Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy Moderate (.8 mile round trip with uphill climb to top, rocks to climb and explore on top)
Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved Antelope Island. I don’t even have a particularly good reason. I think it just felt magical to me. So close to home, yet you feel like you are on some grand adventure. I’ve loved going back as an adult and taking my kids. The views are grand, you will most likely spot some wildlife, and there are rocks for climbing, and beaches to explore.
Buffalo Point Trail is a great family friendly hike. It isn’t very long (.4 miles one way so just under a mile round trip) and the views at the top, along with all the fun rocks to climb and explore, makes it a great place to take your family on an adventure. We most recently went last July in the evening and it was perfect, this is a great sunset hike in the summer. This trail doesn’t really have shade so it is best to go in the morning or evening during the summer. Spring can be a great time to go to Antelope Island as well, but make sure you check their website or call ahead and make sure you aren’t going to be there during biting gnat season, trust me it isn’t fun. (Biting gnat season is usually April-June) As with any hike it is always important to be prepared. Bug spray, sunscreen, water and snacks are always important. When my daughter was younger it was always important we had a carry option as well. After finally learning to walk at 18 months, she had only a couple of months walking experience by the time we went on this hike. I carried her up to the point, but she was very anxious to get out and explore and climb, then she went back in my baby carrier on the way down. Little children with limited walking experience can tire quickly so this is a good thing to remember if you are taking them with you, make sure you have a comfortable option to carry them if needed.
Here are some pictures and highlights. I can’t wait to share some other great trails Antelope Island has to offer.
Here is the link to the Antelope Island State Park website with maps of trails and other info.