Are you ready to get outside and enjoy the snow? Because I am! I've mentioned in a previous post (click here) how much I love winter hiking. There are loads of trails around the Salt Lake Valley and the canyons beyond for exploring during the winter. One of my favorite local and lesser-known spots for a quick hike and some fresh mountain air is Neff's Canyon.
Almost as soon as you park your car, you have instant mountain views. Neff's Canyon is great because you can let your kids explore the trails as long as you want, and then loop back to the parking lot when you get tired. It's seriously so kid-friendly. If you're hiking with more experienced folks, the trail stretches up the mountain for 6.2 miles.
If you bring skis or sleds with you, you can ski or sled back down the trail. Oh, and did I mention what a dog-friendly trail this is? You will be sure to see some canine friends any time you venture out on this trail.
Here's some more info on the trail from Alltrails.com: "Neffs Canyon Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult (probably because of lenghth) The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail."
If you haven't tried hiking in the winter yet, this trail is a safe bet, especially for younger kids. Put winter hiking on your 2019 bucket list! Try something new!
No Amenities. Be sure you use the bathroom somewhere else before arriving at the trail!
Directions from Salt Lake City: Head east toward Mill Creek Canyon on 3800 South Wasatch Blvd. At the first stop sign (Parkview Dr., 3700 East) turn right and go 1.1 miles to Parkview Terrace (4175 East 4245 South). Turn left and continue to White Way (4275 South 4260 East), turn right heading generally eastward and uphill to the end of the road. The trailhead is marked and the trail begins as a rocky jeep road. The drive takes you through a residential area. Please be courteous of others and their property.