Mount Raymond Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah 84184

Mount Raymond Trail

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"Mount Raymond is slightly lower than its popular neighbor, Gobblers Knob, but it is more fun to climb. The angular peak rises from the apex of three weathered limestone ridges that come together at roughly equal angles on the eastern side of the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area.

The assent route described here follows one of the ridges up from Baker Pass. It is an easy walk most of the way, but the last few hundred yards involve just enough scrambling to make the climb interesting. At the top you will be treated to an exhilarating view of Dromedary Peak and Twin Peaks on the other side of Big Cottonwood Canyon and Gobblers Knob east of Baker Pass."

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Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"A challenging day hike or overnighter to the top of the Big Cottonwood Canyon–Mill Creek Canyon divide, featuring spectacular views of Dromedary, Sunrise, and Twin Peaks to the south. The Mill B North Fork Trail is an easy way to get a good view of the most spectacular peaks of the Wasatch Range. This hike goes up a good trail on the north side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, climbing quickly to high-elevation vegetation and scenery. The hike is somewhat difficult, with an elevation gain of 4,000 feet from the road to the summit, but since it goes up and back by the same route, you can turn around before the summit."
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Jared Hargrave
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"Mount Raymond is the second-highest mountain along the Big Cottonwood–Mill Creek Divide, standing a mere five feet lower than its neighbor, Gobblers Knob. But Raymond is no slouch, as extreme ski terrain is found off the summit. An approach that’s longer than most for the Cottonwood Canyons plus a knife-edge ridge on the ascent can add up to a tour that is pretty spicy. If you’re not up for a heart-pounding ascent and descent, don’t be dissuaded. A shorter tour on the Raymond shoulder above Baker Pass into Mill A Basin is an ideal place to make intermediate powder laps after a storm. Begin skinning up the bottom of the obvious Butler Fork drainage on the north side of the road. There is usually a well-traveled skin track here that crosses over a (sometimes) frozen stream. The path traverses the steep east side of a V-shaped gully, and then levels out in a stand of pines."

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The description of this trail is alright for the first couple of miles. If the author actually hiked any farther than this I don't understand why he didn't include a little more detail. His description of the last part of the climb to the summit of Mt. Raymond as a "short scramble" is ridiculous. I've been climbing in the Wasatch for about 30 years, and this is no short scramble. It's a a long struggle for a very fit climber through brush and over cliffs with extreme exposure. No technical skills are required, but it will require some real determination and at least an hour, maybe two, after leaving the main trail, even for the fastest hikers on a good day. That said, it is one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever taken. The wildflowers in the meadow just below the summit were the most beautiful I have ever seen anywhere, and the views are absolutely breathtaking. So the trail deserves a 4 star rank, but the description is a two.

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Trail Information

Salt Lake City
Nearby City
3,120 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours
Midsummer through mid-fall
7,120 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,241 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Olympus Wilderness Area, Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Contacts
Mount Aire (USGS)
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