We found a wonderful new family-friendly hike in Hobble Creek Canyon. The Wardsworth Trail is shady, flat, easy, and walks along the creek through the canyon. We highly recommend this trail in the Fall. The Fall colors are beautiful!
- Distance: 6.3 miles RT (we only did 3.0 miles RT)
- Rating: Easy
- Elevation Gain: 700 feet
- Dog-friendly: Yes
- Tips: This trail is also used for mountain biking and horseback riding. There is limited parking, so go early and avoid weekends.
Wardsworth Trail begins at a small parking lot in Hobble Creek Canyon. There is a sign and a gate where the trail begins. The hike follows the creek right from the start.
This hike is really easy, although it does slowly climb as you follow the narrow stream. We didn’t notice the climb except for two small hills. The walk is so pleasant through the shady trees and next to the mountains.
One of the reasons we enjoyed this trail is because of the creek. It’s so peaceful bubbling next to you as you hike. There are a few crossings that are fun, too. As you follow the trail, there are also plenty of opportunities to get close to the water and play or throw rocks.
Wardworth Trail is quite dusty from being well-traveled by horses, dogs, and people, but we didn’t find the trail to be very crowded. In fact, we mostly had the trial to ourselves on Labor Day when we hiked, and passed only a few bikes and a several other families.
The trail goes on for about 6.0 miles, but you can walk along and turn around when you are ready. We turned around at the Dry Creek Canyon sign which is 1.5 miles in, so we hiked 3.0 miles. Next time we go, we hope to make it a little further.
The leaves were just beginning to change on the mountainside, and this trail is gorgeous in the Fall. We really loved the Wardsworth trail, especially since it’s so family-friendly. For some other ideas on great Fall hikes, visit our Favorite Fall Hikes post.
Take 1-15 to exit 260 in Springville. Head east toward the mountains on 400 S. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Canyon Dr. Follow Canyon Drive for about 5.0 miles. Once you pass the golf course, take the next right onto the Right Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon. 7.3 miles from this junction, the Wadsworth Trail will be on the left hand side of the road where the road changes from pavement to gravel.