The short Salt Lake hike up to Ensign Peak is great for children and families. It is steep but is still a great little hike. It ends up at the top of Ensign Peak overlooking the valleys.
How to get there: The trailhead is at the top of a residential area above the Utah capitol building. From downtown Salt Lake City, drive on State Street north to the capitol, fork right and follow the road around to the northeast. It becomes East Capitol Boulevard. Follow it up the hill to the north and then turn left onto North Sandrun Road. Follow that road west to the LDS Church building. The trailhead is in the back of the church parking lot. Alternatively, you could drive to Ensign Vista Drive (turn left when you hit the end of North Sandrun Road and right to Ensign Vista Drive.
The Ensign Peak Memorial Garden is just north of the LDS Church building. It is a beautiful area. If you’ve parked at the church parking lot, you can walk through it and then make your way over to the trailhead. Either way, the Garden is just across the street from the trailhead.
The hike is about 1 mile total. Make sure to take plenty of water and maybe even a little snack or meal to eat once you get there!