Black Mountain via Valley View, Twin Peaks, and Little Black Mountain Trail

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Black Mountain via Valley View, Twin Peaks, and Little Black Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,844 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no shade

Head east up the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Steiner Centennial section. The rocky path is wide, and scrub oak on both sides provides a bit of shade for about half a mile. At mile 0.08 is the City Creek Saddle and a great view of the University of Utah below. Do not follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail anymore. Instead, continue northeast up a hill of dry grass and grasshoppers. You will wander up and back down several hills with great canyon views. At the third hill, 1.2 miles, veer slightly left and go around the fourth hill. It's not a tough walk to hill six, where you get a taste of the steepness to come. Half way up hill six, veer left again, continuing east. The trail then curves north and east up another hill. At 2.1 miles you will reach an elevation of 6,398. This is just over halfway to the nearer of two Little Black Mountain peaks. Continue on another mile where the real steep part begins. From here, climb a brutal 800 feet in just more than half a mile. It gets grueling, and there is no shade. However, at mile 3.7 you will reach the top ridge of Little Black Hill, with spectacular views of Salt Lake, Davis, Tooele and Weber counties. You can continue on to reach another peak on the mountain, if you still have energy left.

hiking
3 days ago

Fun trail. Hailed a bit and got a little chilly for a bit at the top. I’ve seen maps that show the trail continuing past the summit and going down to city creek, but I couldn’t for the life of me find any. I’m not sure if I made it to the very top as I couldn’t see the trail continuing and a portion in front of me on the ridge looked higher. I don’t think I could’ve climbed up there

Black Mountain Sunrise Great trail! Last 2 miles are a pretty good incline and some fun scrambling to the summit

hiking
6 days ago

Trail is in great condition, no snow, no mud and no shade. Since it is getting warmer, bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Really easy coasting hike up until you hit the trees. Steep incline going up until you hit more flowers and trees. Can lose the trail so just stay to the right of the rocks once you hit the ridge. Definitely a scramble and then some bouldering to be done the last 150 ft. Be cautious with your dogs, if they aren’t used to jumping rocks then I wouldn’t bring them on this since the last little bit can be a little tricky. We did see a rattlesnake up at the top so keep your eyes peeled. No shade really and pretty windy so be prepared! Fun and satisfying hike to accomplish right in the avenues.

Fantastic trail with great views. A couple rattle snakes on the last part. The last few hundred yards are definitely a scramble. Last half mile to the top is very steep.

There is some patches of snow near the end still. At the peak the rocks are more sharp I see why some have mentioned gloves. Everyone is friendly and helpful especially when it comes to warning of rattlesnakes. I would not follow the apple map navigation it won’t take you the right way. If you know the area you can start really at a few different places.

Saw one rattlesnake. I didn’t make it all the way to the top, but it was a great steep hike with lovely rolling hills up until I turned around.

hiking
21 days ago

The trail was great, still lots of wildflowers! Especially at the top, lots of bright yellow ones. We did see one rattlesnake, and there will be more and more as the weather warms up. We went early to beat the snakes and crowds and it was beautiful.

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

Trails are well maintained. Not hard at all to follow. Towards the end, after the very steep inclines, when things get rocky just make sure you find the very well worn trail and not some deer path. Great views. Definitely one of the harder hikes I've done.

5.4.20 9.2 mi / 2900 elevation gain Great hike! Three sections overall. Starts with rolling foothills and lots of runners, hunters, and cyclists. The foothills transition to a steep ridge line, the longest and most difficult elevation gain. The third section is the rocky ridge line to the peak; this section can be tricky with many false trails- reference the GPS often. The final section is very rocky and will require scrambling to reach the top. No snow on the trail at all. No mud. No shade. Great for running (mostly). Lots of wind. The rock near the top is sharp and jagged. I would recommend some thin gloves. Caution: I went off trail a little and the rock face becomes brittle and can fall.

hiking
27 days ago

Lovely, beautiful view

hiking
scramble
28 days ago

Trail is clear of snow as of 5/1/20

That last mile will get you. Great hike this time of year. Some snow visible but nothing on trail. Some parts come close to being a scramble, and the last 1,000 feet definitely require some focus.

Return route via Little Black Mountain. Light snow mike and half to peak

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

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