The plethora of hikes in around Salt Lake could keep you busy forever. In fact, since moving here and hiking almost every weekend, I have only repeated two hikes once - there's just too much to explore. The weather was perfect - low 60s - and the sun was shining. Unfortunately we only had about 2 hours before sunset, so we were looking for something quick and close. Since moving to Farmington, UT, we haven't really explored much in the canyons north of Salt Lake. Enter the perfect quick hike: Parrish Creek to Parrish Pictographs.
After arriving at the trailhead, we took off straight up. About halfway up the canyon, we realized that this probably wasn't the right way. I didn't really research trail directions - I thought we would wing it. We headed back down and tried out another trail. Luckily this one was headed in the right direction. Take a left from the parking lot, and then head up. You should be following Parrish Creek!
The trail was narrow in some places and did require some scrambling. When you get to the small waterfall, keep going up! You will walk right above the creek for the rest of the way until you reach a couple large boulders. Scramble over the top and you'll see the pictographs under an overhang.
From what I read, these were pictographs left by ancient Fremont people. Unfortunately some of the pictographs had been defaced by careless idiotic people. There are still some pictographs that are in great condition though. You can get SO close to these, but please don't touch!
On our way back down, we got an amazing view of the sunset over Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake with Centerville in the foreground.
I'm excited to hike more of the lesser known canyons in the area. Most of the trails are dog friendly, unlike Big and Little Cottonwood which are watersheds.