Hobbs Canyon Trail is a 2.1 mile, out-and-back hike up Hobbs Canyon. It is a very shaded trail through oak trees that mostly follows the north fork of Kays Creek and occassionally opens up to beautiful views of the county. This is a fairly easy hike but there a few steep climbs and the trail is a little overgrow in spots. The trailhead is unmarked and can be a little tricky to find but we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible so that you stay on the right trail. At approximately 6,000 feet, this canyon climb gives you about a 1,112 ft. elevation gain. This can be a pretty quick little hike if you start out on the right trail and we’re here to help you avoid our mistakes!
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Distance: 2.1 miles / Out-and-Back
Elevation Gain: 1,112 feet
Time: Up to 2 hours
Trail Type: Dirt, gravel, and rock
Parking: Layton Lookout (here)
Trailhead Coordinates: 41.106955,-111.904167
Getting there: This trail is on the border of Layton and South Weber. It is on the east side of Us-89 and with all the construction happening, you’ll have to cross US-89 at Gordon Avenue or Oak Hills Drive. If you are coming from the north, you’ll have to do a bit of backtracking once you are able to get east of 89 and onto Eastside Drive which turns into Valley View Drive, then follow that all the way to Layton Lookout.
This trail is unmarked and pretty tricky to find so please see our directions below with illustrated screenshots of Google Maps and a picture of the obscure trailhead (our trailhead coordinates will also take you there on Google if you’re having trouble). Once you start out on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, you’ll reach a fork in the trail, go left and you’ll be walking towards the cul-de-sac. If you go right at the fork and hit the stream, you’re going the wrong way…if you accidentally cross the stream, there is a misplaced sign for Hobbs Canyon that will take you the wrong direction.
This trail has some very dense vegetation that is overgrown onto the trail, so be careful of ticks and wear long sleeves and pants as an extra measure against these annoying hitchhikers.
There isn’t much at the end of the trail, but this was an enjoyable trek in the woods that will give you some great viewing spectacles such as the cool geological formations within the canyon, a nice view of Antelope Island across the valley, tons of trees (this will be a great hike for fall leaf viewing), and nice views of Davis County. It is not a heavily trafficked trail, and can give you a nice respite from your day-to-day hustle and bustle without too much time or effort.
For a detailed trail map and reviews on the Hobbs Canyon Trail, visit All Trails.
While visiting this trail, remember to practice #ResponsibleRecreation. Maintain social distancing, stay home if you are sick, keep dogs on a leash and pick up after them, and “pack it in – pack it out”. Please be mindful of others, be aware of your surroundings, and respect the locals (aka the wildlife). We’d love to see your photos, feel free to tag us (@discoverdavis) and have fun!
En route to and from this hike, you’ll pass right by Grounds for Coffee on Valley View Drive (once you’re east of US-89) and it’s the perfect stopping point, whether it’s before you’ve started your hike and forgot your snacks, or after you’ve finished your hike and you’re looking for a pre-lunch fixin’ then we’d highly recommend a frozen mocha or smoothie. Their menu includes bakery items, snacks, and even vegan options. They have a drive-thru or patio for however you’re feelin’ and it’s a purple building so you can’t miss it!