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Salt Lake City Foothills Trail System

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Salt Lake City Foothills Natural Area & Trail System

Central Foothills Trail Map

Salt Lake City Foothill Natural Area

The Salt Lake City Foothills Natural Area consists of approximately 6,000 acres of canyons and foothills bordering the northern and eastern limits of Salt Lake City. The Foothills consist of open sagebrush grasslands and scrub-oak woodlands and are bordered by Davis County to the north, established neighborhoods to the west and south, and protected Salt Lake City watershed lands to the east. The Foothills are bisected by City Creek Canyon, Red Butte Canyon, Emigration Canyon and bordered on the south by Parley’s Canyon. Many smaller canyons and gullies also exist in the Foothills, including Dry Creek, Perry’s Hollow, and others.

Foothills Vision & Goals

PROJECT VISION: The Foothills Natural Area will provide a variety of recreational trail experiences for diverse ages and abilities while managing the Foothills’ environmental resources for future generations.

The Foothills Plan outlines five primary goals:

  • Environmentally Sustainable: Trails avoid sensitive habitat, minimize erosion, and make efficient use of available natural lands while protecting the wild and scenic nature of the Foothills landscape. 
  • Enjoyable: Trails cater to a diversity of recreation types and users, and a variety of desired experiences. 
  • Accessible: Trails are accessible to a broad audience of beginner to immediate trail users, including families, seniors, and people with disabilities. 
  • Safe: Trail user conflicts are mitigated and minimized through trail design and use regulations.
  • Low-Maintenance: Trails durian water naturally, follow contours instead of fall-lines, and encourage users to remain on-trail, minimizing maintenance efforts.

The Trails & Trailheads

All of the construction of trails for Phase I between June 2020 – May 2021 occurred in the Central Foothills between City Creek and Dry Creek Canyons. As of May 2021, completion of the Twin Peaks Trail and Dry Creek Alternate Trail has been paused to further investigate cultural and environmental elements of the natural landscape and ensure the goals of trail implementation can be met. While user-created trails exist throughout the North Foothills (Davis County to City Creek), South Foothills (Dry Creek to Emigration Canyon), and East Bench (Emigration to Parley’s Canyons), the trails and trailheads listed here include those developed in Phase I of trail construction and existing trails integrated into the trail system. 

Trailhead infrastructure improvements – additional parking, kiosks, restrooms, shade structures, tables, and benches, as well as increased urban forestry and green landscaping – are also included in the Foothills Plan. Priority enhancements are scheduled for Bonneville Boulevard, Popperton Park, Emigration Canyon, 18th Avenue, & Victory Road. Other access points to trails in adjacent neighborhoods will remain open for local resident use. 

Suggested Hiking & Biking Routes

Our communications team members are creating and updating maps and signage for our website and trails as quickly as possible. Please check back soon if your desired map or route has not been posted yet.

Bonneville Blvd Trailhead

Hiking RoutesDistance
(miles)
Elevation Gain (feet)Route TypeMap jpgAllTrailsTrailforks
Lower City Creek Loop1.87277Hiking onlyLinkLinkLink
BST East City Creek to Meadow Trail (Out & Back)2.84LinkLinkLink
BST East City Creek to City Creek Saddle6.91,140Shared use and hiking onlyLink
BST West City Creek to Ensign PeakLinkLink
Biking RoutesDistance (miles)Elevation Gain (feet)Route TypeMap jpgAllTrailsTrailforks
19th Ave-Lower (via BST Ascent)2.07394Shared use ascent; Bike only descentLinkLinkLink
19th Ave-Upper/Middle (via BST Ascent)7.771,120Shared use ascent; Bike only descentLinkLink

18th Avenue Trailhead

Hiking RoutesDistance
(miles)
Elevation Gain (feet)Route TypeMap jpgAllTrailsTrailforks
Meadow Trail Loop1.1150Shared useLinkLink
Avenues Ridge Cutoff Loop (via BST Return)3.31450Hiking only on Avenues Ridge; Shared use on BSTLinkLink
Avenues Ridge Summit Loop (via BST Return)4.61580Hiking only on Avenues Ridge; Shared use on BSTLinkLink
Avenues Ridge to Twin Peaks (via BST Return)6.611,090Hiking only on Avenues Ridge; Shared use on BSTLink
Terrace Hills Loop1.35245Shared useLink
Biking RoutesDistance (miles)Elevation Gain (feet)Route TypeMap jpgAllTrailsTrailforks
19th Ave-Middle (via BST Ascent)2.89390Shared use ascent; Bike only descentLinkLink
19th Ave-Upper/Middle (via BST Ascent)4.9605Shared use ascent; Bike only descentLinkLinkLink
19th Ave-Upper/Middle/Lower (via BST Ascent)7.771,120Shared use ascent; Bike only descentLinkLink

Popperton Trailhead

Hiking RoutesDistance (miles)Elevation Gain (feet)Route TypeMap jpgAllTrailsTrailforks
West Popperton Hiking Loop0.9122Hiking onlyLinkLinkLink
East Popperton Bike Trails1.05148Biking onlyLinkLinkLink
South Pop Bike Loop0.3226Biking onlyLinkLink
South Popperton Walking Path0.2399Hiking onlyLinkLink

Questions or comments? Contact Project Manager Tyler Fonarow at tyler.fonarow@slcgov.com or (801) 535-7845.

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