The Heber Valley and its surrounding landscapes are home to some of the most beautiful mountains, forests, streams, lakes, and other natural features, that Utah has to offer. The valley is located just 20 minutes south of Park City and 1 hour from Salt Lake City, with an array of lodging and dining options suitable for an extensive and unforgettable visit. One of the best ways to experience the beauty and adventure of this place, is through hiking, biking or horseback riding on one of the many trails here. From beginner to intermediate, here are five trails sure to help you make the most of your Heber Valley experience.
The Heber valley overlook trail is an easy going 2.3-mile loop in the Dutch Hollow trail system. The trail strolls up through the oak brush to a lookout point with scenic views of the Heber valley and the Provo River flowing closely below. This trail is beginner level and is suitable for everyone, because of its short distance and easy-going terrain. Hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders are all welcome on the trail, so be courteous and yield as appropriate. A large parking lot is located at the base of the trail and a day use fee or annual state parks pass is required for parking at Dutch Hollow.
Directions: On main St. in Heber, turn West onto 100 South towards Midway. Continue straight until you are entering Midway, then turn right onto 400 East towards Memorial Hill. Continue past Heber Valley Artisan Cheese and at the roundabout turn right onto River Road. Shortly thereafter, turn left onto Dutch Canyon Road and keep right as the road goes down until you reach the parking lot.
Bloods lake trail is a 1 mile out and back trail to a clear, blue high-elevation lake in the Wasatch Mountains. The trail is only open in the summer months and it is a very popular attraction. A rope swing at the South East corner of the lake makes for fun thrills or entertainment. The water temperature is very cold though, so be careful if you choose to try out the swing. It is an easy going half mile hike to the lake, with the exception of a short, steep section just before the lake. This trail is beginner level, suitable for the many kids found hiking along the trail.
Directions: On main St. in Heber, turn West onto 100 South towards Midway. Continue straight until you are entering Midway, then turn right onto 400 East towards Memorial Hill. Continue past Heber Valley Artisan Cheese and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto 1050 N. Shortly thereafter turn right onto Pine Canyon road and remain on Pine Canyon Drive all the way up the mountain. Towards the top of the mountain continue straight towards Brighton. At the final turn before driving down towards Brighton the parking lot and trailhead will be on your left.
Noblett’s Creek Trail is a 2.1 mile out and back trail in the Uinta National Forest. The trail follows alongside the vibrant Noblett’s Creek and reaches the arrival of a spring fed waterfall running down the hillside. The trail is easy going, lush, and shady nearly the entire way. This trail is beginner level and hiking and horseback riding are allowed on the trail.
Directions: Drive North out of Heber City on highway 189. At the last intersection leaving town, turn right onto North State Rd 32 towards Kamas. Continue along the road, with Jordanelle reservoir below on your left. Climb the hill until you reach the 1 light intersection in Francis and proceed straight on West Main Village Way. Continue on East State Hwy 35, through Woodland. A road sign identifying Noblett’s Creek trailhead and parking lot will be on your left.
Stewart Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail to a stunning 200ft waterfall on the east side of Mt Timpanogos. The misty air and small stream at the base of the falls serve as a refreshing reward at the 1.7-mile arrival. This trail is intermediate level, because of its slightly longer distance and minor portions of incline and decline, though it is safe and well-maintained. Stewart Falls is a very popular hike, so expect many other people coming and going along the way. A large parking lot is located at the trailhead and a day use fee or annual state parks pass is required for parking.
Directions: Drive West out of Heber city on highway 189, towards Provo. Follow the highway as it curves along Deer Creek Reservoir and begins down Provo Canyon. Turn right on ST Route 92 toward Sundance. Continue past Sundance resort on Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. After the State Park road booth, the parking lot will be on your left.
The Strawberry Narrows Trail is a 12-mile single-track scenic trail along a narrow corridor of Strawberry Reservoir. The trail is renowned for mountain biking but hiking and horseback riding are good means to experience it as well. The trail spans from Aspen Grove Marina to Renegade Marina along the mountainsides and meadows of Strawberry Reservoir. The trail can be used as an out and back trail or as a point to point trail using a shuttle vehicle. For a shorter duration, I would recommend beginning at Aspen Grove Marina and turning around after 4-8 miles to come back out. This section of the trail leads through lush pine forests, aspen groves, and open meadows with magnificent views of the lake. The trail has some incline but is smooth with very little rock. This trail is intermediate, because of its remoteness, length, and steep embankments, so be prepared with a plan and supplies.
Directions: Head South East out of Heber city, on highway 40 towards Strawberry. Continue up the canyon past Daniels Summit Lodge. Follow the highway along the lake for several miles, and then turn right off the highway towards Soldier Creek Dam. Continue along the windy road until you reach Aspen Grove Marina and Campground. There is a large parking lot, restrooms, and a fishing shop, with the trailhead just below along the shore.