Donner Reed Party And Mormon Pioneer Route Trail

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Donner Reed Party And Mormon Pioneer Route Trail is a 8.3 mile out and back trail located near Morgan, UT that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

8.4 miles 1406 feet Out & Back

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forest

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wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Trail heading north from Big Mountain Pass, up a series of switchbacks, then a leisurely walk through the woods until reaching Big Mountain. At the very beginning of the hike the trail takes a series of switchbacks up to the lower ridgeline. This section to the lower ridgeline will get your heart rate up, so take your time and enjoy the views of East Canyon and beyond. At .62 miles you arrive at the lower ridgeline to mountain mahogany and aspens. Enjoy your stroll as the trail smooths, while catching your breath on this section. Soon the trail traverses up to the saddle ridgeline. You arrive at the saddle at 1.22 miles. If you look right from the saddle, you see Big Mountain in the distance. The trail heads up as you leave the saddle to a aspen grove. Elephant ears, chokecherry and bluebells greet you as you enter the aspens. At 1.65 miles you arrive at the first of three meadows inside the grove. After the third and largest meadow, you leave the aspens and the trail traverses the side of Big Mountain. The trail comes to a ridgeline, and at this point, look for the faint trail heading straight up Big Mountain. This junction isn't marked. A pile of rocks marks the top, and the 360-degree view is stunning.

hiking
1 year ago

Loved this hike. Steep switchbacks to start off, then goes to ridge hiking which eventually leads to a couple meadows. Very relaxing and the scenery/views from top to bottom were enjoyable.

hiking
1 year ago

fairly easy terrain after the initial climb - follows the ridgeline & you can go up to Big Mountain summit or continue on the Great Western Trail.