Best Places to Run in the Summer in Salt Lake City

by Anna Ratliff

Summer usually means early runs to beat the heat. We’re lucky to have quick access to a lot of paths and running trails in the Salt Lake area. To escape the heinous heat during the summer months, I usually hit the trails. Here are some of my favorites, and a few tips to make sure you have the best experience.


The view from Dry Creek to City Creek

(Click on the links to get additional info and details via utah.com, saltlakemagazine.combonnevilleshorelinetrail.org, sltrib.comcornercanyontrails.comsugarhousepark.org, and slcgov.com)

Running Trails in the Salt Lake Area

Dry Creek: off Bonneville Shoreline trail area

Park at northeast JCC lot

Trail shaded in the evening until you reach the upper rim

Watch for bikers

Dogs allowed

Dog Lake: top of Millcreek Canyon

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Dogs allowed

Canyon fee upon exiting

Difficulty: Moderate

Lamb’s Canyon: up Parley’s Canyon

Access into Millcreek Canyon

Mid-Mountain: trails around Deer Valley Resort

Difficulty: Difficult

Pipeline Trail: all along the north side of Millcreek Canyon


Access through Rattlesnake Trail, or the parking lot just below the gate

Dogs allowed

Canyon fee upon exiting

Corner Canyon: Draper

Gets crowded, watch for bikers

Weekly trail races with Wasatch Trail Run Series

Bell’s Canyon: Mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon

Crowded, especially on weekends

Leads up to a waterfall

No dogs

Non-trail runs

Earlier or later in the day Sugarhouse Park and Liberty Park are both fantastic places to get some miles. Both have drinking fountains as well.

Jordan River Parkway: cooler in the mornings, a nice breeze of the river makes this run very enjoyable.

City Creek Canyon: a good mix of hills and flat stretches, also has a trail along the side.

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*Regardless of the time of day, make sure to carry water and ID, and be sure to let someone know where you are.

Here’s a supplemental list of where to run in Salt Lake City.

Happy running!

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