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The Living Room

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 4.2 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short, moderately steep hike up Red Butte with sandstone slab furniture and great views of the Salt Lake Valley.


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Out and Back

5,977' 1,822 m

High

5,017' 1,529 m

Low

960' 293 m

Up

959' 292 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views

Overview

The Living Room Trail is a short, fairly steep, but moderately easy hike to a great viewpoint on Red Butte overlooking the Salt Lake Valley. At the viewpoint, you'll see "furniture" created by other hikers out of the large flat sandstone slabs. There are several "chairs" and "couches" complete with armrests and ottomans. The rock furniture is a surprisingly comfortable place to relax while you take in the view—a total view from the very north end to the very south end of the Salt Lake Valley.

Description

The trail itself is fairly steep, but it is a hike that can be done easily with kids. It gains about 8-900 feet in elevation over its mile-long distance. The trail also acts as water drainage during a storm, so there are spots along the trail, especially near the beginning, that are narrow and have steep V-shaped ruts that the water has carved out. The trail is fairly rocky overall, so be mindful of rolled ankles. There are several other hiking and nature trails in the area, so be sure you're on the right one!

There is basically zero shade cover here, so hiking this trail in summer months can be a brutal exercise in heat endurance. Make sure to bring plenty of water. The best time of year to do this hike is in the fall when the leaves start turning.

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Shared By:

Dave N with improvements by Liz

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  4.2 from 23 votes

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Views from the top. Sandstone "chair" in lower right corner. Photo taken last day of September.
Oct 1, 2017 near Salt La…, UT
The Living Room above SLC.
Apr 17, 2016 near Salt La…, UT
Running down toward the bottom of the George's Hollow Trail, near the Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Jun 7, 2018 near Salt La…, UT

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May 25, 2020
Daniel Harmuth
May 2, 2020
ETHAN TAMEZ
Aspen made the full loop. 1st 2.3mi — 1h 40m
Apr 11, 2020
Brad Hunter
Dry. Busy 2.4mi — 10h 00m
Apr 11, 2020
Eric Tamez
Mar 17, 2020
James Forwood
Ice in the low ground as you head up. Took the ridge line back to avoid — good plan! 2.7mi — 2h 25m
Mar 15, 2020
Jake Westover
Nov 3, 2019
Courtney K
Aug 27, 2019
Kosha Sheth