16 Jun Eight of Utah’s Best Hikes
Kubex Fitness is all about helping you get there- and there’s not much better than a hike in the summertime and the great outdoors when it comes to flexing your Kubex Fitness accomplishments. And with Utah home to some of the most beautiful and diverse terrain in the world, there’s a reason people come from all over the world to see our national parks and beautiful scenery. From beautiful lake trails to endless sand dunes, there’s something for everyone.
With all Utah has to offer, you could hike a new trail each week and never run out of adventures. So with adventure in mind, let’s put your cross-training to good use with eight of the best hikes Utah has to offer:
Distance: 5 miles
This hike is not for the kiddies, folks. Standing at 1,488 feet tall in Zion National Park in Southern Utah, the Angel’s Landing hike will challenge your endurance… and your fear of heights. If the photo above doesn’t have you rethinking the wisdom of packing a parachute, when you reach the last half mile that follows a narrow ridge with steep drop-offs, you might. However, the aerial views from this hike are unparalleled. Safety first- don’t do this hike when it’s wet or windy.
Red Pine Lake Trail
Distance: 6.2 miles
Fear of heights to much? How about a lake destination hike where you can combine your summertime waterfront lounging with a gorgeous trail. The Red Pine Lake hike comes with not only crystal clear waters and a forest of pine trees, but with a beautiful view of the Salt Lake Valley.
Distance: 4 miles
Located in Arches National Park, this is Utah’s “must-do” hike. Not only is the final destination a photo-worthy event, but the hike itself is pretty great too. The trail is only moderate in elevation and distance, which makes it a great choice for a family or beginners. It’s the most popular trail in the park, so be prepared for some crowds.
Stewart Falls Trail
Distance: 3.6 miles
This list wouldn’t be complete without a waterfall now, would it? Located on the east side of Mount Timpanogos, Stewart falls is one of the most scenic- and dare we say photogenic hikes- in northern Utah. The falls cascade in two tiers over 200 breath-taking feet of craggy granite. Summer is a good time to make this trek, but fall might be even better when the leaves start doing their thing.
Distance: (from Aspen Grove) 14.6 miles
Mt. Timpanogos towers over Provo and is the second highest peak in the Wasatch mountain range. No getting around it, this hike challenging. And by challenging, we mean put-in-a-couple-extra-sequences-to-get-ready hard. The distance itself is pretty intense if you’re not an experienced hiker, and the switchbacks can give you a run for your money if you’re not prepared. BUTif you’re up for a tough trail with a gallery of amazing views and scenic waterfalls, this one is all you.
The Crimson Trail
Distance: (full loop) 6 miles
This hike is a hidden gem in the northernmost part of Utah in Logan Canyon. Unlike some Utah trails, it’s dog-friendly so feel free to bring Fido and Rover. On this path you’ll find beautiful views of the wind caves and second dam and walk along the river, through a forest and along a large granite outcropping known as the China Wall. As with all nature trails, be cautious with local wildlife as there have been rattlesnake sightings on this trail.
Distance: 3-8 miles (depending route)
We’ve mentioned hikes that run past a river but what about hiking THROUGH one? The sulphur creek trail lets you do just that- in addition to hiking through a red rock canyon with incredible waterfalls. This one is a backcountry trail a little ways off the beaten path, and gives you an experience similar to Zion’s Narrows without all the crowds and hassle. Your trail can be modified to be a little more family friendly as well.
Kanarra Creek Falls
Distance: 3.7 miles
This gorgeous hike is located in the booming town of Kanarraville. Ever heard of it? No? Ok, you might need to plug it into your GPS. This is a water hike so be sure to go in the heat of summer to stay nice and cool! The trail is lush and green which means bugs will probably accompany you on the trip. This hike isn’t ideal for kids unless you plan to carry them a lot of the way… and remember, you will get wet!