Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lost Prospector

This Park City backyard trail is an autumn classic. Traversing right above town, the trail is popular with beginner mountain bikers, and it makes a nice outing for hikers of all types. Mike Matson shares the scoop on where to go, what you’ll see, and more.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls is a double falls, dropping over two limestone shelves before reaching the canyon floor. While the trail starts steep, it levels off to a nearly flat grade, making it a great hike for families with small children. Read on to find directions to the trailhead, the best time of year to go, and more.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Bald Mountain

Looking for an alpine experience that’s truly above tree line? The exposed, windswept, rock ridge of Bald Mountain will not disappoint. Utah expert Mike Matson guides you along this three-mile hike that’s suitable for families (and Fido).

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Red Pine Lake to the Pfeifferhorn

Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains doesn’t get much better than this! With this nine-mile, butt-kicker level trail, you’ll hike and scramble onto one of the Wasatch Range’s most impressive summits. Learn about where to go, what you’ll see along the way, and more.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Brighton Lakes Trail

At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, tucked into the steep rocky terrain and hidden from view from the road, sits a chain of sparkling alpine lakes. This moderate, three-hour hike offers hikers progressively more impressive rewards as they explore farther up the trail. Mike Matson discusses what you’ll see on the trek, how to modify your route, and more.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lake Blanche

The glaciers have done beautiful work, making the Lake Blanche Trail one of the most popular trails in the Big Cottonwood Canyon, and in the Wasatch Mountains in general. If a glacial cirque filled with three picturesque alpine lakes sounds like something you’d like to see, Mike Matson tells you all you need to know about the three-hour hike to get there.

Salt Lake City Day Hike Inspiration

Get introduced to day hiking around Salt Lake City in this gorgeous video shot by Mike Matson, the author of Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City: 75 Hikes within Two Hours of the City. We’ll be featuring five of his recommended day hikes, so keep an eye out!

Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City

When it comes to easy access to the “Great Outdoors,” there are few major metropolitan areas in the United States that compare with Salt Lake City. In Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City, avid outdoorsman Mike Matson shows you the best hikes in and around the Great Salt Lake—all within two hours of the […]

Moon Utah Camping

Outdoor photographer Mike Matson uses his experience as a Salt Lake City local to capture the adventures of camping in Utah, from remote and primitive sites where dinosaur bones lay half unearthed to the “promised land” of Zion National Park. Matson is a relentless tour guide, covering every known campsite in Utah with itineraries such […]