Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

EASY 688 reviews
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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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

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
snow
9 days ago

Extremely pretty! But there was just too much snow on the trail compacted into ice making it dangerous and hard to climb...

walking
muddy
scramble
snow
25 days ago

good easy trail but extremely muddy right now. everyone in our group slipped and fell at least once. would definitely recommend this hike during dry times though! Beautiful views

hiking
muddy
snow
27 days ago

Did this today. Nice short hike with great views of the city. Terrain was muddy and slush so I used crampons. Weren’t required but definitely helped.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view of the city and perfect for sunset. Well populated walk and very accessible from the city

hiking
1 month ago

I gave this four stars because I am sure this is a remarkable trail… but my personal experience, it should’ve been a zero. But it’s not a trail fault, I picked the worst day to do this trail. When I got to the peak, there was zero visibility to the city below. Also, there was a lot of ice on the ground and it was very difficult to walk up. I knew I should’ve waited for a clear day, but I only had a couple of hours free in order to make this hike happen at all. I will see if I can get time to do this trail one more time, but I doubt it. Anyway, I’m sure this trail is beautiful in the summertime.

hiking
1 month ago

My third time going. It was muddy and icy, but overall very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Be sure to have proper gear if going when the trail is icy!

hiking
1 month ago

very fun short hiking! the top part is really really muddy, but super fun too!

nature trips
1 month ago

easily accessible trailhead.the trails are marked and well maintained there was mud and a trace of snow towards the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun little trail with impressive views of the valley.

Great historic hike as well ...

Lots of mud this time of year ...

There is a boot scraper, but bring plastic bags ...

:-)

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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

3 months ago

Worth it for the view, short, and nice

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Easy nice morning climb to watch sun rise.

mountain biking
3 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Quick short trail, heavily trafficked.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 months ago

don’t forget your book of M.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice view but really tracked out and muddy

hiking
5 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
5 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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

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