Summary: The Bair canyon trail Is an awesome hiking trail but is a little tougher than average This trail is also the site of the infamous Bair Gutsman race, a 10 mile mountain race held here each year in august. Bair Canyon is also a nice approach to the Great Western Trail and Mt. Francis. This trail is still one of the undiscovered wonders of the Wasatch mountains. Hiking this trail, one enjoys the peaceful sounds of the creek cascading it’s way down the mountain. Small picnic or camp spots can be found along the way to rest or spend the night. The trial is steepest near the top but the reward is incredible when you see the view of the Great Salt lake and the mountains to the west. So weather you are training for an extreme endurance race of just a lazy hike in the mountains you can find it on the Bair trail.
Trailhead: From Highway 89 in the Kaysville Fruit Heights area Turn on to Mountain road, proceeded east on East Oaks drive Turn left on 1800 East. At the end of the road you will see a sign that reads “Trail Head parking” Turn right you will find good parking at the top of a steep lane where the trail begins. (Lat:41.03022 Lon:-111.89762)
Trail Guides for Bair Canyon Trail:
by Dave Hall and Ann Seifert (Falcon Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Ogden Ranger District 507 25th Street, Suite 103, Ogden, Utah 84401; 801-625-511
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Dave on 6/28/2016
What an adventure! I grew up in Kaysville, but have lived outside of Utah for 20 years. While visiting, I suggested to my son (17) that we hike Francis Peak via Baer Canyon. Mom could pick us up at the top. Last minute plan change to have my wife drop us off at the peak and we would hike down. Eight hours later, having missed the trail and bushwhacking our way across the mountain, we were met by some fine gentlemen and lady from Davis County Mountain Rescue. By this time, we had finally found the trail, but we were very appreciative of the water and sugar snacks. Hats off to the team that dropped everything to come find us on request from my wife.
Reviewed by Helen on 4/8/2015
Hiked it this past weekend (4/4/2015). It needs a little trimming towards the top (I wore capris and my calves are pretty scratched up) but otherwise the trail is in great shape!! Didn't quite make it to the top. Probably would have taken my group about 4-5 hours to do so (we were moving pretty slow). Incredible views, quiet with few people (because it's so steep), and there's a geocache hidden most of the way up.
Reviewed by Stephen on 6/24/2014
Did it last night. June 23 2014. A little overgrown at the fern section. the 2 rivers crossings are managable. 1:45 to the Radar Towers. 1 hour down to Parking lot. 2:45 total.
Reviewed by TL on 8/19/2013
Hiked to the top this weekend. Beautiful hike, and challenging! Watch out for the hive of yellow jackets right after the third crossing. They have built their nest in a tree that had fallen across the trail. Four individuals in our group of 8 got bit, one of which 11 times! I don't believe they appreciated our presence. Beeeeee careful!
Reviewed by Brooke on 9/22/2012
Beautiful hike!!! I'm about 3/4 of the way up, with my companion Dodge, and it's challenging but wonderful!! I would like to continue but didn't bring enough provisions. Next year I'll make it to the top!
Reviewed by DM on 7/28/2012
I like this hike since there is few other hikers to run into. It is a fun hike that is not to boring. I had not hiked it in around 8 years, and just took my 7yr old son on this hike a couple of days ago. He had no problem keeping up and he was very excited about how well he did on it. We made it the 3rd crossing and it was a great time without any hard obstacles. Would like to go by myself and go to the top next time.
Reviewed by Eva on 7/6/2012
My husband and I are in our late twenties and both in pretty good shape. This hike was definately one of the hardest I've done.(I just got started hiking). It was so beautful and felt like such an accomplishment to get up to those radar towers. Coming down was kind of rough on my knees but overall this hike was amazing and We will do it many more times. It took us just under 7 hours and we saw very very few people along the way.
Reviewed by ZR on 8/16/2010
I am 37 and in good shape. This trail is a moderate hike in the shade for the 1st half of it. Then it's no shade, wind, sun and steep as hell. I made it to the top by the radar towers in 3 hours and 45 minutes. I went through 6 liters of water and a meal. This hike was tough but rewarding. Thank God my wife came and picked me up on the road or I don't know if I would have made it down. I understand it to be 7 miles each way. Take lots of water.
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