Circle All Peak

MODERATE 92 reviews
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Circle All Peak is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

1 month ago

Awesome views. Have done trails between Brighton and solitude, donut falls and this one. Definitely an awesome workout with great reward

hiking
2 months ago

It was an awesome hike. Still has some deep snow in different areas of the hike so it forces you to keep focused on your footing. Bring water and snacks and it makes for a great hike. I'm sure it's beautiful from spring to fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike. There was bit of snow towards the top at one spot, but not enough to deter.

6 months ago

Good views at the top, but wishing I was on the peaks that were higher around me. Ran Into a harmless moose on the way down.

trail running
6 months ago

Ran into a moose on my way back down the trail. He was about .5 miles from the trailhead. Had to bush-wack to get around him. Found his bed a few yards from the trail. Be careful out there.

6 months ago

Splendid view at the peak. please be sure to take the left at both forks. I added at least an additional mile and a half because I took the right at the sign.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was amazing. The views from the top were totally worth the climb. Even along the way the views were awesome. We got to see a moose and 2 deer...we were up there before the sun was fully up. If you are out of shape this will be a hard hike, but otherwise I agree with the moderate. We passed our turn off and had to back track a bit. There is no sign and there is a log across the trail, so we didn't see it. Watch for it. It's at the top-ish and goes off to the left up higher to the peak. I would definitely do this hike again. In a few more weeks the fall trees will be amazing!!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Very scenic. Lots of trees and shade. It's easy to get lost so make sure you map it. Butt kicker coming up but not terribly hard....

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike with incredible views! It's fairly steep but my 4-year-old managed to do it and I carried up my baby in a carrier no problem. The pay off view at the end is certainly worth it! Lots of wildflowers and butterflies today (mid August). I'd like to go again in the fall when the aspens change color.

8 months ago

Love this trail. It's a pretty steep incline the whole way. Pretty wild flowers along the way and an amazing view at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail has nice wild flowers in the summer and there is a creek nearby for the beginning of it. The log where you turn left is about an hour or so up the trail. The view at the top is amazing and you can see lots and lots of mountain peaks.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! You hike by a river for the first part of the hike, through a meadow, and up into the trees. Awesome views at the top of the canyon. Lots of bugs on this trail and overgrown trails for part of the hike. Wear long pants and bug repellent.

9 months ago

A nice trail with shades and sunshines. A little bit steep for first half mile. Trekking pole will be helpful. A lot of flies in the middle part where wild flowers are plenty and they bite, yes,I've left some red spots on my leg,neck, wearing pants might be better instead of shorts. Great view once on top of the peak, overlooking big cottonwood canyon.

hiking
9 months ago

I thought the log people referred to was a log to keep people on the trail. It looked deliberately placed there and the trail isn't much of a trail so it is easy to miss. Use the GPS and you'll figure it out. Instead of bending right when you see the log, you take a hard left. Absolutely gorgeous and totally worth it!! And even if you do bend to the right like I did for a minute, that's beautiful too!!

9 months ago

Beautiful area! It is covered in wildflowers right now (July). The foliage is very thick, we got a few scratches wearing shorts, but it wasn't too bad. There are some steep inclines, a good workout for sure. The trail has some shady and some sunny spots. The turn off to the left over the fallen log mentioned by other reviews is really easy to miss, so use GPS with this map towards the end to be sure not to miss it. It was not crowded at all on the 4th of July, which was lovely. We enjoyed the tranquility and saw a deer too.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice hike that's both challenging and manageable. Great wildflowers and a spectacular view at the peak! Only 30 mins from downtown SLC!

