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Hiking is a great way to discover the Wasatch-Cache National Forest – for visit of almost any age and ability level. With more than 1,700 miles of trails, the Forest has one to fit just about everybody. Some trails are easy and fun for families with small children; some paths make great half-day hikes. Other trails can lead to a backpacking adventure for a night or much longer. Wilderness trails are the most primitive and best suited for experienced hikers who enjoy strenuous activities.

BackpackingPlease remember that many of these trails are multiple-use. Non-motorized trails are limited to hikers and horses, with some trails open to mountain bikes. A few trails are open to both motorized and non-motorized users. Wilderness trails are closed to all types of motor vehicles and mechanical transport, including bicycles, wagons and carts. Guided hikes may also be available at some locations. Practicing trail etiquette will ensure that everyone on the trail has an enjoyable experience.

Most trails have some type of regulation, fee or seasonal restriction, so it's wise to find out more about the specific trail you wish to explore before showing up at the trailhead. Parking and comfort stations exist at most trailhead locations. Stop by the District Visitor Center for maps and specific information before heading out or click on one of the District’s below for more information.

Hiking Safety Tips

  • Don't hike alone. Let others know your travel plans.
  • Plan your trip.
  • Carry plenty of food and water.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Watch your footing if traveling near cliffs and watch for slippery areas.
  • Carry a small first aid kit, flashlight, compass, and matches.
  • Be prepared for and aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. 
  • Avoid bare ridge tops, exposed places, lone trees, streams, and rocks during lightning storms.
  • Cell phone coverage will vary.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities