through switchbacks, past waterfalls and Emerald Lake, and even through a snowfield. The Timpooneke route will take you through meadows and up the basin.

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
Photo: Explore the Utah Valley

Mountain Y

BYU is Provo’s focal point and hike to the Y is an essential part of school culture. While some may think this hike is only for adventurous college dates, they are wrong. Although steep and full of switchbacks, it’s a short hike that can give students and anyone else an unparalleled view of the valley, says Explore the Utah Valley.

With a little less than 1000 feet elevation increase, it doesn’t take long to do this hike. In fact, there are some diehards who do this trek daily just for the exercise. Regulars will appreciate your presence even if you’re not a Cougar fan!

6 Must-See Hiking Trails in Utah County
Photo: Explore the Utah Valley

Lake Hardy

There’s nothing quite like a hike to a beautiful alpine lake. Every step is worth knowing that you will see something breathtaking that you cannot see in a city. Lake Hardy is one of those hikes worth doing, although it is lesser known. Explore the Utah Valley says it’s about 10,000 feet up in the Lone Peak Wilderness, nestled among huge granite boulders.

Depending on the time of year, you can also hike through dozens of beautiful wildflowers.

Whatever adventure you crave, you can find it in Utah County. For a full list of activities, ideas and trails, visit Explore the Utah Valley website.

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