Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook is a 0.8 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
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 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!

hiking
6 days ago

It’s a relatively easy hike and very well-marked. It’s a beautiful view of the valley if the sky is clear. If it’s hazy or smoky, you can’t see much!

6 days ago

Nice short trail with an amazing view of SLC at the peek.

hiking
7 days ago

It is short but pretty steep almost the entire time. But worth it if you take it slow it’s a great hike for anyone. At the top you see the entire valley so very worth it

8 days ago

Worth it for the view, short, and nice

hiking
9 days ago

Worth doing once for the view of the city. Easy to follow. Well maintained.

15 days ago

Easy nice morning climb to watch sun rise.

mountain biking
20 days ago

Great for a short hike, not so much for mountain biking. This app says it's mountain bike friendly but there's actually a sign that says bikes prohibited. That may just be in the first overlook area at the bottom, but bikes aren't a great idea for this trail anyway because it's so frequently trafficked and steep. I had to walk my bike up most of the way (lifted it over the bigger rocks at the top) and of course heavily breaked nonstop on the way down. I adore the view at the top tho! Especially in the morning! The sun rises over the east mountain range the sunlight filtered beautifully through the autumn colored trees on the mountain.

29 days ago

A nice but exposed trail, so wear UV protection. Although, it is short you might bring water with you, especially in the summer months. Great views with Latter-day Saint historical significance. There's a memorial on top.

1 month ago

hiked it with a bunch of teenagers. A great trail to take beginners and those who normally struggle with hiking

1 month ago

Quick short trail, heavily trafficked.

1 month ago

This was a really great hike with great views, but there are no bathrooms!! There's also a park just a little ways south of the trailhead, and there are no bathrooms there either.

1 month ago

Great views at the top of the hike. Loose rocks make the walk down a little dangerous.

A casual walk more than a hike. The view is scenic and worth the walk to the top.

1 month ago

don’t forget your book of M.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice view but really tracked out and muddy

hiking
2 months ago

This one is a fun and everyday type hike. Beautiful views of downtown and the two mountain ranges. Also, at the peak there is great history of the landscape of the valley and how the city was developed overtime.

hiking
2 months ago

It took me 20 minutes at a moderate pace to go up and a little more than 20 minutes down. It's a bit rocky in some places, so if you're not confident on your footing, it feels slippery. It seems to always be crowded at the top.

2 months ago

Nice easy little hike with some good views of the Salt Lake Valley

2 months ago

It was pretty easy and had a beautiful view of Dt and the capital building

2 months ago

Good trail to start off in SLC, overlooking the city, beautiful at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful view of downtown! I plan to have friends and family try this trail out when they visit.

3 months ago

Amazing views of salt lake city

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a beautiful overlook. Steeper than you think but short. There’s street parking at the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

A bit short, but the view is fantastic.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Not bad hike to gain some elevation to watch the sunrise

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it. Very easy hike even for a beginner like me. Parts of it are steep but I went up and down in like half an hour. Good for a nice workout.

hiking
3 months ago

Though we've walked this trail many times, this is the first time we stayed past dark. It's amazing to watch the city light up after dark. It may be a good place for stargazing too. Keep in mind in the summer, since it gets dark later to park in the right spot so you don't get ticket. After 10pm they issue parking tickets of $30. (Which rise all the way to $150 if not paid within a particular time period.)

4 months ago

I thought the view was great but there was graffiti and trash all over. Kind of disappointing. And, while labeled easy, it’s a bit of a uphill and not easy for many.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike to the top at Ensign Peak! Beautiful views! A bit rocky but somewhat easy to navigate. Also a fun place to watch planes take off in the distance. Beautiful view of The Great Salt Lake.

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