Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face)

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Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face) is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3234 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

From Wasatch Blvd at 33rd South the approach is reached from about 2900 South on Cascade Way which is a frontage road.

3 days ago

I'm one for a challenge, and this route to the peak will definitely give you a workout. It's quite a steady incline the entire way up through gravelly rock at the beginning, and ending with a semi rock scramble. Great views the entire way. I'll be back!

18 days ago

absolutely stunning views over salt lake valley and also along i-80. views for days! took me 3 hours round trip with stopping to eat and allowing time for photos as well. highly recommend it before it gets to hot.

1 month ago

Well, I haven’t hiked in eight months. Needless to say this hike kicked my ass. We puffed and vented all the way to the summit despite the treacherous ice. The first 1.5 miles of this hike are by far the hardest as they are the steepest. Hiked on 4/8/18 and no spikes/crampons were needed to reach the summit.

very fun.

1 month ago

beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great, steep trail for pack training. Also, conveniently located next to the gym for multi days.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike yesterday steep, a little snowy at the top with a great view. No spikes but would have been useful on the way back down.

hiking
1 month ago

Great well marked trail, challenging and steep hike! Great views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this yesterday! Pretty Steep, great views. Snow is solid up top, my micro spikes came in handy but not necessary. On the steeper side so not necessarily for first time hikers. Took us about 4 hours...lots of breaks haha.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Lots of snow and ice, so definitely need micro spikes.

3 months ago

Good hike, but it is steep and in early February there was a lot of ice and snow toward the top

hiking
3 months ago

pretty good hike there is snow and ice in top but ice cleat or micro spike will work prefect. great work out.

3 months ago

Whoa! Amazing climb! Very steep - mostly muddy and sludge today. Incredible view of the valley!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Jan. 27, 2018 hiking
Only need microspikes at the moment. It did get pretty windy towards the top so dress warmly. Pretty chill pace since I haven't hiked much the last few months and I developed a blister on my heel. 2 hours up, 1.5 down

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike!

hiking
4 months ago

A little muddy but other than that very good. Had to ditch my crampons about 4/5 of the way up because the snow got so sticky it was forming in big chunks on the spikes

trail running
5 months ago

It was hard to run at first, as it was very steep. However after the first half I was able to jog the rest. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to summit and about 35 minutes to get back to my car.

hiking
6 months ago

Great Hike!

6 months ago

Awesome incline but a bit rocky in some spots! Watch your step and Mountain bikers.

7 months ago

Nice trail. It's tiring, but rewarding

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail with a friend recently and it's one hell of a workout. The trail is beautiful the whole way up but especially towards the top with all the views of the city and the mountains. Be careful on your way down. It's very steep and slippery!

trail running
7 months ago

Awesome trail for an easily accessible workout with great views of SLC. The highway is a bit loud at first but you quickly rise up out of that area. This is a leg burner of a trail and it is very chossy on the way down so make sure you have good trail shoes.

hiking
8 months ago

Short, steep, and sweet! Steady, steep incline most of the way up along a barren ridge with no shade.
Unfortunately, when I finished my hike and arrived at the trailhead parking lot, I noticed the passenger window in my truck was busted in, along with two other cars too.

hiking
8 months ago

It was a good hike. Word of caution it is pretty steep with little to no shade. Getting to the top you are treated with some pretty good views. Definitely bring two or more bottles of water.

hiking
9 months ago

This is not the forested and most scenic route up Grandeur Peak - this is the gnarly one for a great workout. Straight up, steep, challenging, exposed - some great views of the valley. If you want a high cardio experience that will really work all your leg muscles (front and back) - this is your hike. Because of the straight up steep ascent and straight down descent that can sometimes be slippery on little rocks and shale pieces, make sure you have trail running shoes that have a good gripping tread (I've found Hoka Challenger and Saucony Peregrine have the best treads for gripping) - and make sure you take two bottles of water. I like this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Intense, and extremely rewarding.

9 months ago

5 stars for difficulty.. I'm far beyond afraid of a difficult hike, but there are better ones in Utah for sure. 2 stars and lower because the majority of the trail is dirt slides you have to try to trek up losing foot grip all the way up AND having to slide damn near the whole way down so you don't fall and slip completely off the mountain side. There are no wild flowers, nothing to look at that other hikes West facing don't offer, everything is dead and brown. PLUS there is a plague of grasshoppers ALL 6 miles and more if you actually go to the peak! All 6 miles+
It sounded like it was raining grasshoppers the ENTIRE hike, and completely unenjoyable. I was dodging them left and right like the matrix. I didn't realize going into it, that my matrix skills had to be on point! Worst hike in Utah, no doubt, to this point.

9 months ago

Fun hike, it's extremely steep and I've noticed quite a few people who do it a few times a day.. it's not a long hike but definitely challenging! Saw lots of lizards, tons of grasshoppers and dragonflies. Took about two hours to get to the top!

hiking
10 months ago

This is my teens favorite hike. The trail is not too long but challenging enough. Highly recommend to hike it.

10 months ago

Great to hike the Western slope to the summit then descend across the back to Church Fork. Good day hike but you need to walk out of Millcreek Canyon or arrange some Transportation.

11 months ago

nice

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