Over the summer, I explored various trails for The Signpost readers. For those of you who are new or were out of the area during the summer, here is a quick recap.
Most everyone has heard about Waterfall Canyon and if you have not, Google it and get out on the trail. Once you have hiked Waterfall Canyon, however, I highly suggest never going back. There are too many people, and in all honesty it’s a Cub Scout trail: 10-year-olds can cook up this trail.
For you would-be hiking warriors, here is a list of seven reasons not to return to Waterfall Canyon.
- Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Weber County)
This trail is 5.5 miles total and an easy-going hike starting at 4600 South and ending at 20th Street. It is a great way to see most of the county and set yourself up for other hikes or as a recharger.
This trail is 1 mile total and starts at the top of 22nd Street. There are a lot of intersecting trails, but head towards the mountain and you should find your way. This is my Waterfall Canyon. It’s an easy enough hike, but hard to find so it’s not as crowded.
This is where novice hikers become beginner hikers. It takes 2 1/2 hours total to complete, and hikers should bring at least a gallon of water. Five switchbacks make this trail equivalent to 1 1/2 hours on a Stairmaster. It provides killer views and an excellent workout to prep for more advanced hikes in the area.
- Indian Trail
Starting at the 21st Street trailhead, this hike is a wonderful way to experience Ogden Canyon and a great campground area. It provides an access route to Eden-area trails without having to walk or bike up the canyon. There is also a trailhead that starts about a quarter of the way up Ogden Canyon to enjoy a different take of this hike.
Starting at Beus Trailhead on 4600 South, this hike is 5 hours one way. This is the one that will give you an intro to backpacking. Fern Valley is a unique part of this hike. Be sure to overpack on water, and wear socks or pants to prevent scrubs from tearing up your legs. Go slowly to enjoy the views and bring a few friends.
- Adam’s Canyon
A 3.7-mile trail in Layton, this hike is Davis County’s version of Waterfall Canyon done right. It’s fairly easy, and the waterfall at the end makes the whole hike worth it. Quite a few people use and prefer this trail, so plan ahead and bring water.
If you find yourself with limited time or limited capability for a traditional hike, there are many roads in the area that provide the Urban Hiking experience. In a pinch, you can simply walk from the Social Science building to the science buildings or from the residence halls to Elizabeth Hall, and you will be an experienced Urban Hiker in no time.
Waterfall Canyon is a great introduction to hiking in the area. Just remember, it is a big hiking world and you don’t have to limit yourself. All you really need are good shoes, water, friends and a sense of purpose. Happy hiking, my friends. If you see me say “Hello” to the Dude and share a story or 3.