Emigration Canyon Ridgeline Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Emigration Canyon Ridgeline Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly 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, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2572 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Several comments about poorly maintained trail are accurate, but much farther along than half way. I would say 3/4 or more of the way the trail is fine. I took my family on this hike thinking it would be a gradual climb up to Perkins Peak since the elevation gain over 4 miles is listed at 2500 feet. Gradual is no where to be found on this trail. It is many fairly steep vertical climbs and descents repeated over and over. Several of the family turned back at 2 miles and the rest that didn't go all the way turned back at 2.5 miles in. If you just hike to the 1st summit (about 2.6 miles from the trail head) it's actually a fairly pleasant hike and decent view of downtown SLC from there. Hiking all the way to Perkins Peak is difficult as you'll descend and ascend multiple peaks (I believe 6) before you even reach Perkins Peak at the end. There are not any good decipherable trails to the top. Wearing long pants is a must as you'll be scrambling through thick scrub oak. Hiking back was difficult as there were still several ascents to get back to the trail head. I would have preferred a hike like Grandeur Peak or Mount Wire Big Beacon better with just ascending to the summit, and only descending back down the mountain. The constant up and down was not my preferred style of hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Second half of trail is very poorly maintained. Trail turned from road to decent trail to deer path to thick brush to nonexistent and impassable. Neat views of Salt Lake City and Emigration Canyon, but my ambitious group could not find a way to the final peak that would not have required a machete.

trail running
3 months ago

Uncrowded - didn't see a single person during my run. Fun climbs/descents with a couple pretty steep sections.

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It's a moderate trail with one or two slick sections as one gets to the steeper parts. I did not go all the way to the city view.

Only hiked half of it and turned around. Glad I did because it started hailing/snowing right after. Then the sun came back out. Nice trail though! Lots of sunflowers and gorgeous views. The hike is pretty steep on parts of the section. You can see the city and the Salt Lake on a section of it. I will definitely go back in the summer and hike all of it!

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

scenic driving
9 months ago

Showshoed to the peak about 2.6 miles into this trail. The last 3/4-1 mile breaking trail. Lots of wildlife tracks in the snow and a couple of beds where a Moose spent some time. Great view of the Southern and Northern Salt Lake Vaiiey

10 months ago

Great for snowshoeing!

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

trail running
Monday, September 05, 2016

I usually love a good ridgeline, but somehow this one didn't speak to me. The lower section I guess is easy, but once you start to climb up above the marked "start" point of this hike (even though having it be the start point makes no sense) it's moderate, and the trail quickly fades (or at least that was what I found in 2015). It does have nice views down both sides, but is a low enough ridge that the views aren't really expansive, and there is no shade. I guess I'm just spoiled ;-)

trail running
Wednesday, August 10, 2016