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Highland Glen Nature Loop

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There are multiple accessible trails, both dirt and paved, near Highland Glen Pond with trees and wildlife.

You can start the trail from any point that is convenient, but I will begin on the north side of the lake, near the biggest parking area. Just east of the parking there is a large grassy field where I have seen people picnic, throw a football, or have family pictures. Next to that is a sand volleyball court and pavilion.

Continuing there is a drinking fountain where some beautiful blue scrub jays were drinking and playing.

At the fountain, you can either continue around the lake on the paved trail, or take one of the packed earth detours. I’ll explain the beautiful detour first. The sign reads, “Looped Trail”. As you walk through you come to a few shaded benches.

After you turn the corner there are some stone steps leading up. These photos are from the bottom and top.

After rain there is a waterfall here.

If you head up, you see Lone Peak High School.

Back on the main loop trail, there are more benches and little bridges.

There is a double row of seating like a tiny ampitheater.

There is a bit of poison oak mixed in with the other plants, so stay on the trail.

The path then returns to the main paved trail, just on the opposite side of the drinking fountain. This first view is looking directly south along the paved trail and the second is looking southeast, closer to the water. Right now the water levels are lower than they are most of the year.

Around the retaining wall, there is a paved path up to Lone Peak High School.

There are more benches to enjoy the views and a couple piers for fishing.

Here is the view from the east side of the lake.

There was a little black bunny in the bushes on the southwest corner of Highland Glen Pond. The Murdock Canal Trail is a 17-mile paved path from Lehi to Orem and part of the trail passes through Highland Glen Park. We took it heading south from the corner of the lake.

The trail passes a playground, lots of picnic tables, a fire pit and more benches. You can either continue south on the Murdock Canal Trail, or take the loop to return back towards the parking lot.

Of course the highlight of Highland Glen Park is the pond and it’s wildlife.

Fishing is popular on the pond.

In the summer Mallard Duck Males lose their vibrant colors and to look a lot like females.

The way you can tell the difference between males and females is from the color of their beaks. Males have bright yellow and females have orange and brown beaks.

Before winter the drakes will molt again to regain their brilliant colors for mating season!

There are lots of color and duck varieties at Highland Glen Pond.

Highland Glen Pond is a beautiful destination in all seasons.

Stats: Distance – 0-1 miles
Approximate hiking time – 0-30 minutes
Elevation gain – 10 feet (25 feet if you take the pathway up the hill)
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – paved and packed dirt
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons – Year Round (winter post)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

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For more accessible trails, click here. Other trails nearby are Knight Rider Trail, Alpine Poppies (May and June), Three Falls, and the Canyon Nature Trail.

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