Grandeur Peak West Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Dayna Stern, Best Hikes With Dogs: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--David Day, Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"On top, you’ll enjoy great views of the entire Salt Lake Valley, from the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island on the northwest to Point of the Mountain on the south. To the west lies Deseret Peak, due north is Ogden Peak with its silver-domed transmitting station, and to the northeast is Mountain Dell Reservoir. Far off in the distance eastward, the bare-topped High Uintas reach skyward. Mount Raymond and Gobblers Knob dominate the southeast view, with rugged Mount Olympus to the southwest."
--Steve Mann & Rhett Olson, 100 Hikes in Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Lori J. Lee, Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides).
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