Kays Creek Parkway

Utah

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Kays Creek Parkway Facts

States: Utah
Counties: Davis
Length: 2.72 miles
Trail end points: Hobbs Reservoir and Hidden Hollow Drive
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 11625720
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Kays Creek Parkway Description

The trail stretches from Hidden Hollow Drive up to Hobbs Reservoir (or Hobbs Pond, as it is locally called). For drivers, the Adam J. Welker Trailhead about the trail's midpoint is a good place to start but the trail was designed to be easy and inviting access for neighbors, with access points at several locations along the route. These include Hidden Hollow Drive, Canyon View Drive and E. 2750 N. Street (or the Oak Forest trailhead). The trail is paved and offers beautiful views of the pond as well as a chance to see resident wildlife like deer and foxes,  but it does feature inclines that may be challenging for some users.

At Hidden Hollow Drive, the trail begins on the floor of Hobbs Canyon and makes a gentle ascent to the main trailhead, passing by a reedy marsh along the way. Past that, the trail continues its gentle climb up to a fork in the path. The right branch is actually the access spur from Oak Forest Trailhead, and features a challenging 1000 foot climb back to street level. The left branch is the continuation of the trail towards the reservoir, but it also rises sharply along the sides of the earthen dam and further to the Canyon View access point. From either branch, one can enjoy views of the lake's still water, framed by dense trees and the Wasach mountains in the background.

Hobbs Reservoir is fenced off and requires visitors to sign in to enter. The trail skirts the north shore of the lake, a shaded mild incline up to the trail's dead-end. There is a low bridge over Kays Creek near that endpoint, a narrow, bubbling rivulet. The only place left to go is back to where you started, but thankfully, it's all downhill from there.

Parking and Trail Access

The Adam J. Welker trailhead features parking and is located at 2721 North 2125 East, Layton, Utah. In addition, there are other neighborhood access points: 

  • Canyon View Trailhead - 2360 East Canyon View Drive
  • Oak Forest Trailhead - 2459 East 2750 North
  • Hidden Hollow Trailhead  - 2210 Hidden Hollow Drive

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