Sunset Peak Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Take Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7000 South Wasatch Blvd.) up to Brighton. Via Lake Mary Trail from the Brighton Trailhead. Follow the Lake Mary Trail to Catherine's Pass (3 miles) trail where it branches off to the Great Western Trail. Access #2: Via Catherine's Pass Trail from the Albion Basin Trailhead. Follow the trail to Catherine's Pass then south on the Great Western Trail to the trail junction.
Hiked this after the last snowfall we had in early October. Make sure and wear snow boots.
Love this hike. Great for trail running. View is awesome
One of my new favorites! We hiked from Brighton past Lake Mary, Lake Martha, and then Lake Catherine. The ridge looked so close we couldn't resist continuing, and then the peak was so close we had to go all the way! It was so beautiful from the peak we spent over 45 mins enjoying the view. I can't wait to go back!
The trail towards the end is super sketchy at parts... Narrow, with a drop off on the side. A little scary, but the view from the top was absolutely worth it!!! Wow, breathtaking. I started at Alta and took Albion Meadows to the Catherine's pass hike then with the last part of this trail. It was definitely rough at times just on this trail though. The last 3/4 mile is straight up in sand. Bell's Canyon was definitely easier for me, but still, I love a good challenge. This is a must see and yes, I am dying to go back already!!
Hands down one of my new favorite hikes in the Wasatch! My husband and I set out to stop at Catherine's pass, but some hikers coming down convinced us to go a bit higher for the view. We were running low on water so decided not to go all the way to the peak, but the views even a few hundred feet below are still stunning. We will definitely be back in the fall for the colors (with more water) and make it to peak.
Started from the parking lot at Brighton. Did this with four kids ranging from 11 to 6. Loved the view. The lower lakes see a lot of traffic but the farther you go the fewer people you see. We'll be back!
We started at the Albian trailhead. Nice hike with lots of windflowers. Park at Alta and either take the shuttle to the trailhead or hike up, it's about a mile hike to the trail head. It's a bit scary to the top but worth the view.
Really pretty view from the top, well worth the hike!!!
Great after work hike if you take the Catherine's pass route. We did this hike in Mid July and enjoyed wild flowers without the crowds. The hike is steep, it is if moderate is difficulty, well marked, and graded well. However you enter different seasonal zones so you get a variety of stages with the Wildflowers. Taking the time to enjoy views, flowers, and snacks we did this hike in about 2 1/2-3 hours. You can shuttle or if lucky get a parking space near the trailhead.
Great easy hike, not too heavily trafficked. Good views from the top. Easy to follow as long as you're paying attention to the turnoffs
Great hike! Drove to Little Cottonwood Rd and learned the upper parking lots right at the Catherine's Pass trailhead were full....so if you go during the middle of the day, it's pretty busy but you can park in the larger lot at the Alta ski resort at the base and they have free shuttles up to the trailhead (line can be long but it goes by fast). Hike was beautiful taking Catherine's Pass....tons of wildflowers right now but soon they will die off. So go as soon as you can if you want to enjoy the scenery of them this July! The hike overall was great....steady incline but it was well worth the 360 view at the summit!
Breathtaking 360 degree view from the peak! What truly makes this view amazing is that you can be in Downtown Salt Lake to the tip top of the mountain in less than 2 1/2 hours.