Grandeur Peak West

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah

Elevation Gain3,071ft
Trailhead Elevation8,288ft
Elevation Min/Max5241/8288ft
Elevation Start/End8288/8288ft

Grandeur Peak West

Grandeur Peak West is a hiking trail in Mount Olympus, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 8,288 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,071 feet. The trail ends near Grandeur Peak (elevation 8,222 feet). This trail connects with the following: Grandeur Peak East.

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Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Dayna Stern
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"After the ski season and before the summer kicks in, Grandeur Peak is a favorite conditioning hike. Dogs love this hike because it runs along Church Fork Creek for the first mile and is busy with other dogs, hikers, and wildlife."
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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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."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Greg Witt
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"Grandeur Peak delivers a lot of bang for the buck. One of the most easily accessible peaks along the Wasatch Front, it offers both great trail conditions and commanding views in all directions."
Best Hikes Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides)
Lori J. Lee
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"Church Fork picnic grounds welcome you with the sounds of a cascading waterfall— one of the nicest approaches to a trailhead. The popular and busy Grandeur Peak Trail takes you to overlooks of the Wasatch Front and surrounding canyons and valleys. The waterfall and stream flow generously in spring, making the trail especially pleasant. Fall brings gorgeous color, and all seasons bring great views across Mill Creek and the Wasatch Front. The hike climbs up Church Fork to the Mill Creek Ridge and then up to Grandeur Peak for the final 360-degree view. The first mile is nicely shaded; the rest of the trail is exposed and open, which results in great views, but you may want to hike this trail in the early morning or evening to avoid full sun exposure during midday."

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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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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Skill Level
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, (385) 468-1800; Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City 84121.
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Aire, Sugar House; Trails Illustrated Wasatch Front (709).
Local Maps

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