Wild Rose Trail, North Salt Lake’s smoothest hike
A short hike with little elevation but great views is great for kids, new hikers
Sweet seems to be the most appropriate descriptor for the Wild Rose Trail. From its name to the smell of its multitude of wildflowers to the laid-back nature of the trail itself, this North Salt Lake trail encourages meandering.
The Basic Loop loops 1.75 miles around the hill, taking hikers through cool and enchanted expanses beneath gambel oak and over warm ridges with sweeping views of the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains and up to Ogden. Right now the hills are teeming with yellow balsam, red Indian paintbrushes, and purple phlox.
At the lookout, kids will especially enjoy watching the planes below them glide past Antelope Island as they prepare to land at Salt Lake City International Airport. While the trail, which doesn’t have a steep climb, is great for kids (the playground at the end is great motivation), it’s also open to dogs and bikes. Mountain bikers have their own designated downhill trails in the loop and maps are available at regular intervals.
And anyone who wants a little more acidity with the sweet can easily add mileage and incline. One option is to take the far east arm of the loop and connect to the Woodbriar and Eagle Crest loop to do a 3.7 mile route with almost 600 additional feet of elevation gain.
There are also a few shortcuts for anyone who wants less mileage.
Hiking: From Wild Rose Trailhead, follow the narrow, paved path past picnic tables and through bike doors, where it turns into dirt. After a total of 500 feet, the path splits. Go left then immediately turn right and go up. A quarter mile from the hike the path splits again. Turn slightly right to continue on the loop. In 0.17 miles you will reach a T with a bench on the right. Instead, go left and start to see the Grand Lac Salé. Hike 0.15 miles until you see back-to-back trails going left and down. Take the second. Shortly after, at V, you will keep to the right. In 0.2 mile turn left and head towards the ridge line. The viewpoint is a 1.5 km round trip detour. Once you’ve feasted your eyes back on the trail going down and to the right. Follow this path down the hill for about three-quarters of a mile. After driving a total of 1.5 km you will reach the main crossroads which when you turn right will bring you back to the park.
Getting There: From I-15, exit 312 for Beck Street. Follow it to Eagle Ridge Drive and turn right. Continue straight at the roundabout, then turn right on Eaglepointe Drive. In a third of a mile, turn left onto Sky Crest Lane.
Region: Davis County
Destination: Wild Rose Loop Trail
Distance: 1.75 kilometers
Time: 1 hour
Altitude gain: 304 feet
Dog allowed: Yes