Turtle Hill is a a fun place to find lizards and a great workout with views of Eagle Mountain, Utah. It is also called Turtle Peak.
The trail begins just beyond the parking for Eagle Mountain Petroglyphs and not too far from the Prayer Flags hike. It’s near Cory Wride Park.
This map shows how close the three hikes are. Blue is the Petroglyphs, Green the Prayer Flags and Red Turtle Hill.
Most of the way is paved, but the last little bit is a graded dirt road that nearly any car can handle. There is a large parking area, but this trail never gets busy. This path is wide enough for an ATV, but I just hiked it.
Here are more looking up ahead and turning around to look behind at the parking and the subdivision beyond.
It is very easy to know where to go since there aren’t any turn offs and the path is so wide.
I saw a desert cottontail rabbit or two hopping along, but they were too quick and had hopped out of sight before I had my camera ready.
This is definitely more of a desert landscape, but is still nice.
When you get to the top you can see all views all around. This first view is looking north.
These two are looking west. The first shows all the mountain biking trails around and the second is zoomed in so you have a better view of Mount Timpanogos and Utah Lake.
These are facing south and slightly southwest. It is interesting to me how the rectangular subdivisions are placed in seemingly random spots along the highway with large spaces between.
These are facing west.
You will probably see some wildlife. I wish I got pictures of the rabbits. I saw a Great Basin Gopher Snake. Thankfully they aren’t venomous and are unlikely to attack unless provoked. They help keep the rodent population in check.
There were lots of lizards. My kids would enjoy finding them along the trail.
Stats: Distance – 1.4 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 30-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 459 feet
Difficulty – Easy/Moderate
Trail – trail of dirt, rocks, and grass
Bathrooms – None
Seasons to hike – Year Round (would be hard to find with snow)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes