5 hidden trail gems to socially distance

Check out these great trails in Utah, perfect for getting outdoors and staying socially distant while appreciating the beauty of our state. This post first appeared on the Rec Wellness Blog on July, 13, 2020.

Lizard Lake Trail

Take advantage of the wilderness and step into the Mount Nebo Wilderness area. For 4.6 miles, the Lizard Lake Trail is a lightly trafficked out and back trail that winds you through incredible patches of wildflowers. The trail is dog friendly and is great for mountain biking or trail running as alternative sports!

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Lizard Lake is located in the Mount Nebo Wilderness area.

Old Sheep Trail

Located near American Fork, the Old Sheep Trail is a gem for wildlife spotting! The trail is 3.4 miles and is great for families because it is secluded and flush with trees and shade. The trail is dog friendly (but they must be on a leash) and is great for mountain biking or trail running as alternative sports!

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The Old Sheep Trail is located near American Fork, Utah.

Powerhouse Overlook Trail

Take a drive to Springville, Utah, and give the Powerhouse Overlook hike a try! You’ll experience the majestic Utah Valley mountains as well as the incredibly diverse flora and fauna. The hike is 2.9 miles and doesn’t see much action. This hike is also dog friendly.

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The Powerhouse Overlook is located near Springville, Utah.

Dry Canyon Trail

Slightly more popular than some trails mentioned in this post, the Dry Canyon trail is 5.4 miles of incredible wildflower hiking near Big Baldy. Located near Lindon, Utah, grab your roommates and give Dry Canyon a hike! The trail is dog friendly.

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Dry Canyon Trail is located near Lindon, Utah.

Elephant Head Trail

Elephant Head trail is for those who want a longer hike. Located on Antelope Island, the 9.2 mile trail is lightly trafficked. Starting at White Rock Bay campground, this trail boasts some incredible views of the surrounding Great Salt Lake. This trail is dog friendly.

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Elephant Head Trail is located on Antelope Island, Utah.