Salt Lake City: Slate Canyon Loop

This hike, a best-kept secret among locals, climbs 3,000 gritty feet to spring-fed conifers, aspens, and meadows in the Wasatch Range outside Provo.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.5



Location: 40.2446594238281, -111.627296447754

Pass gate and switchback E toward the concrete Brigham Young University “Y” on the mountain


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Follow spur trail N to base of the Y. Bear R @ 3-way


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Walk a few yards N of trail to look down on the Y. Bear R onto lesser-traveled Slate Canyon Trail


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The Altar. Outcrop overlooks Utah Lake and beyond to the Oquirrh Mtns.; trail enters Slide Canyon


Location: 40.2458915710449, -111.606002807617

Perfect, flat campsites in pristine mountain meadow. Trail wanders past aspens and chest-high underbrush


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Near treeline, turn R onto Slate Canyon Trail; year-round spring 100 ft. E under dogwoods


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Exit aspen grove where trail hits 8,130 ft. then quickly descends S into Slate Canyon through verdant meadows


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Enjoy shade under cottonwoods before taxing canyon descent


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Exit canyon; go R @ 3-way onto Bonneville Lakeshore Trail N toward Y parking area


Location: 40.2350921630859, -111.626853942871

Skirt ridgeline above aqua-tinted Provo Lake; in .6 mi., R @ 3-way for short, steep climb to parking area

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