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Red Butte Canyon Overlook, Salt Lake County
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A hiker stands on the ridgeline between Red Butte Canyon and Georges Hollow.
A hiker stands on the ridgeline between Red Butte Canyon and Georges Hollow.
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By Steve Baker

Clipper Staff Writer 

Red Butte Canyon is a protected, near pristine canyon east of the University of Utah. You can’t hike into this canyon, but you can enjoy views looking down into it. The trail starts on Colorow Drive and north of the Huntsman building. On your way up, stay on the trail that crosses the Shoreline Trail to the other side. This trail takes you into Georges Hollow. The trail follows the south drainage for about 1/2 mile and heads for the ridge above Georges Hollow. Follow the ridge to the first trail split for “The Living Room,” a Salt Lake Valley overlook with Flintstone furniture. It’s worth a visit before you continue to the overlook. As you continue up, the trail opens near the ridgeline and you see a trail split, go left for Red Butte Canyon Overlook. The trail follows the ridge spine, as you search for the perfect lunch spot above the canyon. Enjoy your day!

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation gain: 1,590 ft.

Round-trip miles: 3.9

Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours

Dogs allowed: Yes

Trailhead restrooms: No

Trailhead directions: 

Drive east on 800 South and take a left at Arpareen Drive. Turn right on Chipeta Way to Colorow Drive and turn right again. Drive past the Huntsman building and park on the road by the trail post.

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