Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge Hike from Hidden Valley Park in Sandy, Utah
Blog Post - September 25, 2022
We got to hike to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge.
The suspension bridge is in Draper, Utah, but the hike starts from Hidden Valley Park in Sandy, Utah.
This is a 3.3 mile out and back moderate hike that takes you to a suspension bridge that was completed on July 1, 2015.
Doing this hike in the fall is absolutely beautiful.
This is a view of Hidden Valley Park from Google Earth. You can see there is a large parking lot and a big park.
As you pull up to Hidden Valley Park, you will see a stone sign.
The Hidden Valley Park does not have its own entrance from the street. You actually have to turn into the church parking lot and then take an immediate right into the park's parking lot.
As you pull into the parking lot, you'll see that there is plenty of parking.
There are also two bathrooms, a pavilion, and picnic tables.
The parking is free. You'll find the trailhead at the end of the parking lot.
We parked our car and headed towards the trailhead. You'll see the sidewalk end and a paved asphalt trail is where the trail starts.
You'll take the asphalt trail to the 2nd dirt trail and make a left.
You'll see the 1st dirt trail with a bench in front of it. Keep going to the 2nd dirt trail.
When you reach the 2nd dirt trail, make a left and follow that trail.
As you get to the end of this trail, you will make a left and follow that trail to a staircase on your right.
After going down the stairs, you will cross a bridge and head up a steep climb.
You'll pass certain rocks that will let you know you are heading in the right direction.
When the trail reaches the mouth of Bear Canyon, you'll see a fenced area and a sign for the Bear Canyon Trail. You don't turn here, but continue straight. This is where we will end up after taking the loop around.
As you keep heading down the trail you will have your first view of the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge.
You'll come up to a sign that shows all the trails that converge here, but just keep heading to the suspension bridge.
The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge is 185 feet across and 5 feet wide. This bridge was completed on July 1, 2015.
As you cross the suspension bridge there is a lot of creaking and swaying of the bridge. In the middle of the bridge, you have a beautiful view of the canyon.
As you get off the bridge, you follow the trail till you hit the fenced area. This is where you will turn left to follow the trail through the Watershed Area. There are no dogs allowed on this part of the trail.
This part of the trail has great views of the suspension bridge.
The trail eventually leads to the last bridge that goes over a small creek.
After crossing the bridge, you'll take some switchbacks that have great views of Bear Canyon.
As you get down to the fenced area, you will have completed the loop and you'll take a right back onto the same trail that goes back to the Hidden Valley Park.
Overall, we loved this hike. It's short enough that it wasn't too hard, but still steep enough to be challenging. Walking over the bridge was so fun and a unique experience. We'd highly recommend this hike.
There parking is free so we didn't spend anything on this hike.
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- Wear shoes with good grip or hiking shoes.
- Bring lots of water and some snacks