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The “Living Room” Lookout

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The Living Room is a great viewpoint of the Salt Lake Valley with the rocks arranged to be seats. The trail begins up above the University of Utah near Red Butte Gardens.

The Living Room Trailhead doesn’t have designated parking, but there is plenty of parking along the street. It is a popular hike, and much of it is in the sun, so it’s best to go early or on a cooler day.

There are many times that the trail splits and meets again shortly afterwards. It’s helpful you you have a map, but there are usually plenty of people on the trail to ask if needed. Generally you head straight up towards the mountain, but it does veer slightly right after crossing the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. After you get up higher, the trail has a few switchbacks and is mostly clearly defined.

The wildflowers along this trail were very lovely.

One of the main features of this trail are the views of the Salt Lake Valley. You get one fairly early on and more as you go. The most expansive is at the top.

The trail continues up. My kids wanted to rest periodically. In the left image below you can look across and see the end of the trail. We were nearly there!

The Living Room has it’s name because the rocks have been arranged into seats to look at the view.

The kids enjoyed sitting in the different “chairs”, eating snacks, and appreciating the views.


Other hikes nearby are the Miller Park and Bonneville Glen Loop and Ensign Peak.

Stats: Distance – 2.3 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 1 to 3 hours
Elevation gain – 980 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks.
Bathrooms – Nearby the trailhead at office buildings or at the University
Seasons to hike – March – November
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Here is the map to the trailhead:

This trail is only about twelve minutes from the Block U on the hillside that represents the University of Utah. It used to be that you could hike to it, but development has gotten too close and they are restoring the vegetation, so now you just pull up to it.

Here is the address:

Check out some nearby trails listed below:

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