Donner Trail Park offers walkers a paved loop path with a relatively significant elevation gain of 150 feet for those wanting a more strenuous walk or jog. The park is located on the east bench of Salt Lake City near the mouth of Emigration Canyon; an ideal location for fantastic valley views to keep you motivated while you work your way around the 1.0 mile loop. This trail is suitable for children and adults of all abilities.


Donner Trail Park is located at 2903 E Kennedy Dr. in Salt Lake City (40.748670, -111.809065).

To reach the trailhead from I-80 in Salt Lake City:

  1. Take Exit 129 for Foothill Dr.
  2. Drive north on Foothill Drive for 2.9 Miles.
  3. Turn right onto Sunnyside Ave. and continue 1.0 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Crestview Dr. and continue 0.3 miles.
  5. Turn left onto Kennedy Dr. and park along the street next to the park. 

The Route

From the street parking area, begin walking on the concrete walking path that circles the park. The path winds along the perimeter of the park, occasionally meeting in the middle, offering walkers a little variety in what route to take. The outer loop forms a nice 1.0 mile walk that can be done from any starting point and in any direction.

There is approximately 150 feet of elevation change between the lower end of the park and the upper end. The gradual slope is excellent for building endurance and elevating your heart rate. This trail is an excellent choice for building stamina and endurance for more strenuous hikes and walks.

Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs allowed on leash.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • Park closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • No littering.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.