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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.

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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

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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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