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The Living Room: Hiking In Salt Lake City

There are plenty of things to do in downtown Salt Lake City but why restrict yourself to being indoors? There are numerous Salt Lake City outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Hiking in Utah provides various levels of hikes, ranging from novice to expert, but you do not have to travel far from the city to find places to hike. It is easy to see the Salt Lake City mountains, known as the Wasatch Mountains, and they are beautiful all year long. Salt Lake City hikesare beautiful and the Wasatch Mountains provide plenty of local hiking trails including hikes in Salt Lake CityHiking should definitely make your list of ‘things to do in Salt Lake City‘ and the nearby hiking trails provide but a taste.

View from the bottom of the Living Room

Rather than searching for ‘hiking near me‘ or ‘Salt Lake City hikes‘ in Google and then having to decide which hike to visit, let us recommend The Living Room hikeThe Living Room hike is a fairly simple for trail hiking and provides an incredible view of the Salt Lake Valley. The trailhead is right between two US Bus stops, The Red Butte Garden and The Utah Museum of Natural History. The hike is ~2.2 miles round trip with a total elevation gain of ~1,000 feet for the duration of the hike. Being that this trail is simple but beautiful, it is common to see trail runners and other hikers with their dogs. While there are various Salt Lake City hikes to visit in the Wasatch Mountains, the Living Room hike is one of the most talked about and one of the most accessible. The views of the valley combined with a Salt Lake City sunset make this a popular trail to hike.

View of the Salt Lake Valley from the top of the Living Room hike.

The trail itself is a little bit rocky but mostly compact due to the many hikers who travel this trail on a daily basis. The Living Room hike is friendly enough for dogs and for children, making this an enjoyable event for individuals, groups, and families. Once arriving to the top of the hike, there are various sandstone rocks that have been stacked to appear as if they are living room sofas and chairs. These rocks make for a nice place to rest and enjoy the view overlooking the Salt Lake Valley. The top of the hike may or may not be busy depending on the time of day that you go.

Guide to Hiking Check out this guide to hiking.


-Be courteous to other hikers/runners, ensuring to give each other enough space on the trails.

-The trail is known to be a little confusing so check out the directions from this blog help you along your way: The Living Room Hike

-Since this is a popular trail, it is likely that you can follow other hikers.

-This hike is about ~2.2 miles round trip and will take 45 minutes to 1 hour to go up and less to come back down.

-Depending on the time of day as well as the time of year, be sure to dress appropriate for heat, wind, cold, or rain and bring water. There is very little shade during this hike.

-If you are looking for a more adventurous/exciting type of crowd, students from the University of Utah enjoy making this hike on weekend nights.



-Hop off the US Bus on stop 11 for the Natural History Museum of Utah

-Begin walking west on Wakara Way and turn left when you reach Colorow Rd.

Living Room Hike Trailhead

-The trailhead will be on your left-hand side. If you reach Huntsman Way, you will know that you have gone a little too far and have missed the trailhead.