Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

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Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

Nice short hike, awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley and Great Salt Lake This is a nice, easy trail most hikers, regardless of age or experience, would find enjoyable. The trail is well maintained and the awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley below begin almost immediately. The trail winds behind the peak and ascends up a moderate slope on the back side. The views from the back side are incredible, especially at sunset. The Great Salt Lake can be seen in the distance to the northwest. As you climb to the peak, the entire Salt Lake Valley can be seen below. The view from Ensign Peak is spectacular anytime, but sunset is by far the most ideal time for this hike. The view of the sunset combined with the cool evening breeze and the glittering city lights below make this a hike well worth taking and the minimal time and effort involved make it worth taking often!

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2 days ago

It was a nice quick hike to beat the haze... really pretty cloud views. My puppy loved it and it wore him out

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8 days ago

It seems there has been a lot of work done on this trail this year. Since our last visit a month ago, we noticed parts of the trail have been widened. It had recently rained, then dried out, so the trail had been remolded by footprints and the widening made the trail packed down a bit. We also noticed additional fencing on the hill itself. It doesn't look as natural as it did even several months ago.

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24 days ago

Fun little trail that gives out a huge view of the city. We set foot on the trail for sunrise and was stunned that we were solo on the trail. Great site for magpies and deer.

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1 month ago

Nice easy little trail.

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1 month ago

We carried our 18-month old in a carrier this most recent time and she said "wow" when we got to the top. I've done this Trail three times (once at sunrise, once during the middle of the day and once at sunset) and I think sunset was my favorite! This is great hike to take out of town guests and gauge their fitness level before heading out on tougher hikes.

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1 month ago

Very fun trail for families with kids. Took family with 4 kids (ages 4-11) and had a great time. Highlights of the trip were seeing a Jerusalem cricket that looked like an alien and a large tarantula. I had no idea there were tarantulas in Utah...

Views from the top are amazing!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

The trail itself was steepish and short, not really very interesting, but the view of the Salt Lake Valley was beautiful, worth the time. Good trail for family hiking for all but the youngest.

2 months ago

Good to take out of town folks to.

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2 months ago

I've done this trail quite a few times, but the nature on the way up isn't my favorite. I prefer being surrounded by green trees. But very worth the view.