North Canyon Trail starts in Bountiful, and the end of Canyon Creek Drive. It actually makes a 13 mile loop up to a lookout called Rudy's Flat (at 4 mi), down to Elephant Rock (aka Big Rock) and then down to Mueller Park. We didn't do the full loop as we only had three hours for our journey.
The highlight of the morning was just the sheer volume of Swainson's Thrushes. They were everywhere. We started laughing because we'd see a bird on the trail--holding our breaths we'd look to see what it was. Every time it was a Swainson's Thrush. If you'd like to enjoy the ethereal song of this bird and study all of its different calls, this is the place to go. Our conservative count over the 2 miles was 17 individuals.
There were also several CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHERS singing their cheerful high-pitched dee--whip! One posed for us on the way up, and we found him in the exact same place on the way back down.
We ran in to a few RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES up in the higher elevations.
Up at the top where we stopped to enjoy the view and turn around, a flock of CASSIN'S FINCHES flew overhead. While we hadn't rustled up any grouse, we stopped and enjoyed the view and made plans to come back up to this beautiful place. It was hard to turn around and leave.
Other than dealing with the rocks on the road, the trail is fairly easy, with a mild ascent and switchbacks. I'd consider it to be a moderate trail because of the elevation gain. The trail is shaded most of the way with changes in habitat from scrub oak/maple to conifer forest. If you're interested in going, e-mail me if you need further directions. I'm also considering leading a field trip up there, so if you're interested in going as a group, let me know! Maybe we can plan a little longer hike, get in to the higher elevations and rustle up some grouse. I have run on to grouse before on this trail, however, it was a few years ago before I was a birder, so I don't know if they were Dusky or Ruffed. There seems to be a healthy population of both in the general area.
Our full eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14508277