Get to a beautiful destination in an afternoon with these moderate hikes. These hikes are a little more strenuous, though still suitable for most healthy adults*.


Bald Mountain (Uintas)

At 11,943 feet above sea level, Bald Mountain is the highest Uinta peak on the west side of the Mirror Lake Highway. It also happens to be one of the easiest summits in the entire Uinta range.


Bechan Cave

This intriguing Lake Powell hike takes visitors to a large sandstone cave once inhabited by prehistoric Mammoths more than 13,000 years ago.

Brighton Lakes (Wasatch)

From the rocky, granite shores of Lake Mary to lofty Lake Catherine, the Brighton Lakes trail offers hikers classic Wasatch scenery and the opportunity to shorten or lengthen the hike as desired.


Broken Bow Arch (Escalante)

Broken Bow Arch is a stunning natural arch located in a remote desert canyon near the end of the Escalante’s famous Hole-in-the-Rock Road.


Chesler Park (Canyonlands)

Massive sandstone pillars, narrow crevices, and sweeping views across a unique desert grassland make Chesler Park one of the best hikes in Canyonlands.


Duck Lake (Uintas)

Duck Lake offers hikers a moderate day hike or an easy overnight backpacking trip featuring a handful of mountain lakes and outstanding Uinta scenery.


Escalante River (Escalante)

The Escalante River offers outstanding scenery as it winds through a deep canyon gorge in the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


Fifth Water Hot Springs (Wasatch)

Also known as Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Fifth Water is a classic Wasatch hike to a fantastic natural hot spring featuring deep soaking pools, majestic waterfalls, and fantastic mountain scenery.

Fiftymile Creek

Originally called Soda Gulch, Fiftymile Creek is an Escalante classic featuring soaring, varnished walls, a perennial stream, and an extraordinary section of narrows.

Ibantik Lake (Uintas)

With sparkling teal waters and towering cliffs, Ibantik Lake provides alpine scenery comparable to other harder-to-reach areas in the Uintas. Ibantik Lake makes for a good half-day hike or a quick overnight backpacking trip.


Island Lake (Uintas)

This moderately difficult hike passes by several beautiful lakes and offers more adventurous hikers the possibility to explore many lakes within a relatively short distance.


Jack's Mountain (Wasatch)

Jack’s Mountain is a scenic viewpoint located in the foothills above Salt Lake City that serves as a memorial for a young boy named Jack Edwards who died of Leukemia in 1995.


Kanarra Creek (Cedar City)

Kanarra Creek flows through a gorgeous canyon featuring majestic waterfalls and beautiful narrows with sculpted sandstone walls.


Little Wild Horse Canyon (San Rafael Swell)

With seemingly endless narrows and easy access, Little Wild Horse Canyon is one of the best non-technical, family-friendly slot canyon hikes in the state of Utah.


Lofty Lake (Uintas)

Perched in a high valley between two 11,000-foot peaks, Lofty Lake is a great summertime hiking destination.


Lower Maidenwater Canyon (Lake Powell)

With a perennial stream, deep pools, and long stretches of beautifully sculpted narrows, Lower Maidenwater Canyon is a great hike for experienced desert hikers.


Moonshine Wash

This remote slot canyon hike features beautiful, sculpted narrows with the added challenge of surmounting small obstacles throughout the canyon.

Navajo Loop Trail

The iconic Navajo Loop Trail is a must-hike trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. The short, but somewhat strenuous route descends more than 550 feet into the depths of Bryce Canyon and it’s towering rock formations.


North Fork Trachyte Creek

This colorful slot canyon hike near the north end of Lake Powell provides both solitude and high adventure without having to drive deep into the backcountry.

Queen's Garden Trail

This classic Bryce Canyon trail offers the easiest access below the rim and into the soaring pink, orange, and white hoodoos that Bryce is famous for.


Salt Lake Valley Overlook (Wasatch)

This hike follows the Desolation Trail to a rock outcropping along a ridge in Millcreek Canyon, offering hikers fantastic views of the Salt Lake Valley and beyond.


South Fork Ticaboo Creek

If solitude is high on your list, then this hike could be exactly what you’re looking for. You’re not likely to see many people on this beautiful and adventurous hike into a side canyon of Ticaboo Creek.

Sunset Peak (Wasatch)

Unlike most Wasatch summits, Sunset Peak is a relatively easy day hike offering outstanding 360-degree views of the Wasatch Mountains and surrounding areas.


The Living Room (Wasatch)

The Living Room is a classic Salt Lake City hike to a scenic viewpoint above the city, complete with stone chairs to relax and take in the view.


Timpanogos Cave (Wasatch)

The Timpanogos Cave hike combines a scenic and strenuous mountainside trail with the unique experience of exploring a dark, subterranean world full of fascinating formations.


Upheaval Dome Outlook

This short but strenuous trail visits two overlooks perched high up on the rim of Upheaval Dome, a curious geologic oddity in Canyonlands National Park.

Upper Little Death Hollow (Escalante)

Little Death Hollow is a beautiful slot canyon in the remote Circle Cliffs area of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


Waterfall Canyon (Wasatch)

Waterfall Canyon is a popular family hike in the foothills above Ogden. The trail climbs up a steep canyon to the base of a beautiful 200-foot waterfall.


West Canyon

This classic Lake Powell hike passes through a stunning canyon with soaring sandstone walls, culminating in a beautiful narrow section full of pools and flowing water.