Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

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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

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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
45 minutes ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

A bit short, but the view is fantastic.

hiking
17 days ago

Not bad hike to gain some elevation to watch the sunrise

hiking
25 days 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
25 days 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.)

27 days 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
29 days 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.

1 month ago

Usually it's pretty crowded. But a nice, quick, relatively easy hike to do after work with your dog.

1 month ago

It's a short hike. Lovely view of the valley and great spot to enjoy sunset/sunrise.
However, there is always someone up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view. First family hike in Utah. Teenager was first up and first down. My youngest was a little nervous on the last part of the trail before the top.

1 month ago

easy trail, beautiful view!

hiking
1 month ago

Short, steep, and not well shaded. Views of the city are GORGEOUS. Sunset or after dark are great times to go. Don’t expect to be alone. Took my 7 month old in a pack and he did great.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, clear trail. Easy if you have an hour or less and want a quick hike.

1 month ago

Short, steep trail with amazing view of the city. Fairly easy even for non prepared people.

hiking
1 month ago

Good view and well maintained. Very steep (treacherous decent if you aren’t sure-footed)
Unfortunately there is a ton of graffiti along the trail and at the peak- so sad that people can be so idiotic.

1 month ago

One of the easiest trail in Salt Lake City. The view from the top was amazing and the I went at the time of sunset, so to witness that was simply beautiful. I strongly recommend this short trail.

2 months ago

Short easy hike but the view of the city is beautiful. Especially at night. Such a breath taking site.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular view of the Salt Lake City valley. It says easy and it is, but don’t think small chillins and their grandparents are gonna find it easy.

BUT, if you are in town for a short trip and need a fix for a super view that’s very accessible; drive the 5 minutes from downtown and you will love it.

2 months ago

Very short hike but the views are amazing at sunset of the city.

2 months ago

Short but very rewarding hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy! Kids can do it!! Is uphill all the way, but not too bad. Great view of the whole valley! It can get a little crowded at sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view for a short hike. Well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike. It was great weather this past Monday.

2 months ago

short but we'll worth the view

2 months ago

Simple and Relaxed Hike. Beautiful view of valley and great salt lake. Amazing hike for sunset views.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and somewhat steep walk up on a well marked trail. It wasn't very crowded which surprised me because it is a holiday weekend and the weather is excellent. The views are very nice at the top. It's close to the capitol building so we stopped by there and walked around after the hike.

2 months ago

It was fun, strapped on the 2 year old and my 4 year old navigated it well! Great views want to come back and watch a sunset!

2 months ago

Great hike for kids, and great views of the Salt Lake valley.

hiking
2 months ago

I absolutely loved exploring these trails! It was my first hike in Salt Lake City and it gives a very good view of the city and the downtown area! I suggest everyone go check this out already once!

2 months ago

Super short easy walk!

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