25 Easy Spring Hikes in Utah

Spring is one of our favorite times to get out and hike in Utah because we are eager for adventure after the long winter. Unfortunately, the weather in Spring can be unpredictable, and so can the trails. There can still be mud or even snow along many trails, especially high in the mountains. This post links to our reviews of kid friendly hikes that are usually clear in Spring because they are close to the city at lower elevations. We cannot guarantee perfect trail conditions, but we can guarantee that even with mud and snow, your family will have fun hiking together. This list of Easy Spring Hikes in Utah is a great way to enjoy some sunshine as the weather warms up.

BirdSong Trail

Birdsong Trail

The Birdsong Trail is 1.5 roundtrip hike near the mouth of Ogden Canyon. We love this walk, especially the beginning with the large green trees and the birds singing. There is also a little pond, and some great views of the valley.

Lagoon Trail

Lagoon Trail

Did you know there was a trail that walked behind Lagoon? Best of all, it is stroller friendly. The Lagoon trail is flat, easy, and wheel friendly. You can even see the Lagoon animals.

Wild Rose Trail

Wild Rose Trail

We have not hiked the Wild Rose Trail in the Spring, but it lies on the bench just above North Salt Lake. It was great in early summer with the wildflowers, but I think this will be a great one to add to the Spring hikes list because it has gorgeous views and will be clear of snow early on.

Adams Canyon Lower Falls

Lots of people hike the long trek to Adams Canyon waterfall, but not many people know about the Lower Falls that is very family friendly. You do have to climb up some switchbacks, but the entire hike is less than 1.5 RT, and the waterfall is definitely worth it!

Ensign Peak

The views are amazing! You can see everything.

Ensign Peak is a classic hike in SLC with great views and pioneer history. We like to do this one in Spring because there isn’t much shade. It is amazing to look out over the Salt Lake Valley like the pioneers did. This trail is 1.0 mile roundtrip.

Living Room

This is the only moderate hike that we are adding to the list, but we think this trail is best in Spring or Fall when it’s cooler. It’s also best in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t so fierce. We love the Living Room hike because even though it is a steady climb to the top, the reward is worth it. Our boys absolutely love the rock furniture at the Living Room. This trail is 2.7 miles RT.

Bell Canyon Reservoir

Bell Canyon Reservoir

Bell Canyon begins at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and climbs from the street lights up into the beautiful mountains. The little reservoir is so peaceful and makes a fun place to skip rocks or enjoy a picnic lunch. This trail does a slight climb at the beginning, but nothing too tricky, and the entire hike is only 1.5 miles RT. Make sure to use the new trailhead, it has lots more parking and cuts a little of the beginning climb.

Rocky Mouth Falls

Rocky Mouth Falls

Rocky Mouth Falls is also in Sandy just down the road from Bell Canyon Reservoir. This trail starts in a neighborhood, and it’s hard to believe that this fun little waterfall is right behind the houses. There are some small caves to explore and a fun creek, and depending on the year this waterfall can be raging or can be a trickle. Rocky Mouth Falls is best in the Spring runoff season and is only 0.8 mile RT.

Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

We hiked Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge this Spring and loved it. The trail has a little bit of a climb at the beginning, but not bad. And walking across this bridge is so neat! The hike is about 2.3 miles RT in Draper.

Jungle Trail

Jungle Trail

The Jungle Trail is an easy trail in Draper’s Corner Canyon. The trail is so fun for kids with places to swing and climb. It is designed for young kids to explore. There is a wide easy trail until you get to the actual Jungle Trail, and the entire hike is only 1.0 miles, and very easy.

Dark Trail

This trail is out in Tooele. The trail is named because of all of the foliage it feels dark. When we hiked Dark Trail in early Spring, it was still a little barren, but we loved the peacefulness of this trail and the birds we heard along the way. This trail can be as long as you’d like, but we hiked about 3.0 miles RT.

Knight Rider Trail

The Knight Rider Trail is a new find for our family in Highland. It is right in the heart of the city, but this easy trail is a lot of fun. It walks along a stream and through some woods. We even saw an owl. This trail is part of a bike park, but bikes and hikers are welcome. 1.0 mile roundtrip.

Battle Creek Falls

Battle Creek Falls

Battle Creek Falls is located in Pleasant Grove. We did run into some snow when we hiked this trail in March, but not enough that we couldn’t complete the hike. This trail is a fun one for families with little caves and bridges, and a great waterfall at the end. This trail runs 1.5 miles.

Bridal Veil Falls

This is a winter picture of Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridal Veil Falls is a stroller friendly trail, and a great short walk for beginning hikers. This waterfall is visible from the road, but it’s more fun to walk over and get an up close look . You can also check out the fish that live in the little pool at the bottom of the falls, too. The walk to Bridal Veil Falls is only 1/3 of a mile. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, we love Upper Falls which is a short, but steep climb to an amazing waterfall. It’s right by Bridal Veil Falls.

