|Utah Capitol Building|
Memory Grove/City Creek
Just minutes from downtown, right behind Utah’s Capitol Building is one of the best city hikes I’ve ever been on. What makes it so awesome is that you feel like you’re in the mountains and yet it’s in the Salt Lake City limits.
The official trail head to Memory Grove starts at State Street and Second Avenue and extends north to Bonneville Boulevard. However, there is also parking on the east side of the Capitol Building along the east side of the road. Along the road, there is a paved path that drops down into Memory Grove. This is the way I usually go when I’m on foot.
|Meditation Chapel in Memory Grove|
Inside Memory Grove you will find the Meditation Chapel which is open to all for a quiet place to sit and collect your thoughts.
Heading north through Memory Grove is trail that travels along the creek. The “path” in City Creek is actually a paved canyon maintenance road just under 6 miles. For those who want to see the park on a bicycle or in a car, this is the path to use. In fact, during the summer months, the road is closed to vehicular traffic on odd days when only bicycles are permitted.
In winter, the road is well maintained for auto traffic.
For hiking, I prefer to stay on the trail along the creek from Memory Grove. That way, you don’t miss the view of the creek. As you work your way up the trail. you come to a small pond. Definitely the most scenic part of the trail during the winter.
The City Creek trail does intersect the Bonneville Shoreline trail which extends all of the way to Emigration Canyon (for those who have all day to hike). This is a great turn around point . I didn’t keep track of the mileage from Memory Grove to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail but I’m guessing it is about a three to four mile round trip moderate hike. The trail is well traveled and dogs are allowed on the trail.
|Trail intercepts Bonneville Shoreline|