Thursday, June 28, 2012

Maple Canyon Equestrian Trail Hike

Maple Canyon has a nice 1-mile (each way) hike that is fantastic for small children and easy for adults as well. It is located in Mapleton, Utah and is a very 
beautiful trail that winds next to the road although you never see the road. It is nice 
and cool due to all the shade. I find this particular trail very beautiful in the fall when the 
leaves begin to change color. It is also a wonderful trail to run if you enjoy trail running. 
It is also open to mountain biking. (With it being such a short trail it is best for beginners, 
children age 8-10 and up, those making loops or those who want to continue on up through 
the campground to the trail at the top of the parking lot for more challenge).

To get there:
From I-15, take Springville exit 260. Head east 2 miles to the intersection of Main Street and
400 South. Turn right on Main Street, staying in the right lane toward Highway 89/Price.
Continue 2.3 miles to Maple Street. Turn left on Maple Street/State Highway 147 for .9 miles
to Main Street in Mapleton. Turn left on Main Street, then right on 400 North. Drive east on
400 North until you come to the canyon. After passing through the open gate you will drive
up a hill and after the hill there is a parking lot on the right hand side of the road. Pull in and
park. The trailhead is on the east side
of the parking lot. 

This is where those bringing horses into the canyon must park. The sign says equestrian trail
 parking I believe. 

The trail will end up at one of the campground parking lots. This is an out-n-back trail and is
easy enough to start the littlest of hikers :) If you choose to take the trail on the west side of the
parking lot, the bonneville shoreline, it ends where a property owner has put up a huge fence
and you will be considered trespassing. So stick to the east trail.

Go in a group in this canyon as occasionally we hear of weird people or experiences. There
has never been trouble when you are with a buddy. It is always important to never go 
alone wherever you find yourself.

Happy Hiking!