Sweet seems to be the most fitting descriptor for the Wild Rose Trail. From its name to the scent of its multitude of wildflowers to the easygoing nature of the path itself, this North Salt Lake trail encourages meandering.
The basic loop curls 1.75 miles around the hillside, taking hikers through cool, enchanted stretches under gambel oak and up onto warm ridges with vast views of the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains and up to Ogden. Right now, the hills are popping with yellow balsamroot, red indian paintbrushes and purple phlox.
At the lookout, kids especially will enjoy watching planes below them glide past Antelope Island as they prepare to land at the Salt Lake City International Airport. While the trail, which has no steep climbs, is great for children (the playground at the end is a great incentive), it is also open to on-leash dogs and bikes. Mountain bikers have their own designated downhill trails within the loop and maps are available at regular intervals.
And anyone who desires a little more sour with the sweet can easily add on mileage and incline. One option is to take the farthest east arm of the loop and connect with the Woodbriar and Eagle Crest loop to make a 3.7-mile route with almost 600 additional feet of elevation gain.
A few shortcuts also exist for anyone wanting less mileage.
The Hike: From the Wild Rose Trailhead Park, follow the narrow, paved path up past the picnic tables and through the bicycle gates, where it turns to dirt. After a total of 500 feet, the path splits. Go left and then take an immediate right and head uphill. A quarter mile into the hike, the path splits again. Veer slightly right to continue on the loop. In .17 miles, you’ll reach a T with a bench off to the right. Go left instead and begin to catch glimpses of the Great Salt Lake. Hike .15 miles until you see back-to-back trails going to the left and down. Take the second one. Soon after, at the V, you’ll keep right. In .2 miles, veer left and head to the ridgeline. The overlook is a .1-mile round-trip detour. Once you’ve feasted your eyes, return to the trail that goes down and to the right. Follow that path down the hill for about three-quarters of a mile. After you’ve hiked a total of 1.5 miles, you’ll hit the main junction that, when you turn right, will take you back to the park.
Getting There: From I-15, exit 312 for Beck Street. Follow it to Eagle Ridge Drive and turn right. Go straight through the traffic circle, then turn right onto Eaglepointe Drive. In a third of a mile, turn left onto Sky Crest Lane.
Region: Davis County
Destination: Wild Rose Loop Trail
Distance: 1.75 miles
Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 304 feet
Dog Allowed: Yes