The Living Room hike in Salt Lake City Utah is an easily accessible hike on well traveled trails that takes hikers quickly up to incredible views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know.
Distance – 2.46 miles round trip (3.96 km)
Height – 6,027 feet (1837.03 m)
Elevation gain – 1,030 feet (313.94 meters)
Duration – 1.5-2 hours
Difficulty – Intermediate
Trailhead Location – Colorow Road, Salt Lake City (Directions Below)
Need To Know Information
- Dogs are allowed on this hike.
- This trail is open year round, but microspikes are highly recommended in winter.
- This is a really common sunset hike (so be sure to bring your headlamp)
- The living room gets its name for a few great reasons, the most obvious being the rocks stacked all over creating a couch like experience. In addition to this, it is constantly hiked by locals, and you’ll find someone on the trail just about any day, at any time. It really is a common area for many Salt Lakers, and you can often converse with strangers on the trail or sitting at the living room.
- The road next to the trailhead has free parking, and if lots of spots are taken, just continue down the road further to find more spots.
- The trail isn’t marked well, so download a track on your phone, have a map ready, or just be ready to ask a local who will inevitably be there. There are a lot of smaller trails here, and this is the most traveled that heads up into the hills.
Hiking Route Options
There is really only one common and recommended route up to the Living Room, and that is via the Living Room Trail. There are traveled paths that are unnamed trails that do head up to the living room, but it is recommended to stick to the main path as it is the most well maintained trail option.
Living Room Hike Video
Here is some of our drone footage highlighting the incredible views from this hike around sunset:
The Living Room Trail | 2.46 Miles Round Trip (3.96 km) – 1,030 Feet Elevation Gain (313.94 meters)
Hikers begin along Colorow Road and head upwards. There are a couple different paths, all of which hiker can take, and they all eventually converge on the very large, and very obvious Bonneville Shoreline Trail. From here, hikers basically cross this trail, and will find a few traveled routes that will take you and converge with the Living Room Trail. It can be a little confusing due to so many small trails from people traveling in different directions, but if any confusion arises, simply ask someone nearby.
Adding To The HIke For Greater Views & Less People
Hiker also have the option to hit the living room, and continue hiking up along the ridge (an unnamed trail) further beyond the living room. It is pretty heavily traveled, and you’ll pass other chairs made and mini living rooms along the way before eventually reaching an absolutely stunning viewpoint. This part of the trail is pretty steep, and has a bit harder terrain, so it is only recommended for hikers with a little bit more experience.
This addition is about 0.7 miles and 600 feet higher than the living room, but is significantly less traveled. The views are incredible (see below).
Hiking The Living Room In Winter
This hike is accessible in winter, but traction in the form of microspikes should be brought due to icy conditions.
We have created an online map and GPX file you can download and see: View Living Room Hike Map and GPX File
This hike is located on the north end of Salt Lake City, making it a short drive from just about any hotels or AirBnbs in the city. You’ll even find people running to the trailhead, and running up to the living room from their homes in Salt Lake.
Current Weather Conditions:
Here is the detailed weather forecast for the next few days. We highly recommend you check out local weather the morning of your hike.
Emigration Canyon, UT
Mostly clear. Low around 52, with temperatures rising to around 54 overnight. Northeast wind around 7 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 58. South wind around 12 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 9 to 16 mph.
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 51. South southeast wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Directions & Parking
Directions to Main Trailhead. Parking is along the road for free.
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