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Donut Falls Trail

Salt Lake City, UT

Donut Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

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Lisa Falls Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

Hard to call this a trail. Its a path, just like Hidden Falls in BCC. And, just like Hidden Falls in BCC, these paths are primarily used by climbers. If you go, be courteous to the climbers and give them the room they need, they will almost always be at Lisa Falls.

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Battle Creek Falls
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy, pretty hike, although I didn't spend much time at the falls because there was a family doing pirate/mermaid themed group pictures so I didn't want to intrude...

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Three Divide Lakes
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

Three Divide Lakes sits at the top of a crest that separates the Provo and Weber River drainages. There are literally more than a dozen lakes in the area and the trail passes by at least 9 of them. Three Divide Lakes are tucked right up against the northern flank of Mt. Watson. The trail is well marked up to about Clyde Lake, then you're on your own. From Clyde to Three Divide is not too far so it's not a big deal, just hug the side of Watson and the rest is easy. Campsites are good and fishing is good. Enjoy!

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Ibantik Lake Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

Ibantik is a great destination lake, or as a stop along a larger route. Campsites are good on the west and east sides of the lake. Nestled in an alpine cirque providing a classic Uinta backdrop. The fishing is decent though not phenomenal. The hike is not terrible at all. The pass through the "notch" though uphill is easily gained and not a long affair. The hike back down into Ibantik is pleasant. A bit large by Uinta standards (though smaller than several in the area) Ibantik is not as quaint, however, the cirque of looming peaks behind Notch Mountain do a lot to make the lake feel farther away than it really is.

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Pfeifferhorn (via Red Pine Lake Trail)
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

One of the gems of the Wasatch. Best done in June (in my opinion) bring an Ice Axe and some snow shoes for the upper snow slope above the lake. Ditch the snowshoes before the Knife Blade ridge. Trail is much easier to find in snow. Start early and be off of the peak by noon to avoid slushy afternoon snow.
Enjoy!

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Lofty Lake Loop Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

As stated, the elevation gain is 771 feet, not 229. Not sure how that was computed. I have done this a dozen times or so, switching back and forth between directions. Its a solid hike as all the miles are above 10k so plan accordingly for Uinta weather. It can rain every day, regardless off what the weather says. Take a light jacket and more importantly, watch for lightning. Once you leave Kamas Lake (from the west side or Scout Lake (from the east side) you are flirting with being one of the taller objects around. Once at lofty, there is VERY little cover from a lightning storm. They call it Lofty for good reason. Its sitting at nearly 11k. Treeline in the Uinta's is between 10,500 and 11,000 depending on the terrain. The fishing at Lofty is usually good, take a rod and give it a shot. I'd give it 5 stars if the trail didn't briefly skirt the edge of a scout camp. They can be a rowdy bunch at times. Thankfully its only an issue for a 1/4 mile or so.

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Silver Lake Loop Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

I give this 4 stars based on what it was designed for. Its a stroll in a park, kinda like Sugarhouse or Liberty Park only much better. You could go to Sugarhood and walk around the pond gawking at all the lawn sprawlers and fitness aficionados with their painted on running attire and their ear buds, or you could go to the Silver Lake Loop trail. At just under a mile, this lake beats the others for a bunch of reasons. #1, It's real. #2, so are the people #3, Its a reminder of just how pretty the Wasatch is. Yea its busy, if your looking for solitude this is not it. If you need a place to take your kids or your date for a walk, this is it. Say hello, be friendly, and have fun.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway
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113 Completed 112 Reviews

Nice drive up a pretty canyon. Lots of hiking trails in the canyon, and 2 ski resorts (Solitude & Brighton).

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Ferguson Canyon Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

Great shady hike in mid summer. Give the climbers their space. Like a lot of other places in Utah, Ferguson is very unique. Tight canyon with cliffs on both sides, as narrow as 75 feet in places. I would call it moderate. The top is a bit harder but few people go that far.

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Cecret Lake Trail
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18 Completed 18 Reviews

I hope I am not being too harsh but giving this trail more than 3 stars seems wrong. Its a good hike, nice wildflowers when in season and quite a bit cooler than the city. But, there is evidence of ski infrastructure everywhere and that is a 2 star deduction in my opinion. Parts of the hike and especially the lake are diminished by the scars of the resort operations. You never seem to forget that you are right in the middle of a ski resort. Other than that, it's a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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