Grandeur Peak Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Grandeur Peak is a favorite among residents of Salt Lake City simply because of its commanding position above the city. It is the last peak on the ridge separating Mill Creek Canyon from Parleys Canyon, and it seems to stand like a sentinel over South Salt Lake, watching every move in the city below. At 8,299 feet above sea level the peak is not particularly high, but from the ground it looks very imposing and many a resident of southeast Salt Lake has felt compelled to climb Grandeur just for the opportunity to view his neighborhood from the air. The summit of Grandeur Peak is an especially fun place to be at sunset on a night with a full moon. As the sun sheds its last light on the valley the lights of the city slowly start to flicker on, until eventually the entire valley is aglow with the beacons of human activity. The moonlit descent down the upper portion of the trail is easy, but you will need a flashlight for the last 0.7 mile through the darker recesses of Church Fork Canyon.
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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Grandeur Peak is a favorite among residents of Salt Lake City simply because of its commanding position above the city. It is the last peak on the ridge separating Mill Creek Canyon from Parleys Canyon, and it seems to stand like a sentinel over South Salt Lake, watching every move in the city below. At 8,299 feet above sea level the peak is not particularly high, but from the ground it looks very imposing and many a resident of southeast Salt Lake has felt compelled to climb Grandeur just for the opportunity to view his neighborhood from the air.

The summit of Grandeur Peak is an especially fun place to be at sunset on a night with a full moon. As the sun sheds its last light on the valley the lights of the city slowly start to flicker on, until eventually the entire valley is aglow with the beacons of human activity. The moonlit descent down the upper portion of the trail is easy, but you will need a flashlight for the last 0.7 mile through the darker recesses of Church Fork Canyon.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 2,340 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,960 feet
Top Elevation: 8,299 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch - Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Aire, Sugar House
Driving Directions: Directions to Grandeur Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/16/2005
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The view from the top was awesome. However, while we were hiking our car was broken into. Unfortunately, it wasn't an isolated incident. Within 2 days of our problem, at least 3 other cars were broken into at Mill Creek Canyon. All of the canyons in the area present perfect opportunities for this as they're only a short distance from the city. It's a good hike but BE CAREFUL!



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