The Living Room Hike

We hiked to "The Living Room" on Saturday June 18th. This hike starts near the entrance of the Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City and climbs to an impressive outlook over the valley. They call it the Living Room Hike because at the peak people have created "chairs and coffee tables" out of stone slabs. 

This is a pretty popular destination, so if you want to avoid crowds go on a weekday or early in the morning. This trail is rated as moderate because you climb around 1000 feet in 1.5 miles. The whole hike, there and back, took us about an hour - that was with plenty of water breaks. We started our hike around 7:00am and at that time of day the the trail was mostly shaded and the temperature stayed cool. I would not want to do this hike in the afternoon because the sun would get way to hot. 

The trail head is not clearly marked. So follow these directions: Drive to the gate of the Red Butte Gardens and turn right onto a road named Colorow. Drive about a quarter of a mile and the trail head will be on the east side of the road.

You'll start out walking through a small grove of trees and over a very small stream. Then you'll come to a clearing, just keep walking east until you reach the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Turn south on the Shoreline for about 50 feet. There is a single post marker here, but there are no signs. The trail is obvious for about a mile. It can be very steep at times and almost looks like you're walking up a dried ravine. When you come to an obvious fork in the trail, head north. The trail isn't quite as steep at the top and you'll know you're headed in the right direction when you can see the remains of an old rock slide. Next thing you know - you've made it to the Living Room.  

Honestly, this wasn't my favorite hike but I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick outing. There are tons of wild flowers growing next to the trail and the view of the valley is spectacular


What's one of your favorite hikes?

1 comment

  1. I've never heard of this hike before, but it sounds interesting! I'm from Utah Valley and so I know a lot of hikes down that way, but not a whole lot in the Salt Lake Valley.