Kessler Peak Trail

HARD 22 reviews

Kessler Peak Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

4.5 miles 2965 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Although at some points it was pretty steep, it was a really nice hike. Recent rain storms have made the soil of some parts of the trail damp which creates a slipping hazard. Watch your footing and use trekking poles if you have them. Some parts I even had to do a bit of scrambling. Also not there are a few large fallen trees on the trail but they aren't too hard to get past. Be mindful of the altitude too! If you start getting a headache, turn back!

The views at the top of the mountain are fantastic. I loved this view of the twin peaks mountains. In the end, there's a lot of reward for such a short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

yes when they say steep, they mean steep... BEAUTIFUL hike...

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep hike but well worth it. 360 degree views from the top and a couple of cool mines and broken down mining shacks. I definitely passed where the trail splits off for Kessler Peak because it really does just look like a stream bed so pay attention.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Quick elevation changes, some areas are very steep. recommend trekking poles. way worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! Steep but nothing too extreme. Initially followed the Donut Falls trail until a fork to the Cardiff Road...actually had to head down the old mine road towards the trailhead a bit to meet up with the Kessler trail. Trail was extremely overgrown for probably the first mile or so. I completed the hike the third week of June and there was still some snow in a couple of spots which made things a little sketchy. Getting to the summit wasn't bad. There are some spots with fairly loose rock and steep drops, so watching your footing is key in those areas. Views from the top are fantastic!

3 months ago

Steep in places for sure.. Didn't see another soul at all.. You might mistake the beginning of this trail for a creek bed..

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, took 2.5 hours to the top. People aren't underestimating when they say steep!

hiking
4 months ago

LOVED IT. The hike was steep, which is probably why we did not encounter anyone else on the trail. Took us two hours to the top but it was well worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

It was crazy steep with lots of loose rock which made it difficult. Because of that I don't know if I would do it again but it had amazing views at the top you could see everything.

5 months ago

Steep the whole way, so be ready for that. Very steep near the top, but keep going, because it's very worth it. 2 miner's cabins and 2 mine shafts near them on the top half, keep your eyes out for those, very cool! You think you're at the top when you hit the ridge but still a couple more minutes of climbing, don't let that false summit trick you! Gorgeous 360 degree view at the top! Still one snow patch to kick across, but there are some good footsteps there for you to follow.

hiking
5 months ago

People are not kidding when they say it is steep!! Not many flat places to camp along the way. My favorite trail so far on the Wasatch. Minimal exposure. Unbeatable views. Not many hikers. I know of a guy who runs it almost every day. His record is 38 minutes. It took is about 2.5 hours to the top. Hiking sticks are mandatory if you are older or have knee issues. We did it on a Saturday and hardly saw anyone, although Donut Falls below was a madhouse.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. I would say steepness would be a 9/10. First mile or so of trail is narrow and pretty overgrown. A few snow spots of about 10 yards wide or so that you have to kick in to get across. That was no snow on the true summit. Enjoyable hike. Great views in all directions from the summit.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a challenging hike. My gps showed it at about 5.2 miles round trip. Most of the snow is gone now, only 2 small areas where you had to cross slowly and kick into the snow a bit. We made it all the way to the summit in a little less than 2.5 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

Didn't quite make it.. got all the way to the saddle but was WAY to sketchy to finish. Had to use spikes the last mile or so and it was pretty steep. should have had an ice axe with me. Will go again to bag her right though!

hiking
6 months ago

Sill snow on the upper last mile of the trail. Used snowshoes towards the top but was difficult because of the steepness. Turned back around 3/4 of a miles reform the top at a traverse that was to steep and risky to continue.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and steep, great views on top. When you go down it's fun to detour into Donut Falls.

snowshoeing
1 year ago

Loved this hike after last weeks snow. It's steep, has dense pines in the middle section. Snow was untouched and because its a deep trail it was easy for follow since there was also a depression in the snow. The trail follows a ridge in the middle section presenting view through the trees. The only thing that went wrong it that we ran out of time and had to turn back about 3/4 of a mile from the top

1 year ago

If you want a work out this is the trail! Non stop steep elevation gain.

hiking
1 year ago

very easy to miss trail. Head up the road past the gate. When the road forks stay to the right and then start to look for a narrow trail that goes straight up on the right hand side. This have VERY few spots that level off. It varies between steep, very steep and very very steep. But it was awesome. I would recommend it if you have strong legs and good cardio. Not one single other person on the trail the whole time. oh - and it's not 2.3 miles total - its 2.3 miles to the top alone.