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Avenues Ridge Short Loop

Salt Lake City·Updated
3.3 mi
Elevation Gain
860 ft
Leash laws

With fantastic views of City Creek Canyon, Twin Peaks, and Salt Lake Valley, this route is an excellent quick hike or run with your dog. You'll start on the Meadow Trail and follow a series of switchbacks along the Avenues Ridge Trail. Once at the top, the route flattens along the Avenues Ridge Cutoff Trail. Return to the Meadow Trail via the Valleyview Trail to complete the lollipop loop.

Getting there

The start of this route is at the Bonneville Shoreline 18th Avenue Trailhead (technically located at the end of Hilltop Rd).

To reach it from downtown, head north on 200 W and turn right onto W North Temple St. Keep east along 2nd Avenue and turn left onto B St. E. Turn right onto 11th Avenue. Turn left onto I St and then right onto Northcrest Dr. Turn left onto N Hilltop Rd. and then right onto 18th Avenue. Finally, turn left onto Hilltop Rd and drive to the end of the road, where you'll find a small parking lot at the trailhead.



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What you'll see

Avenues Ridge Short Loop Trailhead
The trailhead
Sign at the 18th Avenue Trailhead.
Meadow Trail with view of snow covered foothills.
Meadow Trail on a winter day
Meadow Trail intersection with other trails.
At the Meadow Trail junction, take the trail to the right to connect with the Avenues Ridge Trail.
Snow-covered Avenues Ridge Trail
Up the snow-covered Avenues Ridge Trail switchbacks
Snow-covered Avenues Ridge Trail switchbacks.
Light beaming from a cloudy day along the Avenues Ridge Trail.
Start of the Avenues Ridge Cutoff Trail.
At the top of the switchbacks, take the Avenues Ridget Cutoff Trail.
Snow-covered Avenues Ridge Cutoff Trail
Along the Avenues Ridge Cutoff Trail
View of the Foothills from the Valleyview trail
Runner along the Valleyview trail
The Valleyview Trail has great views of downtown Salt Lake City as it wraps around.
View of Twin Peaks from Valleyview trail.
Valleyview trail heading back to the Meadow Trail
Back to the Meadow Trail to complete the lollipop loop.