Wild Rose Park |

North Salt Lake

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Overview

RATING: Easy Hike
LENGTH: 1+ hours
MAPS: SALT LAKE CITY NORTH, UT

Wed

88 | 72

Thu

87 | 69

Fri

87 | 68

Sat

87 | 67

Sun

90 | 67

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SEASON: Any
WATER: Available at the park at the trailhead

Wed

88 | 72

Thu

87 | 69

Fri

87 | 68

Sat

87 | 67

Sun

90 | 67

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Wild Rose Park is an absolute gem in North Salt Lake. Tucked up into the foothills, this is a great family friendly park. The trailhead has toilets, picnic tables, and a playground for the kids, making it a good choice for a family picnic.

Those looking to get more energy out can hike one of several hikes that leave the picnic and playground areas, heading up into the foothills. There are a couple of loops that are about 2 miles each but can easily be done as an out and back if looking for something shorter. We have visited several times, and the trails are gentle enough our toddler enjoyed hiking them, and especially the post-hike playground session. The trails also satisfied Abby, the family dog, so a win for everyone!

Note: The park is also heavily used by mountain bikers with some trails designated for downhill bike traffic only. Keep a heads up and ear out, on our visits we have always seen many bikes on the trail. It is easy enough to step aside and let them pass, but good to keep an ear out.
Panorama from near the viewpoint bench. Stunning in the spring.

Getting There

The trailhead is in North Salt Lake. Head south on Main Street in North Salt Lake to Eagle Ridge Drive. This turnoff is just a couple of blocks north of the large gravel pit.

Follow Eagle Ridge Drive, going straight at the first round-a-bout and continuing for 1.6 miles to Eaglepointe Drive. Go right on Eaglepointe Drive and follow it 0.3 miles to Sky Crest Lane. Turn left on Sky Crest Lane and follow it to its end at the trailhead.


Route

The trail begins at the back of the park and is well signed. After a short distance, it reaches a junction where different loop options are available. Each intersection has a map, making it easy to choose a loop or change plans mid-hike.

My favorite is the Wild Rose Loop to Sunset Point, particularly in a clockwise direction. The views are excellent, and the viewpoint a great place to take a break. Spring wildflowers on this section were particularly beautiful when we visited. About 2 miles in length, it had gradual enough switchbacks our two-year-old happily hiked to Sunset Point. The trail meanders through maple trees and open sections with stunning views, giving it good variety.

My second favorite is the viewpoint shown on the map to the southwest. There is a bench en route that provides excellent views to the west and of the Salt Lake Valley. This trail forms a much bigger loop, and motivated hikers can continue up the ridge to an overlook into City Creek, then loop back to Wild Rose Park. This section of trail has several steep sections. Our toddler needed to be carried up these, so a little less family-friendly than the shorter loops in the park proper.

The Chucker loop was not, just not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the views on the other two sections more.


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 424421mE 4519836mN

N40° 49' 34" W111° 53' 47"

Jct - Wild Rose

12T 424554mE 4519766mN

N40° 49' 32" W111° 53' 41"

Jct - Wild Rose 2

12T 424645mE 4519678mN

N40° 49' 29" W111° 53' 37"

Sunset Point

12T 424718mE 4519954mN

N40° 49' 38" W111° 53' 34"

Viewpoint and Bench

12T 424585mE 4519487mN

N40° 49' 23" W111° 53' 40"

Jct - Chucker And Viewpoint

12T 424725mE 4519437mN

N40° 49' 21" W111° 53' 34"

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