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3 Family Friendly Hikes in Salt Lake Area

Published on June 23, 2016 • Last updated March 1, 2023 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Community Involvement

Nothing says summertime like exploring our own backyard. The Wasatch Front is famous for its nearby, majestic mountains. Whether you are an avid peak-bagger, or a leisure wilderness stroller, the Front has a trail that will suit your ability. The following is a list of family friendly hikes that will help you and your children experience outdoor adventures.

Donut Falls

This is a perfect hike for the family. At 3.7 miles roundtrip and a max. elevation gain of 593 ft., this is an easy hike for the little ones. The trail is usually crowded
on the weekends, but the iconic donut-shaped falls are worth it. The falls also make it a perfect spot to cool off from the summertime heat. Be aware that the spring runoff in June is still pretty high, and the rushing water could be hazardous.

Access the trailhead by driving 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then turning right up the dirt road. You will drive past private property. Do not be tempted to park here. Drive further until you reach the trailhead parking lot.

Red Pine Lake

This is a secluded alpine lake with stunning views of granite cliffs, Douglas Firs, and Little Cottonwood Canyon. At 7 miles roundtrip, it might not be ideal for smaller children. However, with its moderate elevation gain, the Red Pine Lake trail is suitable for almost all ages. Expect to take 4-6 hours for the trip. The lake offers beautiful spots to camp overnight, or eat lunch.

Start on the White Pine Lake trailhead. Watch for a fork in the trail when it begins to switchback. Going right will take you into Red Pine Canyon, and ultimately to Red Pine Lake. Going left will take you to White Pine Lake.

For a more detailed description, click here.

For directions to the trailhead, click here.

Twin Lakes Trail

Located around Brighton Ski Resort, Twin Lakes offers remarkable views of alpine lakes, wildlife, and mountainous meadows. The hike is generally easy, but in some areas it is steep enough to feel like you’ve gotten a workout. It is perfect for families of all sizes and abilities.

The trail starts at Silver Lake on the Silver Lake Interpretive Trail (the Silver Lake Interpretive Trail is a mile long boardwalk that goes around the lake. The trail offers signs that teach about local wildlife, birds, and plants in the area.), and then cuts off into the woods. If you pay attention you could see a grazing moose, or a squirrel scurrying up a tree trunk.

For a detailed trip report from a local hiker, click here.

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