Summary: Kenney Creek trail is one of the nicest trails I have enjoyed here in Utah. In the spring you will enjoy wild flowers and the snowy views of the distant mountains. During the summer it is an escape from the heat below and during the fall the colors are incredible. From Kenny Creek you can connect with the Great western Trail or just enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley below
Trailhead: In Bountiful, take Bountiful Blvd. To 1800 South. Turn on Mueller Park Road. There are two trails which begin at the trail head . The Kenney Creek Trail is on the north side of the paved road. Parking is limited at trail head. Restrooms and picnic facilities available. In the summer there is a $5 entrance fee. (Lat:40.8634 Lon:-111.833376)
Trail Guides for Kenney Creek Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest 125 South State Street Salt lake City Utah 84138
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Matty Ross, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Aubrey on 6/24/2012
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Reviewed by Graham on 7/26/2009
Trail head was fairly well marked, simply continue up the road past the gatehouse and it will be on your left hand side (steps with a wooden trail marker). You can avoid the $6 fee (price went up) by simply parking somewhere down the road and walking to the trail. The trail was quite overgrown and became impassible (bushwhacking required) when I went in late July 09, but that was probably due to the unusually wet season we've had this year.
Reviewed by JT on 11/17/2008
I hike it all the time, and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the old plane crash in Willey Creek. I is an exhausting bushwhack, but an interesting scene.
Reviewed by D Lo on 8/21/2007
Great hike, great workout. The trail is very steep most of the way, but keep pushing through the end is worth it and the views on the way are amazing, when you start seeing aspen trees you are almost there. Even with the frequent rest stops I took, this hike only took me just over an hour and a half to the miner's cabin. I saw several deer along the trail, but other than that and the lizards there wasn't a single other person. A nice quiet hike.
Reviewed by Ron on 4/12/2007
Be aware that this trail dead ends soon after it crosses the Willey Canyon stream (trickle)in heavy brush on the eastern ridge of Willey Hollow near Mill Creek at the base of the hollow(which is south of the disappearing trail). The Kenney Creek trail does not follow the ridge of Session mountain as it is drawn here so don't be fooled. The hike is awesome, though and you really get the feeling you are back 100 years ago or more when these hills were filled with miners looking for who knows what? You can still find old mining artifacts here and there if you look close. There are even some iron rails strewn around up there but they are hard to find. I found some about a half mile east of where the trail ends as I was bushwacking through.
Reviewed by Susan on 11/3/2006
I have enjoyed this hike and the views. I'm sorry rec had to pay $2.00. When I told the person at the gate that I was only going hiking they didn't charge me. This is a steep trail and I like the exercise I get while hiking it. How often can you get such great scenery while working out!
Reviewed by rec on 8/14/2005
When I lived in Bountiful in the early 90's I loved the Kenney Creek trail. For weeks I would hike up every day, usually just a few miles, but occassionaly up to the cabin or farther. I recently returned to northern Utah and was shocked to learn that just to walk past the guard station was $2.00. What was once a daily enjoyable hiking experience in no longer possible for persons of limited financial means. The lower Mueller park trail is free, but personally I like to stay away from all the mountain bikers for saftey reasons. The Kenney creek is a hike and horse trail only which makes it a nice wilderness experience close to the city. To bad fees accompanied by an unprofessional staff have tainted the experience for daily hikers.
Reviewed by Eric on 10/18/2004
This trail is steep! There is also an area as you reach the pipeline where late summer growth has covered up the trail. Don't follow the vague trail to the left along the fenced in area - stay to the right and cross the little stream and bushwhack for about 50 ft until you find the trail. One other caveat, I went out with the intention of connecting to the GWT, but couldn't find the trail after reaching the old miner's cabin. From there I found a faint trail that led to an old switchback that drops into Willey Hollow. Once you get into the Hollow it is a bushwhack all the way - not recommended. The only way out is back up the switchback or bushwhack down to Mueller Park - not fun! The hike to the cabin is great - well worth it.
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