I had all of 12 hours in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I snuck in a quick hike on the famed Living Room Lookout Trail – and I don’t regret it for a second. If you have any time at all in Salt Lake City, don’t miss this hike!
Length: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) total
Time: I was up and back in less than two hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Easy
Fun Fact: At the top, there are reclining chairs built from the rocks
I was just back in America after walking the Camino de Santiago, so my hiking fitness was at peak level when I took to the Living Room Trail, but I found it a relatively easy hike. It is a quick climb and it gets a good sweat going, but the trail offers more of a stroll than a scramble.
The hardest part was finding the trailhead. Google Maps directed me to Huntsman Way, a small street leading to nowhere and tucked behind the University of Utah and the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Signs turned me around toward the free parking on Colorow Road and near the inconspicuous trailhead.
Once on the trail, it was an easy jaunt up into the foothills. I was there when winter was threatening to overtake fall and it was a brisk and beautiful walk to the top with a bit of snow and plenty of leaf-peeping. The trail was not too crowded, but with just enough people and dogs for a solo hiker to feel safe.
Once at the top, I had plenty of time to lounge in the reclining chairs that make the Living Room Trail famous.
There was no wait or crush of Instagramers to mar the quiet experience of watching the sunset.
The walk down was the hardest part. It was very slick due to the early snow and a flashlight was needed as the sun ducked behind the hills for good.
All-in-all, the Living Room Trail is a hike that comes highly recommended!
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