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 11.5 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.

11.5 miles
4,685 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips


trail running



wild flowers


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.

7 days ago

Wow! This certainly doesn't get the respect and attention it deserves.

Took the dogs with me and had to rope them off on a tree about 1/3 mile from the Summit as it required some bouldering and scrambling.

I absolutely loved the rolling hills and the views of Salt Lake Valley.

The class 2 scrambling at the end is a nice beginner's challenge to rock climbing.


1 month ago

Good option for a challenging hike that doesn't require a drive up a canyon. I clocked about 3,000 ft. elevation gain and 8 miles round trip using Strava, and that was going past what is described as the little black mountain peak to almost the end of the bigger peak, so I'm not sure how why the stats on this say 11.5 miles and 4685 ft. Took me nearly 4 hours total with about 10 minutes at the top, stopping to take pictures and breathe a lot in the second half. The steep section is definitely a doozy, but luckily the majority of the trail is moderate. Great sunset views coming down in the evening, and it is awesome to be able to see so far in any direction! As far as wildlife goes, I did see some deer at the top and there were plenty of crickets to disturb along the path.

3 months ago

Great hike, quite challenging in the last 1/3 part with some steep incline, sliding rocks, and a bit of rock climbing in the end. 3000ft elevation, took 4 hours both ways incl 30 min on the top. Very exposed, bring lots of water. Amazingly beautiful panoramic views.

4 months ago

Awesome hike! Extremely beautiful all the way up. The hike is even better if you can find the time capsule up at the top, and the added bonus if you know how to find the smugglers gap trail that leads down the back side of the trail.

4 months ago

Easy hike the majority of the way, but the last part will get you breathing heavy. Overall a gorgeous hike! I thought the trail was in great condition for being "less traveled."

5 months ago

This hike was so awesome!! I took my dog up to the top of on Saturday (4/28/18). Took us a total of about 5.5 hrs, with picture & lunch time @ the top. The climb up towards the end was steep and gets your legs burning but the views at the top were so rewarding!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tough hike. 3,000'

Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nice hike and really not too hard until you hit the base of Little Black Mountain. It will kick your butt, especially if it's the first hike of the season for you.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Great spring trail. It is a leg workout. We did 8 miles round trip. The flowers are out and the views are awesome. We trail ran part of back.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hard to follow beyond summit and find trail to city creek. Minimal snow, some fun snowfields at the top. Storm came in lightening wasn't too close. Absolutely amazing views! Some steps too big for the dog without bushwhacking.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Gorgeous hike! Rolling green hills, hiking along the rolling ridge with stunning canyons on both sides. Great running trail too. Once you get to the actual mountain (about 3 miles in), the hike up is steep and pretty brutal, but totally worth it. There is snow at the very top still, some steps coming up to my knees, but I never needed to put on micro spikes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Obviously you don't have to go all the way to the river and can turn back at the summit, which will cut about 2 miles. There are many false summits! The one that is visible from Avenues twin peaks is the first false summit. If you decide to stop there, you'll save another 2 miles. The ridge to the actual summit is a bit rocky and I had to deal with tons of unexpected snow.

Overall it's a beautiful hike!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

One of the best spring hikes for endless views. There are a few points where it gets steep but no rock scrambling. Overall the trail is well defined. Wear sunscreen and enjoy the climb.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

This is a fantastic and relatively long hike. I started from my housing near The Pie Pizzeria by the University and took a trailhead north of Virginia Street. It ended up being 12.8 miles out and back. 3 hours up; 2.5 hours back. (The trail itself is 9.4 miles out and back from the trailhead I chose.) Awesome views all along the way. The first several miles are gradual and well-trafficked. Then there is quite a climb section once you reach Little Black Mountain proper. The scramble at the top deterred me from reaching the absolute summit - I don't think scrambling on a solo hike is always the best idea - but the views in all directions are pretty spectacular and diverse: the Salt Lakes, downtown, the Wasatch. A little windy and chilly on top, especially if you sit still for too long. Coming back down there were long stretches that were runnable. All in all a rewarding and beautiful way to spend the day!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I hiked this trail on snowshoes last winter to just before the climb gets steepest. Great views and a fun trail to snowshoe. Like to hike it again in summer

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