Directions • From Highway 89 in Kaysville turn east on 200 North then turn left on Mountain Road the take a right onto 650 North and follow the road as it goes east for about a quarter-mile until you see a big dirt parking lot and a large wooden sign called the East Mountain Wilderness Park. This is also a trailhead for the Bonneville Shoreline trail and the Great Western Trail.
Keep this hike in mind for a great April Fools’ Day gag. It begins as a very deceivingly, easy wide path on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail with a nice view of Kaysville and Davis County, but promptly turns into a hike straight up a mountain, if you veer off the shoreline trail to a biking trail. Keep an ear out, as there is a rifle range nearby.
Destination Holmes Creek
Hiking time 2 hours
Round trip miles 2.7 miles
Elevation gain 1,339 feet
Trail head restrooms No
Dogs allowed Yes
Bikes allowed Yes
Horses allowed Yes
It is a perfect fall hike to see the colors of short shrubbery changing colors and cacti and desert sage bordering the trails, and a chance to smell the crisp fall air.
As you go off the beaten path the trail that was once accommodating to jogging strollers, families, narrows to something only a hiker, biker, or horse could access and shoots straight up the mountain ridge with a steep incline that goes up more than 1,000 feet over the next mile that has you testing your endurance.
The gorgeous overlook of the Davis County expands to Weber and Salt Lake County the higher you get. There is no match for the view and a great cardio workout. After hitting a heavily shaded area with scrub oak trees I finished which is why I called it 1339, because of how many feet in elevation I went. Make the hike your own!
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