The Birdsong Trail is a great beginner hike through an urban wilderness complete with dense forest springs, a pond, and wildlife. In just under one mile, the trail winds through a variety of landscapes offering a wilderness feel to a trail that is still very much in the city. This trail is suitable for most healthy adults and children.


The Birdsong Trail begins at the Rainbow Trailhead at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. The trailhead (41.235319,-111.930466) is located in the southwest corner of the parking lot of Rainbow Gardens at 1851 Valley Drive. Look for signs indicating the designated trailhead parking.

You can also start the hike from its other end on Fillmore Avenue near 20th Street; however, this is not recommended unless you are walking or riding to the trail as there is very little parking on that end.

The Route

From the trailhead, choose the path with the large "Rainbow Trail" banner over the trail. Follow the trail for about 100 feet to a junction and turn left. (The junction sign here says you can go left or right, but this is incorrect. Turn right.) Continue about 60 feet and turn right onto the Birdsong Trail.

The Birdsong Trail changes character throughout its length. The first section winds through a lush forest rich with birds and other small animals – this is how the trail got its name. As the trail continues, it climbs up a fairly steep hill to the top of a sagebrush-covered bench with fantastic views of the east bench and Wasatch Mountains.

From here the trail continues into another forested section containing a spring and a small pond with a bench nearby. This makes for a good break spot to relax and listen to the sounds of nature. Some may choose to turn around at this point or continue another quarter mile to the end of the trail on Fillmore Avenue near 20th Street. There is a picnic table at the top of the trail with more great views.

Rules and Regulations

  • Keep pets on leash.
  • Clean up after pets.

Special Considerations

Mountain bikers frequently use this trail. Be especially cautious with young children who may not be easily seen. There are many blind corners as the trail winds through the trees.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.