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8 of the Best Hikes in the Utah County Region

March 15, 2023

Utah County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with a plethora of hiking options that cater to all skill levels and offer breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you’re considering a move to the area or planning a visit, the region’s stunning scenery and varied hikes make it an ideal destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. From leisurely strolls to challenging treks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the best hikes in Utah County that showcase the region’s natural splendor and will undoubtedly add to your list of reasons to live in or visit this picturesque area.

People Hiking With Sunsetting

Grotto Falls

Located in the Nebo Loop, the Grotto Falls hike is a short 0.6-mile round trip perfect for anybody of any skill. The hike’s highlight is the beautiful waterfall cascading down a rocky grotto, creating a one-of-a-kind, awe-inspiring scene. The trailhead is easily accessible from Highway 132 and the trail is well-maintained.

Timpanogos Peak

The Timpanogos Peak hike is a 14.5-mile round trip that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The best part of the hike is when you reach the summit, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Yes, the walk is rated as difficult due to the elevation gain, but the views are worth the effort.

The Y Mountain Trail

As a moderate 4.5-mile round trip, the Y Mountain Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails amongst locals and visitors. The highlight of this fantastic trail is the giant “Y” overlooking Utah Valley. The trailhead is easily accessible from the Brigham Young University campus (Go Cougs).

Lake Hardy

This one is for those looking for a big and beautiful body of water to look at while they walk. The Lake Hardy hike is a moderate 3.7-mile round trip that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and the namesake itself, which is a popular spot for hikers to take a break and soak in the scenery. If you’re a big fan of botany, you’ll find a great mix of Utah wildflowers.

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Kyhv Peak Trail

The Kyhv Peak Trail will provide a 7.3-mile round trip featuring panoramic views of Utah Valley and Mount Timpanogos. As you walk the trail, you’ll be able to catch some stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Rock climbers are also very familiar with this area because many like to climb the famous rock climbing wall called the “Kitchen.”

Battle Creek Falls

The Battle Creek Falls hike is a short 1.4-mile round trip rated as easy and an excellent option for families with children. The big payoff is the stunning waterfall that cascades down the mountain, creating a picturesque scene. The course is well-maintained and busy, so you must ensure you go during non-peak hours.

Stewart Falls

If you’re looking for a shorter hike with beautiful views, then Stewart Falls is for you. The trail is a 3.6-mile round trip, giving hikers a glimpse of the stunning waterfall cascading down the mountain. Get your camera ready because you’ll want photos of this fantastic area!

Cascade Springs Trail

The Cascade Springs Trail is an easy 0.8-mile round trip that is an excellent option for families with children. The hike highlights the natural springs that flow through the area, creating a peaceful and serene environment. The trail is also home to fantastic wildlife, including the Cutthroat Trout.

The Utah County region offers various hikes catering to different skill levels and preferences. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a beginner, there is always a hike for you. So grab your hiking boots, pack some water and snacks, and hit the trails to explore the natural beauty of Utah County. If you are moving to this area and looking for a great new home near any of these incredible trails, let us help! As the premier home builder in Utah, McArthur Homes has built quality new homes in Utah since 1993. Family-owned and operated, McArthur Homes specializes in providing new affordable homes and townhomes to Utah families in beautiful, master-planned neighborhoods.

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This post was written by Paige Giles

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