Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Hike the Y Trail
Hiking the Y should be one of the main items on your bucket list when looking for things to do in Provo. As far as provo hikes are concerned, it is definitely the most well known hike there is. Although you can continue up past the y and hike to the top of Y Mountain, we’ve included below only the information needed to the hike up to the Y.
Distance: 1.2 miles to the Y from the trail head, or 2.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Difficulty: Opinions vary greatly on this one, so, we’ll say anywhere from easy to very hard
Description: Although not a very long hike, the trail to the BYU Y does go up a very steep part of the mountain. There are 12 switchbacks that do make the ascent easier, and to the experienced hiker, it isn’t very difficult. However, the great thing about this hike is that it attracts all types of people, and so some may find it rather difficult to climb. There are many areas where you can stop to take a break and catch your breath. The view from the Y is very much worth the short distance it takes to get there.
Directions: From 900 E in Provo, turn east (toward the mountains) on 820 North and follow it as it veers left and becomes Oakmont Lane. Take a right on Oak Cliff Drive and veer right. Take a right on Terrace Drive and a left to head into the “Y” Trailhead parking lot.
Directions: Head north on Hwy 189 (University Avenue) which will take you up Provo Canyon. If traveling from Salt Lake City on I-15, take Orem's 800 North exit 272 and head east to Provo Canyon. From Park City and Heber Valley area take Hwy 40 to Hwy 189. If traveling to Provo from southern Utah exit 263 (Hwy 189) head north.
Driving time: Bridal Veil Falls is about 10 miles from Provo’s Center Street, 15 minutes away.
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