June 16, 2020

Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city with your furry friend? Here is a list of dog-friendly hikes that offer incredible views of the Salt Lake valley.

Neff's Canyon

Neff's Canyon is a 6.2 mile out-and-back trail that starts at the parking lot for White Park. You and Fido will enjoy this trail through wildflowers that climbs to a meadow about 3 miles into the hike. However, if you are just looking for a quick getaway, you can choose to hike just half a mile up to the river. Your pup will love wading in the cool mountain water on a hot summer day.

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Level: Moderate-Difficult (depending on distance)

Leash?: No

Memory Grove Trail

There is something for everyone at Memory Grove Park. Dogs are allowed on leash around the pond area of the park. There are water fountains and well-maintained restrooms as well. Once you reach the gravel trails of Memory Grove, you can unleash your pup. This 2.1 mile out and back trail has a gradual incline, shade and a fun creek to play in.

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Level: Easy

Leash?: Dogs are allowed off leash after leaving the park boundaries

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Bonneville Shoreline offers a wide variety of activities like hiking, mountain biking, trail running and more. You can take this trail as far as you'd like up to the 9.1 mile endpoint. Bonneville Shoreline boasts a short distance to get a breathtaking view of the city.

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Level: Easy

Leash?: No

Heugh's Canyon

At only 2 miles round trip, this hike is a great option if you have a city dog that is not used to walking long distances. This heavily forested trail provides adequate shade for a comfortable walk in the summer heat. Also, the stream that runs along this trail is sure to keep your pup cool! A rewarding waterfall view marks the turnaround point of this beautiful hike.

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Level: Easy

Leash?: Dogs are allowed off leash once they reach the gravel trail head. There is a 0.4 mile walk through a neighborhood before reaching the trail head. Please be sure to leash your pup on this part of the walk and (as always) bring poop bags to clean up after your furry friend!

Millcreek Canyon

Millcreek Canyon is home to several dog friendly hikes such as Dog Lake, Desolation Trail, Mt. Olympus, and more. Dogs are allowed off leash on odd numbered days but must remain on leash on even numbered days. There is a $3 use fee to access these trails and is payable as you are exiting the canyon.

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Level: Easy-Difficult (depending on the trail)

Leash?: On even numbered days

What's Next?

After a fun hike with your pup, it's time for some local grub or delicious dessert!

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Seven Slopes

Seven Slopes in a local's guide to what to do in Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains.  The articles on this site were written by students from the University of Utah as part of a digital marketing curriculum.
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