You have all heard of Y Mountain or the Murdock Canal Trail or the trail to Timpanogos Cave. But usually those are quite crowded because they are more well known. There are lots of trails around Utah County ranging from easy family hikes to more difficult trails for the outdoors enthusiast that are less known. This spring and summer, instead of heading to one of the more popular trails, try these lesser known but equally amazing hikes!

Instead of the Utah Lake Parkway, try... the Payson Lake Trail

 Payson Lakes
Utah Lake is definitely a highlight in Utah County (and its namesake). But if you love Utah Lake, then you will fall in love with Payson Lake. Just 30 minutes south of Utah Lake, the one mile trail winds around this beautiful mountain lake. Take a moment to take a dip in the cool waters or catch a fish. Bring the family and a picnic and make the most of your hike!

Instead of the Stewart Falls, try... Scout Falls

Scout Falls 

Stewart Falls is a beautiful place to hike to any time of year, but few people know that there is another gorgeous waterfall not too far away. On the Timpooneeke trail, there is the scenic Scout Falls. This 2.4 mile hike takes you through forests and meadows before you arrive at the falls. It is a great date hike!


Instead of the Rock Canyon, try... Days Canyon Trail

Days Canyon 

In Maple Canyon, there is a fun hike great for family and friends. The Days Canyon Trailhead is just up the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon by the Cherry campground. This trail is 3.3 miles long, but it can be 2 to 6 miles long depending on how you combine it with other trails. The trail follows a stream and ends in a beautiful meadow.


Instead of the Provo River Parkway, try... the Spanish Fork River Trail


An alternative to the Provo River Trail is the Spanish Fork River Trail. This 4.4 mile trail is less than a year old. It is great for running, strolling, or biking.


Instead of the Battle Creek Falls, try... the Grotto

The Grotto 

Everyone loves waterfalls and a short walk to one is always a bonus. The Grotto Trail, located on the Nebo Loop, is only a .3 mile hike to a beautiful waterfall. This place screams romantic, but it is also a fun place to take a swim, albeit a cold one.


Instead of the Mount Timpanogos, try... Lake Hardy

Lake Hardy 

The hike to the Timpanogos Summit is a long and difficult trail with amazing rewards at the end. Same goes for the Lake Hardy trail. This 11-mile round trip trail takes you to a stunning lake high in the Lone Peak Wilderness. It is difficult but the isolated beauty at the end is well worth it.

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