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

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Black Mountain via Valley View, Twin Peaks, and Little Black Mountain Trail is a 11.7 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
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5022 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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7 days ago

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13 days ago

This trail was amazing!! it gets very steep toward the end, but the view is worth it!!! it took me 3 hours total, with a lot of time for pics

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14 days ago

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17 days ago

It's not "Little" Black Moutain. It's just BLACK MOUNTAIN. There is no such thing as "Big Black Mountain" either, a name commonly being used to refer to Burro Peak, the peak west of Grandview. The correct names are "Black Mountain" and "Burro", since the 1800s.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Challenging but rewarding hike with a nice scramble on top. You can out and back it or drop back down through City Creek Canyon. Very runnable minus a couple steep climbs.

1 month ago

I like this trail because it's largely runnable until the final climb up Little Black (then it's a great leg-burner). Wonderful 360 degree panoramic view from the top. I've run the Wasatch 100 and you can see from Francis Peak (mile 14) to Point Supreme (Sunset Peak above Brighton mile 78). Did it mid-day and it was unrelentingly exposed & hot - needed lots of water.

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2 months ago

Tough hike. 3,000'

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3 months ago

Definity an awsome view, a great place to watch the sunset. The beging of the hime is very easy, but the last mile or so will kick any experianced hiker, with lots of small rocks, making paths slippery and difficult with the steep incline. When you get to the peak, however, you feel like nothing can challenge you anymore. There is little to no tree coverage, so in summer it will be a hot hike, best done in spring or fall due to constant exposure to the sun.

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4 months ago

Good hike through rolling hills, descent incline, boulder scramble at the top without clear path to the very summit. Would have made the bushwack, but spotted a sizable rattler cosied up in the brush. Decided since I was alone, it would be better to enjoy the 90%. Lots of little lizards, butterflies and even spotted a few horney toads.