Parks, Trails, and Open Space
"Sandy is unique in that it incorporates mountain living in an urban setting. The many parks and extensive trail system is what sets Sandy apart from other nearby cities, and their preservation has been a stated priority for Sandy residents. Land is becoming a scarce resource, therefore our parks and open spaces must be protected. We must also seek to acquire new open space as our population increases to give all residents a place for recreation."
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
This trail is fairly easy and low-impact, and great for kids. You will probably meet other hikers along the way, as well as a few mountain bikers. Dogs are permitted on leash only. This trail offers unobstructed views of the entire Salt Lake Valley, from downtown to the point of the mountain.
Start at the trail head located in Hidden Valley Park (2860 Wasatch Blvd.) and take the trail south towards Draper. After about 45 minutes of gentle hiking you will come to the Bear Canyon suspension bridge. You can hike further into Draper, but if you choose to turn around at this point, you should be able to complete the hike in about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
NORTH RIM TRAIL -
DIMPLE DELL PARK
This is another fairly easy and low-impact trail, great for kids and dogs (on leash of course). You will probably meet other trail-blazers along the way, as well as people on horseback, mountain bikers...and wildlife if you're lucky. And did I mention the views of the Wasatch mountain range are spectacular? Just don't wear sandals as the trail is made of wood chips that inevitably make their way into your shoes.
Start at the Mount Jordan trail head located near 3015 East Mt. Jordan Road. The trail runs south and west along the north side of the park for about 5.3 miles. We made it about 1.5 miles in about 45 minutes before our 5 year old needed us to turn around and walk back. Still it was a great little hike.