7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Utah

7 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Utah

With the weather getting warmer and the snow beginning to disappear from the mountains, my wife and I like to take our kids out to hike at some beautiful locations around Utah.

Here are a few of our family’s favorite kid-friendly Utah hikes:

Bell Canyon Reservoir: Located right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, just under 3 miles to the small reservoir. It is a bit of a climb with gradual steep trail but well worth it.

Silver Lake Loop Trail: Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, just under 0.9 miles, a very easy route and perfect for kids. Great views and easy trail.

Adams Canyon:  Located near Layton, this one may be better for older kids, as the steep hill and switchbacks can be challenging. The trail itself is easy but getting to the waterfall can be the challenging portion, but well worth the effort.

Cecret Lake: Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, 1.8  mile hike that’s fairly easy and can be completed in an hour. Beautiful lake view with a mountain backdrop!

Cascade Springs: Located near Midway, fairly easy and quick to complete. We like to spend our time walking around to see all the beautiful trees especially in the fall after the leaves change.

Ensign Peak: Located at the north end of the Salt Lake Valley, above the State Capitol building. It leads to an amazing view of Salt Lake City and takes less than an hour to reach. We like to take food for a picnic and watch the sunset.

Living Room Lookout Trail: A 2.4-mile trail near Salt Lake City, Utah. The trail starts out near Red Butte Gardens. Generally it takes an hour and a half to complete, we did this hike most recently with our kids and they loved it. It’s another great view of the valley and the kids loved seeing the rocks at the top that look like couches and chairs.


Hiking is a fun way to get the kids out of the house and exploring some of the beautiful nature we have here in Utah. I highly recommend adding a few of these spots to your summer bucket list!

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