Grandeur Peak Trail from Church Fork is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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We did this later in the evening to get a good sunset view. It was awesome. The lighting right after the sun sets is the best for pictures. The colors come alive. As for the hike itself, it was definitely a good elevation gain. The switch backs aren't bad. And the last mile is pretty spectacular scenery so you don't mind the steeper climb to the top. We had a great time!
This one is definitely not for the faint of heart. I learned the hard way you need to build up to this one if you are a beginning hiker such as myself. Other than that it is a great hike and is beautiful for the last mile or so before the top. Got some great pictures from around the peak. Would definitely recommend for the enthusiast.
O did a track with my husband and his son. Track easy and beautyful images.
Last bit is tougher than I thought it would be. Nice day hike.
Steep trail with great views as you ascend. Not for the faint of condition! Bring water and a snack.
This is an intense hike with lots of steep inclines so make sure you're in good shape. It has a view access pints to the trail head so make sure you come back the way you went up so you don't have to walk on the road back to your car. The view at the top is well worth the climb!
I would rate this as more moderate than hard. I guess it's a little steep near the top, but for the most part is a well graded, excellent trail. In the lower reaches there is quite a bit of shade, not so much near the top. A great peak hike when the higher summits are hiding under snow. A much nicer trail than the route from the W side.
Fairly difficult. Shaded for the first part then pretty open through the summit. Worth doing but you will work. Great views!
Very satisfied with the outcome of this hike! pretty steep, but the view at the peak is gorgeous
Good elevation change. Tough but worth it.
Great trail with awesome overlooks of both Parley's and the Salt Lake Valley.
hard but great
Gps from the road to the top was 4.1 miles. Not a terrible elevation change but it was steady. Near the top it got pretty steep. Some sections requiring some scrambling. Hard but worth the views. Descent was hot 95+ degrees. My mistake was not enough water. Had some issues with dehydration and heat exhaustion the last mile or so. Still worth all the pain. I will do it again.
I found this hike a good challenge with rewarding views. It feels good to say you hiked to the top of the mountain. The only disappointment was the bugs at the very top. There were so many and they were buzzing so loud you could not really sit and enjoy the view. It was great to be able to see out in all directions. I did a panoramic picture but it stops before you get the full 360 view. If you could have sat and enjoyed a break at the top I would have rated 5 stars.
Awesome hike. Great views. Wildlife encounters. Was stellar.
I began this late afternoon hike with my GSD from Burch Hollow Trailhead instead of Church Fork, following the signs for Grandeur Peak. It takes you about 1.6 miles West along the Pipeline Trail before you cross the river and turn right to begin (what I would consider) the start of Grandeur Peak Trail (3 miles from this point).
The elevation gain begins mildly and is very peaceful following along the river. As you progress the trail gets more intense with very steep switchbacks leading you to the top of the mountain. Towards the peak, there are some jagged rocks you have to climb over but nothing my 6.5 month (61 pound) GSD couldn't get over (or down) himself. We ran into 2 people going up the trail, about 6 people at the peak and a couple of small groups going down.
I hiked this while battling a deep chest cough/cold, so it felt like an incredibly brutal death trail, although I imagine it's still a solid workout otherwise. I had to stop A LOT to catch my breath and we both drank a lot of water. I'd highly recommend bug spray and keep watch for snakes as we almost stepped on a thin black one coming down.
Round trip we probably hiked 9.5 miles; 3 hours up and 2 down, making it to the car just after sunset. There are easier hikes for similar views of the valley (like Living Room) but if you want the solitude, exercise and varying terrain (river, wildflowers, mountain canopy)...this is the hike for you!