9 months ago

Great short hike. Took 1 hr and 10minutes to hike up. Tracked to be shy of 2 miles one way. Elevation gain is primarily at the beginning and the end. There is a log laying down on the left side of the trail after multiple switchbacks where you take a left and hike to the peak at the very end. Beautiful views

9 months ago

Very beautiful hike! I went on a Saturday afternoon and thought it was going to be super busy but actually there weren't many people! Be careful not to miss the turnoff to the lookout - there's a down log to the left and an overgrown path that doesn't really look like it leads to anything but that's the turnoff. If you keep going (which is what I did) you just end up at a trail junction which at that point is obvious that you've went too far. That was kind of a happy mistake because the views were super gorgeous up there as well!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike up, meadows exploding with color and the water levels are reasonable. Views across BCC are fantastic and Summit is a good morning reward. Decent amount of vertical in well groomed trails.

9 months ago

It is very vertical and lots of plants poke you but the view at the summit is amazing

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful the whole way up. Most of the hike is shaded so it's fine to do on a hot day. Took me 1.5 hours to go up and down (1 hour up, 0.5 down). The way up is a steady incline the WHOLE way. The hike is short but 1600 ft in elevation gain so... not easy. I did this after 4 mimosas and the incline was very difficult--probably not as difficult otherwise. The view at the top is amazing!!! Little hike for a huge reward. No snow as of 6/11/17

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous 360-degree views of Big Cottonwood. The snow is gone from the peak as of 6-7-17! I wouldn't recommend following this track past the highest point; there doesn't seem to be much of a trail after that.

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful and great hike in the middle of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is pretty steep the whole way with a few areas of flat or low grade to give you some relief. Luckily, most the trail is shaded. It follows Butler Fork for about half the time before branching off and heading up switchbacks to Circle Awl Peak. On June 3rd 2017, there were a couple spots of snow from about 8,400 ft and up, but nothing difficult and easily passable with running shoes.

The view at the top is incredible as you can see all of Big Cottonwood, this would probably be really amazing in the Fall when the colors change. There would be an option to make this a loop that stays high going underneath Gobbler's Knob toward Reynold's Peak and past Dog Lake, but that is at least an additional 3 miles from what I can tell from the trail maps.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike, snow field at top but slushy enough to climb and descend easily. High water, beautiful creek, Aspen groves, amazing views. Looped around on the trail to Dog Lake and had amazing views of the canyon.

hiking
11 months ago

The whole trail was beautiful. Some steep sections but doable. Almost all of the trail is dry with a few snowy spots until you get to the last stretch. I found it very nerve racking and if you don't have good traction or poles (Stick) I would not do it. You climb straight up and the snow is very soft there is no clear trail on this section. If you are brave go for it. My legs are killing me, but the view was fantastic at the top. Coming back down was a bit easier since your heels sank in, but I would not want to be the person who slipped and fell down that steep slope. 05/14/17 Solo Hike

hiking
11 months ago

We arrived at this trailhead in mid-April to find it completely snow covered. We followed the tracks of skiers and a few footsteps. The hike had good views of the mountains through clearings, but we did not make it to a lookout point after 45 minutes of hiking.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hiked on 11/11. The snow melt is all but gone which makes for a clear hike. Great short hike especially with the limited daylight hours.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

This was a great hike! It was a bit steep and muddy in places with some minor snow melt but definitely worth the climb. I missed the fall colors unfortunately but there was a certain beauty in all the rows of bare aspen trees still.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Follow along like the other commentators note. When you get to stopping point don't stop. Head on down to the viewpoint that you can see to the southwest. There's no clear trail, but the little bushwhacking is absolutely worth it to get to the end of the point!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

A lot of reward for so little work! It's a pretty short hike but it can get fairly steep at times. Most of the yellow Aspen leaves have fallen off and cover the ground, add that to the recent rainfall and you get some slippery parts of the trail. Don't miss the last left turn which actually heads towards Circle All Peak! There's a log that makes it look like you shouldn't cross it, but you must! Not a whole lot of room on the peak, but there are a couple spots to sit and one to lay down on. Again, the views are really nice and you can clearly see Kessler Peak, Dromedary, O'Sullivan, and Twin Peaks. I'll definitely be trying this one in the winter!

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