Ensign Peak Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

Elevation Gain576ft
Trailhead Elevation5,009ft
Elevation Min/Max5009/5418ft
Elevation Start/End5009/5009ft

Ensign Peak Trail

Ensign Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,009 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 576 feet. The Ensign Peak Trailhead information trail head is near the trailhead. There is also a parking. Along the trail there are woods. The trail ends near Ensign Peak (elevation 5,417 feet).

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Best Hikes Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides)
Lori J. Lee
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"The historic Ensign Peak Trail climbs to an overlook used by Brigham Young and other Latter Day Saint church leaders upon settling the valley. The viewpoint from the historical obelisk atop the peak provides a view of the Salt Lake Valley as it sits cradled between the Wasatch Mountains on the east and the Oquirrh Range on the west. This short hike up a barren, grass-lined trail takes you to the point where you can view it all—both mountain ranges, the valley between, the Great Salt Lake, the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, and everything in between. This hike is all about the view and the history." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Salt Lake City (Falcon Guides)
Greg Witt and Rob Witt
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"Ensign Peak, the rounded knob lying directly north of the Utah State Capitol, offers the most commanding view of the Salt Lake Valley with the least amount of effort. In less than a half mile from the trailhead, you’ll be able to see the entire valley and gaze over much of the Great Salt Lake to the west. On July 26, 1847, two days after Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and his party walked up the brushy hillside where the Utah State Capitol now stands and continued on to the rocky knob to the north." Read more
Walking Salt Lake City (Wilderness Press)
Lynn Arave Ray Boren
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"If Salt Lake City has a “sacred mountain”—something akin, perhaps, to Mounts Fuji, Olympus, and Sinai—then Ensign Peak fills the bill. It lacks the height or craggy majesty of those revered prominences, but no other summit can match its significance in Utah’s pioneer and religious history. As a bonus, the vantage offers a splendid view of the Salt Lake Valley: The metropolitan area spreads southward like a 3-D map at your feet: streets, buildings, fields, and trees, with the Wasatch and Oquirrh ranges enfolding the panoramic view like great, often snow-dappled parentheses." Read more

Ensign Peak Trail Reviews

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This is good short trail for children...just enough to wear them out and the waterfall at the end was fun for them. Trailhead is a little tough to find but just east of the Kiwanis Picnic tables. It was a little dusty and parts were loose rock with a few steeper edges and dropoffs so I kept a close eye and held my 5yr olds hand during sections of the upper part of the trail. The lower section is a wide easy service road. Only a few minutes from town.
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Trailhead not marked. Rough road last quarter mile. Milages off. Top of falls about 0.7 miles. Scenery adequate of small spires and canyons. Good view of Utah Lake on return trip. Trail climbs to top of falls. You can continue past falls however the trail steepens and is made up of loose gravel and undermines good footing. Return is all down hill and footing is poor on loose gravel. Sturdy hiking shoes and a good walking stick is highly recommended. If you want to do this hike, I would recommend late spring or early summer. I saw several wildflower species that were getting ready to bloom.
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This trail was good at this time of year. It's a bit dusty. However, the water fall is impresive. Above it a little ways past 2 additional breather pipes is a ford (1.2 miles?), and a log bridge. It's a good place to play in the water and has shade. Our children loved the hike.

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Trail Information

Salt Lake City
Nearby City
Skill Level
Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands; (801) 972-7800.
Local Contacts
USGS Salt Lake City North; Ensign Downs Park.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018