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Hiking Neffs Canyon - Salt Lake City Hiking Neffs Canyon
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Overview

RATING: Moderate Hike
MAPS: Sugarhouse, UT; Mount Aire, UT;

Tue

36 | 31

Wed

39 | 28

Thu

32 | 30

Fri

20 | 16

Sat

24 | 9

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SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: A couple of springs for dogs, but bring plenty.

Tue

36 | 31

Wed

39 | 28

Thu

32 | 30

Fri

20 | 16

Sat

24 | 9

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Cliffs around the meadow.

Cliffs around the meadow.

Neff’s Canyon is a good place for an after-work off-leash hike with your dog or a lovely fall hike. Many people stroll up just far enough to get themselves, their dogs, and their kids a little exercise, but the meadow at about 3 miles is also a popular destination. Like most hikes in the area, the trail is steep, ascending at a pace of just under 1000 feet per mile. The stream, often dry, is reached after just half a mile and is a fun place for kids to wade in the water (when available), play with sticks, and check out the rope swing.

Craggy limestone cliffs on the north side of Neffs Canyon

Craggy limestone cliffs on the north side of Neffs Canyon

Getting There

Take exit 4 off of Interstate 15 on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley. Once off the freeway, head east toward the mountains on 3900 South that becomes Jupiter Drive. At 0.8 miles, turn left onto Oakview / 4280 South. Follow this a few blocks to Park View Dr. (4055 E.). Take the next right onto 4260 E., then a final right onto White Way that is followed a short distance to a large parking area and trailhead.

Mount Olympus from high in Neffs Canyon

Mount Olympus from high in Neffs Canyon

Route

From the parking area, walk up the old road for about 0.5 miles, passing a water tower along the way. At the stream, the wide road turns into a narrow trail. There are actually two options at this points that will meet up again in less than a quarter mile. Take a quick left onto a narrow trail or cross the stream before turning left and walk through an area that is more open. With the second option, you will reach an area with a small seep and a rope swing. The trails meet up soon after.

The hike continues up and up, occasionally offering views of interesting rock formations or passing through aspen groves. A sign for the Mount Olympus Wilderness is reached; at this point the trail gets a bit steeper. About 2.5 miles from the trailhead, after crossing a stream, you’ll reach the meadow area, which has low shrubs that allow for good views up the canyon.

The trail continues beyond this poin, reaching a junction and large cairn. Left goes to the pass into Thayne Canyon, right goes up to Mill B Pass. Most seem to turn around at the meadow.


Maps

Route / 5.28 miles / Elevation Range 5,601 - 7,894 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 434403mE 4503194mN

N40° 40' 37" W111° 46' 34"

Junction

12T 434956mE 4502628mN

N40° 40' 19" W111° 46' 11"

Swing

12T 434982mE 4502602mN

N40° 40' 18" W111° 46' 09"

2nd Junction

12T 435243mE 4502660mN

N40° 40' 20" W111° 45' 58"

Wilderness Sign

12T 436321mE 4502830mN

N40° 40' 26" W111° 45' 12"

Meadow

12T 437622mE 4502535mN

N40° 40' 17" W111° 44' 17"

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