Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike


  • The start of the trail: Fergsuon Canyon leads up to the right, and Big Cottonwood Canyon is on the left.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • This trail is quite unique; it does not look like many of the neighboring trails.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Beautiful light in a magical place.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Rock climbers getting after some of the vertical granite walls.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Getting some elevation on the granite walls off of the Ferguson Mountain Trail. - Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • A couple and their dog enjoying the climbing available in the canyon.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • A couple and their dog enjoying the climbing available in the canyon.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Enjoying one of the main waterfalls on the trail.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Another smaller waterfall along the way.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Sunset on the granite cliffs.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Fun for everyone here.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • The switchbacks that lead to the final stage of the trail.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Looking north toward the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Crescent moon above the city.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Bright city lights from the lookout.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Stunning sunsets are very common in northern Utah.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • Hiking back down with the city lights leading the way home.- Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
  • - Ferguson Canyon Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Very close to town. Dogs allowed. Great rock climbing. Amazing city views.
Pretty steep. Sometimes crowded. Rattlesnakes. Loose rock sections.
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,400.00 ft (426.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,200.00 ft (1,584.96 m)
Typically multi-day: 
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Ferguson Canyon might be the ultimate hike for east Salt Lake residents. You will not find many other places that are so close to town, allow dogs, have good rock climbing, amazing city views, and are steep enough to make it a daily exercise routine. The trail is sheltered by large trees most of the way, keeping exposure to a minimum. During the early summer when the rivers are flowing, dogs and people alike find the various hidden swimming holes just off the trail. Large granite walls hug the trail at several points and give rock climbers lots of great options to get vertical. With several waterfalls along the way to play around in, it's just hard not to have fun here.

The trail begins after walking up a dirt road and passing by a large water tower. As the trees start to create a canopy above, the steady incline of the trail begins, and within a short while the granite walls are popping up from the ground. There are a few flat spots along the way, but also several very steep sections capped by waterfalls. Three-quarters of the way up you'll meet switchbacks that lead up the north side of the canyon and leave the canopy. Many end their hike at a remarkable lookout from a slight plateau on the northern rim of the canyon. The massive 170-degree view of Salt Lake City is especially stunning if you are willing to hike down at night after watching the sunset from here.

There are lots of available parking spots on Timberline Drive starting below the trailhead, but keep your dog on leash until just after the water tower to avoid any fines. One interesting fact to note: while in Ferguson Canyon, you are literally hiking along the Wasatch fault line.

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