The Living Room Hike in Salt Lake City, Utah

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!

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.

View from the Living Room lookout Trail in Salt Lake City, Utah
View from the top of the Living Room Lookout Trail

Finding the Living Room Hike

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.

Living Room Lookout Trailhead
The 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.

Living Room Lookout Trail with snow and fall colors

Views from the Top of the Living Room Hike in Salt Lake City

Once at the top, I had plenty of time to lounge in the reclining chairs that make the Living Room Trail famous.

The top of the Living Room Lookout Trail with stones made into armchairs
That’s why they call it the Living Room Hike!

There was no wait or crush of Instagramers to mar the quiet experience of watching the sunset.

Sunset from the top of the Living Room Lookout Trail in Salt Lake City, Utah
Taking in the views at 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.

A couple taking pictures on the Living Room Lookout Trail in Utah

All-in-all, the Living Room Trail is a hike that comes highly recommended!

Quick Stats on the Living Room Hike in Salt Lake City:

Length of the Living Room Lookout Trail

2.5 miles (4 kilometers) total

Time Necessary to Hike the Living Room Lookout Trail

I was up and back in less than two hours.


Difficulty Level of the Living Room Hike in Salt Lake

Moderate to Easy


Fun Fact About the Living Room Hike

At the top, there are reclining chairs built from the rocks!

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