Wagner Spring |

Salt Lake City

Hiking Wagner Spring - Salt Lake City Hiking Wagner Spring
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RATING: Easy Hike
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
SEASON: Any, though summers can be hot.
Thu Hi:52 Lo:40 Fri Hi:59 Lo:42 Sat Hi:66 Lo:44 Sun Hi:69 Lo:47 Mon Hi:62 Lo:47
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The Wagner Spring hike is short enough to fit into an evening but long enough to feel like an outing. The hike is a nice one, meandering through scrub oak, passing a spring, then climbing up the foothills to a viewpoint of Emigration Canyon and Salt Lake City.

Historical Note: Wagner Spring has an interesting history. In 1864, the first brewery in Utah was opened at the site called the California Brewery by German immigrant Henry Wagener. In 1894, it was renamed the Wagener Brewing Company. Sadly, in 1914 the brewery was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt.

Note: This is a great hike most anytime of the year, but can be hot in the summer. If doing the hike in the summer, morning or evening is recommended. Part of the hike is shaded, but much of it is not.
Dog Owner Note: The trailhead sign indicates no dogs, but I suspect this may be for the section of trail heading north through This is the Place Heritage Park. There were many dogs on the trail the day we visited, but they may or may not be allowed.

Getting There

The trailhead is at the mouth of Emigration Canyon on the east side of Salt Lake. From downtown Salt Lake, travel east on 800 S. This becomes Sunnyside Avenue. Follow Sunnyside Avenue which turns into Emigration Canyon Road at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. There is a small dirt parking lot on the left, just before entering the canyon and just after the Hoggle Zoo. This is the trailhead, and is also next to the overflow parking for the zoo.


From the trailhead, there are two main trails leaving the parking area. Take the path on the right, that climbs up and east. There are quite a few side trails on this hike, stay on the main trail throughout. After a few minutes, a significant side trail goes off on the left, stay right.

The trail contours around with views up Emigration Canyon as it winds through scrub oak. 15 or so minutes from the trailhead, the trail becomes more vegetated, and a large concrete water tank on the left and pond on the right mark Wagner Spring.

Continuing past the spring, a junction is reached. Stay right, continuing to climb up the drainage. Soon the trail reaches an old pipeline scar. Go right here for just a couple of minutes to the top of the ridge. Go right again at the junction on top of the ridge and follow the old two track a few minutes out to the viewpoint at the end on top of a small hill.

Return the same way.


Printable Maps:

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