Clayton Peak Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round.
cross country skiing
Directions from Salt Lake City: Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) to Brighton. Start from the Lake Mary Trailhead which is located behind the Mt. Majestic Lodge. The Clayton Peak Trail leaves from the Lake Mary Trail about 3/4 mile from the trailhead.
We hiked this trail in mid-October and by the time we reached the top- it was really windy and had a few snow flurries. But it was well worth it given the magnificent views. You have great views of Brighton/Solitude, Mt. Timpanogos and down to Midway. The peak sits right on top of the Great Western Express lift from Brighton. We parked at the top of Guardsman Pass and hiked via 10,420 Peak and then continued on. The top of Clayton has a lot of rocks/boulders that you have to scurry over but nothing super technical or scary. A very accessible peak (about 1-1.5 hours) from Guardsman Pass.
JUST an FYI, If you are starting this trail from 224 (Guardsman's Pass) this is NOT a good trail for cross country skiing...
Great little hike, steeper than Mt. Timp trail! You can see almost all the ski lifts in the area and even cecret lake. Beautiful!
Very vertical, like the previous reviews have said, but the views are absolutely stunning. I would agree with another reviewer that this is really for the experienced hiker or those who are incredibly motivated to see the views. It kicked my butt! There were a lot of mosquitos out when we went and my "natural" bug repellant didn't do scare any of them away. I would recommend using bug spray before you go.
Very vertical, lots of bouldering. I wasn't sure if it was an out-and-back or it there was a loop trail off the other side of summit. There's not!
Great hike. Very vertical! Basically climbs several peaks up to the summit of Clayton Peak. Clayton peak requires bouldering in order to reach the summit, similar to Mount Olympus summit if you've ever done that hike. Clayton Peak sits right above the top of the Great Western ski lift at Brighton Ski Resort. From Clayton Peak I dropped down the slope to Lake Lackawaxen. There really wasn't a trail that I could find from Clayton Peak down to the lake. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone except for advanced, experienced hikers. It was above average treacherous coming down the slope from the summit. Especially after submitting Clayton Peak, the legs were a lil shaky from gaining all that vert. Very vertical! From Lake Lackawaxen there's a trail back to Bloody Lake and then back to the parking lot. Overall it was a fun hike, the biggest payoff was the views from Clayton peak of Big Cottonwood, Heber, Alta, Snowbird, PC, and Deer Valley.