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Wardsworth Trail | Hobble Creek Canyon

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2020)

We found a wonderful new family-friendly hike in Hobble Creek Canyon. The Wardsworth Trail is shady, flat, easy, and walks along the creek through the canyon. We highly recommend this trail in the Fall. The Fall colors are beautiful!

The leaves were just beginning to change when we hiked this trail.

Hike Info

  • Distance: 6.3 miles RT (we only did 3.0 miles RT)
  • Rating: Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 700 feet
  • Dog-friendly: Yes
  • Tips: This trail is also used for mountain biking and horseback riding. There is limited parking, so go early and avoid weekends.

Wardsworth Trail begins at a small parking lot in Hobble Creek Canyon. There is a sign and a gate where the trail begins. The hike follows the creek right from the start.

There is a small parking area by the trailhead and along the road.
The trail starts through this gate.

This hike is really easy, although it does slowly climb as you follow the narrow stream. We didn’t notice the climb except for two small hills. The walk is so pleasant through the shady trees and next to the mountains.

The hike was lovely.

One of the reasons we enjoyed this trail is because of the creek. It’s so peaceful bubbling next to you as you hike. There are a few crossings that are fun, too. As you follow the trail, there are also plenty of opportunities to get close to the water and play or throw rocks.

Some boards were sturdier than others across the creek.
We stopped to throw rocks and look for fish.
We loved being so close to the creek the entire hike.

Wardworth Trail is quite dusty from being well-traveled by horses, dogs, and people, but we didn’t find the trail to be very crowded. In fact, we mostly had the trial to ourselves on Labor Day when we hiked, and passed only a few bikes and a several other families.

The trail is super shady.
The scenery is beautiful.
We were startled by a few cows, but we heard that some people have seen bears on this trail. We didn’t see any bears, just a few birds and squirrels.

The trail goes on for about 6.0 miles, but you can walk along and turn around when you are ready. We turned around at the Dry Creek Canyon sign which is 1.5 miles in, so we hiked 3.0 miles. Next time we go, we hope to make it a little further.

This is the spot where we decided to turn around.
Wardsworth Trail is very green and shady.

The leaves were just beginning to change on the mountainside, and this trail is gorgeous in the Fall. We really loved the Wardsworth trail, especially since it’s so family-friendly. For some other ideas on great Fall hikes, visit our Favorite Fall Hikes post.

It is beautiful in the Fall.
This hike is perfect for the whole family.
Our friend sent us this picture of the Wardsworth Trail the last week of September. Gorgeous!

Directions

Take 1-15 to exit 260 in Springville. Head east toward the mountains on 400 S. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Canyon Dr. Follow Canyon Drive for about 5.0 miles. Once you pass the golf course, take the next right onto the Right Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon. 7.3 miles from this junction, the Wadsworth Trail will be on the left hand side of the road where the road changes from pavement to gravel.

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