Salt Lake City is a unique city, and if you’ve never been is a great place to check out. There are a lot of weird rules in regards to alcohol, it is home to the Mormon Temple, and it often gets a bad rep. But if you love the outdoors, particularly skiing, biking, and hiking, there is almost no better city in the world.
We live right by the University of Utah as Katie goes to Medical School there. “The U,” as it’s referred to by the locals (no Miami is not “The U”), is on the East side of the city right up against the mountains. Which means we regularly hike and mountain bike right from our front door. We decided to take a short Easter backpacking trip up Red Butte Canyon since Katie had the next day off.
The trailhead is about 2 miles from our house making for a very quick and easy escape. We enjoyed a lovely night watching over Salt Lake City from our perch atop the mountain and managed to escape all of the crowds from the very popular “Living Room” hike that we continued past. I would highly recommend doing a trip like this if you’re in Salt Lake, and the possibilities of where to camp are basically endless as there are hundreds of trails around the area stemming off the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
We took the “easy” route up the canyon to the South of Red Butte Canyon which is slightly longer and less steep than multiple other routes to the living room lookout that are brutally steep. We left the house after 6PM after making dinner and packing it up. We got to the camp spot a little after 7 and hunted around for a clear spot to put the tent. After finding a good spot, we grabbed our dinner and found an awesome lookout with a great view of the entire city and the Salt Lake. We listened to some music (as 4G was obviously available) ate dinner and had a lovely evening watching the stars and the city lights.
It was a surprisingly fun trip and a great way to experience another aspect of the city that I’d never experienced before. Sleeping in a tent on top of a mountain while you can see your house and make out what buildings are which is a seriously odd experience. Points for Salt Lake City, and a great 1-nighter!