Tom’s Experience hiking the Sunset Trail:
The Sunset Trail is one of the more popular hiking trails in Farmington, Utah. It is also known as the Farmington Creek Trail.
The trail is 1.6 miles from the lower trailhead to the upper trailhead which climbs about 900 feet and can be done one-way if you have a shuttle. Otherwise you have to hike 3.2 miles round trip.
As you start off this hike from the lower trailhead there is a small cave that you will pass where many people have had fires. The trail is a little overgrown in a few areas but it’s never too bad. The trail follows Farmington Creek up the canyon, (the largest stream in Davis County) but the majority of the hike is a ways above the creek so it isn’t very easy to get to.
You will pass one smaller waterfall just off the trail as you cross a stream about half way up. The larger, 40 foot waterfall is below the trail closer to the other end. This waterfall is difficult to reach the bottom and can be easily missed if you are focusing too much on the trail because it is so off-to-the-side. The general trail was really easy to follow with only one fork that leads to many primitive camp spots.
There are also two old cars that are riddled with bullet holes near the trail towards the top trailhead. Most of the trail is really well covered with trees to help keep the temperature down in the summer and would make for a great autumn hike.
Dogs are allowed on this trail. This is a great trail to catch as the sun is setting and watch the sunset as you are heading from the upper trailhead down to the lower trailhead. This canyon is a popular feeding area for deer and moose so keep an eye out for wildlife.
Trail Info: Drive to 400 N. 100 E in Farmington, Utah. Turn north on 100 E and follow this road until it becomes Farmington Canyon Road. Follow this road 1.6 miles up, over a bridge, until you reach a dirt parking lot on the right, just as the paved road changes to dirt. You will pass a parking area on the right which leads to a dirt road but that is not the correct spot. The real dirt parking lot isn’t very large but has room for about 5 cars. This is the lower trailhead. The upper trailhead can be reached by car by following Farmington Canyon Road another 4 miles until you reach the Sunset Campground. There is a small sign at the upper trailhead letting you know which way for the Sunset Trail.
Lower Trailhead = 41.000345,-111.866387
Sunset Trail Campground = 41.002131,-111.840388
Upper Waterfall = 41.000411,-111.843173
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