I have never hiked Neff’s Canyon before. I am seriously loving this map we got. I keep finding new canyons and new trails to try.
To get to the Neff’s Canyon parking lot, take the I-215 belt route and get off on the 3300 S/3900 S exit. Head south off the exit and turn east onto Oakview Drive. Drive up a ways and you will see a brown sign on your right directing you towards Neff’s Canyon. Turn left on Parkview Drive, take the first right and follow the street as it curves around until you see the parking lot. From here the trailhead is apparent. There are a few forks at the beginning. If you take the farthest west trailhead it will lead you up to a natural spring and then back down and around to the road that goes to the trail that goes all the way up the canyon.
|The view from the trailhead|
|Headed up the trail|
|The Outdoor Adventure Gals!|
|OAGAL #1 showing off her new hiking boots|
On your way up the trail you might notice a rope swing. It’s very sturdy and safe and quite fun! I definitely recommend giving it a swing when you pass by. You won’t regret it!
We didn’t get as far up the trail as we would have liked this particular day. The trail sits in the shadows most of the day and since Utah’s spring weather is very extreme choosing between warm and cold, the trail was a solid sheet of ice. We got to a few steep parts that were extremely treacherous. We made it out with only minor injuries, but I would not suggest going too far up the trail unless you have good ice crampons. Our lightweight trail yaktraks were not enough for the slippery conditions. We did make it up about 1.5-2 miles before turning around.
This trail is dog friendly which is always a plus and runs along a river for part of it so your furry friend will have water to drink.
I look forward to attempting this hike again when there are leaves on the trees and no ice on the trail! Till then, on to the next adventure!