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Grandeur Peak East Trail from Church Fork is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 2,627 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Fee

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If you drive up into the canyon, there is a $5 fee The trailhead starts at the end of the Church Fork picnic area road. If the picnic area is closed, park outside and walk along the picnic area road till the end to the start of the trail head. This will had 0.2 miles each way.

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Reviews (1637)
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Alexander Buxbaum
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Hiking

Wonderful, memorable trail. Hiked it with my dad on a Tuesday in July. Parking lot was virtually empty and so was the trail. We took our time heading up, and the views after the first mile kept getting better and better. Lots of switchbacks, and consistently uphill, but never unbearably steep. Plus, there’s a lot of shade on the way up. The summit is awesome, with a complete view of the surrounding mountains, Salt Lake City, and the Great Salt Lake. Highly recommend this one.

Cloud O Mass
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HikingOver grown
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Mac Caldwell
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HikingFee

Lots of fun on this trail. It was well-trafficked and we saw probably twenty people between our 6:30 start and 10:00 finish. Trail is not well marked at a few places. Stay right at the fork just above the picnic grounds, and stay left at the fork nearer to the top of the trail. Enjoy the view.

Colleen Burns
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Ciaran Morinan
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HikingGreat!
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Jazmin Gallegos
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HikingRockyScramble

So happy I finally did this hike. Gorgeous views, in fact I thought the views to the south going down were even more spectacular. It was pretty busy today and I must say, we all, including myself, need to be better at wearing masks. Bring plenty of water! This hike is tough!

Leslie Miller
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Hiking

Did this hike Weds morning & only passed a few people on the way up-even had the summit to myself. The way down was getting a bit crowded but it still wasn’t bad. Beautiful trail with lots of water in the first part. It’s a steady incline to the top but nothing that bad.

Whitney Douglas
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Hiking

Arrived at 6am which ended up Being perfect for us! Hardly anyone until coming down. The views were unreal! It was a pretty good incline the whole time. I thought I was in good shape but my bootie is feeling it today! do this!

Ruthie Shinn
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Great hike! Perfect afternoon get away for us.

Jared G
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Hiking

Beautiful trail this time of year. Made it up in just over 90 minutes and down in 60.

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Adam Sollis
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Hiking

I'll tell you what. I really enjoy this hike. First off, I had great company and that makes any hike just a little better. Secondly we were able to finish before it became too warm. This is one of my favorites for a few reasons. 1. Perfect distance (gates open at 8:00 if you want .2 miles closer) 2. Good elevation gain without killing my old as dirt knees on the way down. 3. Spectacular views. 4. Waterfalls on your way up. Trail is a little rocky at times, with very moderate scrambling in two small sections. Mountains are green right now so go and enjoy your time in the hills. You won't regret this one regardless of your conditioning level. A few tips. 1. Bring a good friend. 2. Bring water for the trail and cool drink to enjoy on the summit. 3. Pack in some nice Jerky that you smoked on your Traegar last week and enjoy on your way up. (reach out if yo want a good recipe) 4. Have a chilled Chocolate, Coconut Almond milk waiting for you in the car when you are done. Enjoy.

Max Andrew
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HikingRockyScramble

Not too steep until you get closer to the peak, then there can be some scrambling and losing your bearrings from the trail. Saw a rattlesnake who rattled at me near the trail about 2/3rds up which was startling. Views at the top are great. Ran the whole way down because I was racing the sunset, and returned to my car, drenched in sweat with 10 minutes of light to spare.

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Sudhan Kanitkar
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Hiking

The trailhead is at the end of the Church Fork picnic area road. We got there early in the morning(6:15) and the area was still closed. This added 0.2 miles each way to the hike. The 1st and 3rd mile have pretty steep grades with some spots needing a scramble on the third mile. Lots of shade throughout the the hike except closer to the top. There also lots of flowers along the trail. There are patches where I felt as if I was walking through a flower garden. The views from the top are superb.

Sarah Ware
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Hiking

This hike was a great morning hike with not only epic views on the way up but that view on the top of the Wasatch Range and Salt Lake Valley can't be beat! Left about 6:30am and was shaded most of the way up and took a little over 3 hours round trip. The only thing I would have done differently was to go a little earlier to beat the crowd as there were a lot of people as we were heading back down and the trail is narrow most of the way. Best way to start out a Saturday morning!

Jennifer Hemberg
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Great— super dog friendly although there’s no natural water after about the first mile or so. Some bugs at the top and saw a rattlesnake about 1/4 mile from the peak. Definitely a work out

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Eric Roman
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Hiking

Took just over 3 hours with our 10yo son and our dog. Epic view from the peak. Dog loved all the streams in the lower third.

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Maria Figueroa
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Great workout!

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Olivia Sutton
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Hiking

Great trail- we started this hike at 5 am and the trailhead was tricky to find especially since we couldn’t park closer to the trailhead because the gate was closed. This hike was about 5 miles roundtrip. It was beautiful the whole way up!

Deepak Kancharla
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Sarah Hamatake
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HikingRockyScramble

This hike is really great with some beautiful views. However, a lot of people have suggested this is a moderate hike, and I have to disagree. The last half mile is a scramble and coming down can be hard on your knees. Still, it is worth it.

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Umar Shehzad
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HikingFeeRocky

There are some reviews suggesting that it’s not a hard hike, that maybe true if you hike a lot. It has a decent elevation all the way. There’s a $5 fee for parking, drive down the small road till the point it ends. Pretty good hike and nice views. Shady for the first half.

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Joseph Moyes
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Hiking

good, but be ready for a very steep trail. if your just starting to hike don't do this hike.

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Amanda Cowles
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Hiking

Hiked 6/18/20 perfect conditions & amazing views the whole way.

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