Gobblers Knob via Alexander Basin Trail

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Gobblers Knob via Alexander Basin Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,979 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

Please note Mill Creek Canyon closes every winter to allow for groomed cross country ski opportunities. Mill Creek Canyon is closed from Maple Grove Picnic area to the top of the canyon. Trail can still be accessed, but you will need to walk from the road closure to the trailhead.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Probably the last car of the year past the gate (sheriff waiting for me at the trailhead to open the gate by Bowman Fork lower and let me out at 6:30 pm). Snow from the start, 5-9 inches of snow by the upper meadow. Fun blustery day.

One of the best trials in SLC! View at the peak incredible. No snow or mud now perfect conditions. The ascent is beautiful which isn’t the case of many of the popular hikes here. A couple of amazing alpine meadows.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Hiked this October 6 after the Wasatch has had some dustings of snow. This made for a muddy descent, though the mud was still frozen at 9am our hike up. An early start will allow you to avoid the mud if you are on the way down by 10am. Bring treking poles- this hike is steep! and regardless of mud, the added stability is a necessity on the way down. the view at the top is amazing, and don't miss out on the sea shells fossilized into the rock on boulders leading to the top as well as at the summit.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Nice trail, definitely a good workout!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Really nice trail. But please, bring micro spikes! I had to turn back halfway bc I didn’t have them and it was so muddy. It was too slippery with my trail runners but would’ve been fine with spikes

hiking
scramble
snow
4 months ago

Great day. Lots of snow!

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

The entire trail boasts some of the best views ever! There were so many meadows and Aspen groves. As long as you bring plenty of water & snacks for you & your pup and take a safe pace up & down, you’ll have the best day ever!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

if you want to hold hands, don't go on this trail! Great stair stepper the whole time.

So steep. Legs are jelly. Ridiculously steep. Worth it? Absolutely. Views are insane. Meadow and wildflowers on steroids. I clocked 5.5 miles to the knob.

hiking
5 months ago

Get ready for steep! From the Mill Creek side it’s 3,000 feet of elevation climb in just over 2 miles. That equates to some heavy breathing from your inexperienced, out of shape, “hiking” buddies. Feel the burn because you will. The hike is beautiful the entire way up. Lots to look at and plenty of shade for a majority of the hike. Definitely worth summiting. Don’t stop at the saddle. The rest of the hike takes all but 10 minutes or less from there. If stair master is your thing, I’d 10/10 recommend.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

Short and steep but really beautiful at the top! I started around 9 am and only saw 3 hikers on my way up. It started to get busier as I came down (so closer to 11 am). There’s no stream along the trail so bring plenty of water for your pup! The trail gets confusing in the last mile to half-mile. Stay left at the large boulder field and then stay right and head toward the rocky ridge line (the summit).

hiking
5 months ago

Not busy if you start around 8am on a Sunday. The traffic seemed to pick up on our way down around 11am. Still a few flowers left here and there -- also, toadstools, pika, and a couple of moose. This hike is steep as advertised but not sketchy in nice summer conditions. The path is occasionally a little overgrown but otherwise well-trodden. While there is intermittent shade and the first mile is forested, the trail gets pretty hot toward the bottom later in the morning. If you're partial to greenery and 360-degree views, these are some of the best in the Wasatch.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is actually 5.2 miles out and back not 4. Excellent hike. Gorgeous meadows and the view from the top is spectacular.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

Excellent hike, well shaded. Towards the end there is scrambling a little climbing

hiking
5 months ago

Short and steep with no snow to the summit. 1hr45 car2car on a cool overcast morning.

hiking
5 months ago

Short & steep. No snow to the summit. 1hr45 car to car on a nice cool overcast morning.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day with tons of elevation. No snow, no crampons needed. Pack water, you’ll need it if starting after 9am. Hardly any people (7), was just a bonus. Lots of loose rocks, so trek poles helpful if ankle intrinsic muscles aren’t super strong. Worth the views up/down big cottonwood canyon !!

hiking
6 months ago

Spikes are necessary, for several portions of the actual trail. (There’s a few snow patches left, see my pics.) And at least one pole, since it’s quite slippery with the steepness coupled with rocks, pine cones, etc., that have collected. Also, please clean up after your dogs and humans. (I gathered two bags of poo and other trash that people left.) Thank you to all the nice people on the trail, it’s so appreciated when others show they know that uphill hikers have the right of way!

hiking
6 months ago

Spikes are not necessary as of today, since it has been so warm and the snow is melting rapidly. The trail was easy to lose and I ended up freestylin' up the rock field which I would not recommend. The way down was much easier since I could see the trail clearly. There was a ton of ladybugs hatching at the summit, so cool! This is not for an inexperienced hiker. It starts out fairly steep and becomes much trickier with loose rock and dirt.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
6 months ago

Probably the toughest 2 miles up you’ll ever do, but definitely worth it. Lots of loose rock and some slick snow patches closer to the summit, so bringing spikes may still be a good idea (it’s July as I’m writing this review). Park in the lot that says Alexander Basin trail and follow it up—on AllTrails the start of the trail is straight up from the road up an embankment which isn’t correct.

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