Dripping Rock Trail

Dripping Rock Trail

One of our all time favorite hikes is Dripping Rock Trail near the Spanish Fork golf course. This trail is also stroller friendly, and it leads to this unique waterfall. Water seeps out of the ground and drips into the creek. We think it is so cool! And it’s a great hike all year long! This paved trail is 1.0 mile RT.

Gordon Creek Falls

This trail is out in the open, so Spring is a wise time to hike to this waterfall before it gets too hot. The falls here are gorgeous as they cascade down the rocks. Gordon Creek Falls is just outside of Price and is 2.5 miles RT. We liked that we could hike right to the top of the waterfall.

Moonshine Arch

This is our favorite hike in the Vernal area, and it is perfect in the Spring time. The trail does walk through some sand, but it is fairly flat and the arch is spectacular. If you are in the area, don’t skip it!

SOUTHERN UTAH

We live in Northern Utah, and so we spend more time hiking in that area. But our favorite place to vacation is Southern Utah with all of the red rocks and the amazing National Parks. Here are some great easy Spring hikes as you travel through Southern Utah. All of these hikes are free and on main roads.

Wilson Arch

Wilson Arch from the road

Wilson Arch is easy to drive by and wave hi to as you pass Moab and head toward Blanding, but we love to get out of the car and climb up into the arch. It’s a short walk, but it breaks up any long drives, and it give you a unique perspective up inside Wilson Arch. The climb is up, but is very short.

Enepitsi “Ghost” Trail

Mossy Cave Waterfall

Enepitsi Trail became a quick favorite when we hiked it in January, and I know it will be beautiful in the Spring and Fall. This trail has petroglyphs and a walk along the creek, so it’s a great one for families. Located in Santa Clara near St. George.

Aspiration Trail

This trail begins right behind a storage facility, but you are quickly surrounded by inspirational rocks. The Aspiration Trail in St. George is a loop and you can admire all of the rocks that have fun things, kind messages, and more painted on them. We especially like that you can go as long or short as you’d like.

Red Reef Waterfall

The Red Reef Waterfall is the one trail on this list that requires a fee (National Parks passes work to cover the fee), but you will be glad to pay. This trail is short and easy and leads to a beautiful little waterfall. The waterfall is often dry, but Spring is the best time to catch it flowing. The red rocks make this hike fun even if the waterfall isn’t happening. This hike can get busy, so go early or later in the day to avoid the crowds.

Cedar Canyon Walking Trail

Cedar Canyon Waterfall

Cedar City is higher in elevation, but this walking trail is right in the city, so it’s a great Spring hike to stretch your legs. The trail is paved and walks along the creek. This manmade waterfall is a fun turn around point on the Cedar Canyon Walking Trail. This trail is 2.6 miles and flat.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon

Red Hollow Slot Canyon is short, but beautiful.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon is a great beginner slot canyon because it is so short and easy to access. This canyon is located in Orderville outside of Zion National Park’s eastern entrance. The trail is only 1.0 mile RT, but the slot section is beautiful.

The Toadstools

This trail is flat and leads to unique rock features. We really like the white rock with the red rock. It is a beautiful sight. There is no shade along this route, so hiking in the spring is perfect before it is too hot.

Willis Creek

Willis Creek Slot Canyon

If anyone is heading to Escalante, our first recommendation is Willis Creek Slot Canyon. This canyon is beautiful, and the trail is super easy. It is flat the entire way, and you walk right through the creek, or alongside it if you want to keep your feet dry. We had a great time in this slot canyon. We hiked 3.0 miles total, but you could turn around sooner if you wanted.

If you have hiked all of these easy Spring hikes in Utah, then check out our Easy Waterfall Hikes. There are a few waterfalls that are also great trails for spring time, but most are better in summer. Or use our list of Urban Hikes in Utah. These trails are usually walkable most of the year because they are paved and flat.

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  1. Tracee

    Just a heads up, we tried to hike Battlecreek Falls on April 24 2020. The trail is closed for some kind of maintenance. We hiked about 1/4 of the way up and there was a truck with people in it, telling us we couldn’t go any further!

    1. Natalie Ockey

      Thanks for the info. People in my neighborhood hiked this last week, so it must be a new closure. I’ll see if I can find out how long it will be closed.

    2. Natalie Ockey

      It says the it is closed during the week for construction. So weekends it will be open, but closed through May 11 during the week.

  2. Christina Tervort

    Hi, Thanks for the great list. One question, do you know if dogs are allowed on any or all of these hikes? On a leash of course 😉

    1. Natalie Ockey

      Most of them are!! The following are dog-friendly: Adams Canyon, Bridal Veil Falls, Living Room, Ensign Peak, Battlecreek Falls, Dripping Rock Trail, Willis Creek, Red Hollow, Lagoon Trail, Birdsong Trail, and Wilson Arch.