Pine Creek nature trail at Wasatch Mountain State Park is a classic for families with young children

(Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune) Maples put on an autumn show on the Pine Creek Nature Trail.

This is an easy nature trail through Wasatch Mountain State Park campground, ending at a fun boulder field. It would be a good hike for families with young children and is especially beautiful in the fall.

Getting there • The trailhead is in Pine Creek Campground at Wasatch Mountain State Park, about one mile up Pine Canyon Drive from Burgi Lane in Midway. Turn into the campground, pay the $7 use fee and turn at the second drive to your right into the big parking lot.

Directions • From the trailhead, walk west into the woods and bend north when you enter the meadow. After 0.1 mile, you will reach an intersection with a road; cross it and continue north. Keep going north for about a half mile, bypassing spurs and footpaths to campsites and utilities. At 0.55 mile, you will reach a Y; bend left, taking a footpath northwest. At 0.8 mile you will see a junction with a bridge on your right. Don’t cross it; just keep going north, on the trail. Shortly after that, you will come to nature signs; keep going north-northwest along the drainage. At 1.1 miles you will reach the boulder field. Play with care and check out the pretty green lichen on the stone.

(Erin Alberty|The Salt Lake Tribune) Multi-colored lichen and multi-colored trees light up the boulder field at the end of the Pine Creek Nature Trail.

Hiking time • 1.5 hrs<br>Round trip miles • 2.4 miles<br>Elevation gain • 650 feet<br>Difficulty • Easy<br>Trail head restrooms • Yes<br>Fees • $7<br>Dogs allowed • Yes, leashed<br>Bikes allowed • Yes