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Grab your backpack: Top places to hike in Utah

There are many different hiking trails located in Utah that may be attractive to visit.

There are many different hiking trails located in Utah that may be attractive to visit.

When you are getting your moving containers packed and planning a date with your moving company to move to Utah, it might be a good plan to see what aspects of your interests that the Beehive State offers. If you are an avid hiker, you're in luck. The state has many different trails that could be exactly what you are looking for. So, if this seems like a good place to get away for a weekend trip, don't forget to bring your backpack and​ trail mix!

Mount Timpanogos Summit
Whether you are in Salt Lake City, Provo or somewhere in between, you may have the perfect hiking destination at your disposal. This area is the home of the Mount Timpanogos Summit, which is perfect for a long, scenic hike. According to Deseret News, this trail is more than 10 miles long. If you plan to bring friends, make sure not to take too many, as it may be easier to traverse the trail with fewer than 10 people. Also, be certain to leave your bike at home, as this is a walking only trail.

Timpanookee Trail
Heading slightly northwest will bring you to the American Fork Canyon. Located here is the Timpanookee Trail, which is approximately 17 miles round-trip, according to UtahValley.com. This trail may be better for the more advanced hikers, as it is nearly 5,000 feet to the top. However, the high altitude can allow you to see a vivid panorama of the area below. There are also many interesting rock formations on the trail that can give you a bit of insight on the area's natural history.

Provo River Parkway
Traveling more south toward Provo will get you to the Provo River Parkway trail. This spot has many different aspects that have made it popular over the years, including many different areas to fish, according to Deseret News. If angling isn't your thing, you can check out Bridal Veil Falls or one of the several area parks along the hike. Cycling is allowed at this trail, and its lack of serious incline can make it an enjoyable ride. This also may be a good spot if you want to get to Utah Lake, as a part of the trail can bring you there.

Windy Pass Trail
If you are in Provo, there is a nearby trail that is fun for those who are really big hiking enthusiasts. The Windy Pass Trail is at Rock Canyon, and spans seven miles, according to UtahValley.com. This trail is steep throughout many sections, and it rises several thousand feet. The first section of the trail is shaded, which can make starting out easier, but it can pick up in clearings afterward. This can give you a notable view of the valley once at the top, though you may have to work for it a bit.

Albion Basin
If you are looking for a way to get to see many different kinds of animals on your hiking trip, then it may be a good idea to travel along the Albion Basin. This is located in Alta, and is a bit more off of the beaten path than some of the other trails. According to Deseret News, this location has many deer, and you also may run into Hummingbirds. It is near the Alta Ski Area in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which may be a good destination for those who want many options. This area has multiple spots to start, as well as a number of sub trails that could be fun.