Gardner Peak Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Trail with fantastic views!
A fun, beautiful trail with some amazing scenery at the end. I only give it three stars because the first section of the trail to the pass is largely forgettable.
Phenomenal! I couldn't believe the diverse geology and the massive pine trees hiding on the upper stretch. After hiking most of the entire state this will be on my top 10 favorites.
Great views once you get above 8000'. Easy below the Canal Trail but gets harder as you go up. Many steep slopes (exceeding 20%) and a lot of loose rock making going down tricky. The trail ends to the west of and about 900" below Gardner Peak - it just stops. The last mile of the trail can be tricky to follow as it gets very little use.
If you want a calf burning trail this is a must! The trail is up, up, and up. A very strenuous hike all the way to the top. It starts in the junipers and sagebrush and gradually works up to the pinion pines. Once you reach the halfway mark the trail get interesting, large Ponderosa pines emerge and things get greener. This mountain was heavily logged in the 1800's and early 1900's so seeing these majestic trees is a real treat. Winding up through the large granite the trail tops out again a beautiful meadow lined with Aspen trees. Continuing further up the granite become larger and little seeps of springs are coming through. Out on the rim before the final ascent you can look for miles and miles. Beautiful variety of plants and trees are abundant. The wild Cliffrose is one of Pine Valleys treasures. It takes quite some time to reach the top but well worth the hike. Not for a first time hiker or young ones. The descent down is knee pounding.