Hiking to the Ferguson Canyon Overlook is just to the south of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and is not apart of the SLC Watershed so dogs are allowed to hike here. It’s a great canyon to hike, especially after work if you are short on time. The canyon is well shaded, and as you make your way to the overlook you get an amazing view of the SLC valley. Ferguson Canyon gets really busy on weekends because both hikers and rock climbers fill the canyon. Plan on hiking here either early in the morning or during the week to have a quieter hike.
Head south on Wasatch Blvd. Just past Big Cottonwood Canyon & the 7-11, turn left on Prospector Drive. Turn right immediately. Follow the brown signs for Ferguson Canyon. Park at the trail, or along the road (if it’s crowded).
Here’s a driving map.
Distance: 4 miles RT
Elevation: 1,450 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? There is a sign at the entrance that says dogs must be leashed, but most people don’t. Safest bet is to keep the dogs on leash until the water then, then they can be off leash.
Kid friendly? Yes, but maybe only the first mile
Trailhead – lots of signs.
The trail starts from a neighborhood so parking can be hard to find, especially on weekends. You may need to park at the overflow lot. There are “no parking” signs along the roads.
Pass the water tank on your right.
Past the water tank you’ll have a nice view of Ferguson Canyon, where you’ll be hiking up.
Hike past the Wilderness sign.
There are several natural springs year-round along the trail. Perfect for the pups!
Mac checks out the climbing routes on the right side of the trail.
Hike under the tree arch! Charlie and Bear pose for the camera.
Pass by another natural spring, which is more of a tiny waterfall.
Eventually the trail seems like it will end, but actually turns left (NW) up to a few switchbacks.
Charlie leads the way up the switchbacks.
Another great view towards the top of Ferguson Canyon.
It was sooo warm this November (2017)! I was hiking in a tank top the whole time. It had to have been around 65-70F! Happy to be in the sun.
Stopping at the rocky overlook – SLC is below me!
Sunset on the way down.
This time the trail was SO green!
Charlie and his bud Max.
What a great day to be outside!
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