Lone Peak Wilderness Trails

Sandy, Utah

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Two access routes from Salt Lake City–Provo flank Lone Peak Wilderness: on the north, Little Cottonwood Canyon, and on the south, American Fork Canyon. In addition to the dirt road to Silver Lake, narrow paved roads lead to wilderness trailheads. Lone Peak Wilderness was designated in 1978. It was the first and in many ways is still the best of the trio of wilderness areas southeast of Salt Lake City. Sharply defined canyons cut through thick, scrubby brush at lower elevations. Rocky peaks such as Little Matterhorn (11,326 feet) and Lone Peak (11,253 feet) can be seen from all over the Great Salt Lake Basin. Water is not a problem on most of the hikes in Lone Peak Wilderness. Trails follow streams, with lakes as destinations. Even drier routes such as the Box Elder Trail (Trail 044) frequently cross creekbeds. Snow is more likely to put a damper on hiking. Most of the highcountry does not melt out until late June, and even then you will come across snow in shaded and sheltered areas. This trail guide includes descriptions of Red Pine Lake, and Silver Lake Trail.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Two access routes from Salt Lake City–Provo flank Lone Peak Wilderness: on the north, Little Cottonwood Canyon, and on the south, American Fork Canyon. In addition to the dirt road to Silver Lake, narrow paved roads lead to wilderness trailheads. Lone Peak Wilderness was designated in 1978. It was the first and in many ways is still the best of the trio of wilderness areas southeast of Salt Lake City. Sharply defined canyons cut through thick, scrubby brush at lower elevations.

Rocky peaks such as Little Matterhorn (11,326 feet) and Lone Peak (11,253 feet) can be seen from all over the Great Salt Lake Basin. Water is not a problem on most of the hikes in Lone Peak Wilderness. Trails follow streams, with lakes as destinations. Even drier routes such as the Box Elder Trail (Trail 044) frequently cross creekbeds. Snow is more likely to put a damper on hiking. Most of the highcountry does not melt out until late June, and even then you will come across snow in shaded and sheltered areas. This trail guide includes descriptions of Red Pine Lake, and Silver Lake Trail.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandy
Distance: 5.25
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,140 feet
Top Elevation: 11,326 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District; Uinta National Forest, Pleasant Grove Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Draper, Dromedary Peak, Lehi, Timpanogos Cave, Brighton
Driving Directions: Directions to Lone Peak Wilderness Trails

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