Mount Aire Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,634 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,262 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near Mount Aire (elevation 8,602 feet).
Mount Aire Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Mount Aire, the most prominent peak in Parleys Canyon, is a moderate tour with a straightforward approach and numerous options for a fun descent. The climb up is long but generally mellow, though you won’t ﬁnd peaceful nature with the constant drone of cars and semitrucks on the interstate below. Despite Mount Aire being among the more urban tours in Utah, the mountain is worth climbing for excellent views of Parleys and Mill Creek canyons. Of course, you’re there to ski or snowboard, and the east face has got the goods. But be prepared for some serious
bushwhacking. You won’t see it under the snow, but there is usually a skin track in place, and it’s the only opening into the thick grove of scrub oak. Keep following the trail as best as you can, because if you get off course, you’ll end up bushwhacking through a tangle of jacket-tearing branches."
--Jared Hargrave, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"Tucked away on the ridge behind Grandeur Peak, Mount Aire is not visible from most of Salt Lake City. Still, it offers excellent views to the east and of surrounding peaks. The Mount Aire Trail connects with many other Mill Creek trails and the Great Western Trail."
--Greg Witt, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Short but steep, Mount Aire is a great legburner that rewards your effort with gorgeous forest trees and high alpine scenery. Although the summit is only 8820 feet, the commanding views are a very nice payoff for such a short trail. The lack of switchbacks until the very end makes this quite a demanding trail with its nearly unrelenting climb, which is why it’s rated as more difficult than you would think for such a short distance."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
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