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The Parleys Pointe Trail

The Parleys Pointe Trail is a crucial segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, set to stretch from H Rock deep into Mill Creek Canyon.

The initial part of the trail requires determination, as it involves navigating the busy Parleys Trail bike path and a noisy, exposed, roughly paved road. The roar of traffic can be a distraction for nearly the first two miles.

However, once you reach the 1.8-mile mark, the noise diminishes, revealing the trail’s natural beauty and expansive views of the Salt Lake Valley. The highest point of the hike, about 3.5 miles in, offers a stunning panorama that includes downtown, the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains, Draper, Mount Olympus, and the now-silent interstate. Along the nearly shadeless path, bursts of sunflowers add to the scenic experience.

Trails Utah’s role in the Parleys Pointe Trail

Trails Utah played a significant role in constructing the Parleys Pointe Trail after a private developer donated 290 acres to Salt Lake City in 2019. While grants covered some costs, donations are crucial for ongoing planning and environmental reviews. Consider supporting Trails Utah through donations or becoming a sustaining member.

Getting There

Getting to the trailhead also requires some perseverance. The ideal approach is to leave a car at the Arcadia Trailhead on Lakeline Drive and drive another car to the driveway off Foothill Drive near Yesco and Tolero Pharmaceuticals. If using only one vehicle, parking at Yesco and walking the extra mile downhill is also an option.

From the Yesco driveway, head south on the Parleys Trail bike path. About 0.7 miles in, just before the pedestrian overpass, the Parleys Pointe Trail branches off to the left. After another 0.2 miles down an old paved road, the trail turns left at a marker and begins a gradual climb.

Parley's Pointe Trail in Utah

At 1.5 miles, the trail forks—take the right branch. Soon, the freeway noise fades. After another 2 miles of gentle climbing, you’ll reach the highest point of the hike and a rock outcropping with fantastic views. The final mile is all downhill, ending at Lakeline Drive, just south of Carrigan Canyon Drive. For extra mileage, follow Lakeline to its north end and pick up the H Rock to Carrigan Canyon connector trail, or return the way you came.

Parleys Pointe Trail details

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Destination: Salt Lake Valley views
  • Distance: 4.8 miles (one-way)
  • Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Elevation Gain: 1,132 feet
  • Dog Allowed: Yes
  • Restrooms: No
  • Biking/horses: Yes
  • Wheelchair/e-bike accessible: No
  • Difficulty: 3

Explore the hidden gem of Parleys Pointe Trail for a rewarding adventure with stunning vistas and a peaceful atmosphere.