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How to find a spring hiking trail in Utah

Published May 11, 2013 3:58 pm

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It's not always easy to find a spring hike in the Salt Lake Valley, when plenty of the best stuff is still snowy and the weather isn't exactly cooperative.

But as soon as the first hints of spring arrive, I want to be outside enjoying the weather — more than ever after a long winter.

So what's a spring hiker to do?

One option is Tooele County, which has a great new website — tooelecountytrails.com.

I hiked a beautiful trail called Oquirrh Wave, which nary a snow sighting even in March.

And spring is a perfect time to check out the desert hikes that will be boiling hot come summer.

I've also had some good luck in Davis County. The Davis Creek trail in Farmington varies from woods to meadow to alpine, not to mention a waterfall. It even has a bench for viewing it (score!).

And this week, I headed up to Centerville after work for a sunset hike on the Parrish Canyon trail. It was just a little cold (darn you, Utah false spring) but offered some great views on an easy-to-follow section of the Bonnevile Shoreline trail.

And all those trails are within easy driving distance of SLC.

What do you guys think? Any great ideas for hikes that are perfect for spring?

— Lindsay Whitehurst

Twitter: @UtahHikes