Killyon Canyon

(Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune)


Killyon Canyon, Salt Lake County’s newest nature preserve, is a lovely, shaded walk to the west edge of Mountain Dell Canyon. The trail heads northeast, following the Killyon Canyon drainage closely for about 0.7 miles. At that point, you will see a junction and sign; continue northeast toward Affleck Park. After 1.5 miles, you will reach a junction at Birch Springs. This is the watershed boundary; no dogs are allowed on or over the ridgeline. Go left (north) and stay on the trail as it makes a couple of broad switchbacks toward a craggy rock formation. The overlook to Mountain Dell Canyon is about 2.8 miles from the trailhead, just beyond the rock formation. Enjoy the view or continue another mile or so to the top of Lookout Peak.

Getting there: From Salt Lake City, take Emigration Canyon road east about 5 miles to the Pinecrest turnoff. After less than 1/2 mile, the road will fork; bear right and continue 1/2 mile to a small parking area with a sign and a container for dog bags.


-- Erin Alberty


Destination: Killyon Canyon ridge


Time: 3.5 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,745 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 3


First published 2011-07-03