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Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face)

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Mount Olympus Wilderness

Grandeur Peak Trail (West Face) is a 4.4 mile heavily 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: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,238 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

2900 S Wasatch Blvd, Millcreek, UT. There is no parking on Cascade Way, it is resident permit parking only. This is a residential neighborhood.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

This is one of our favorite trails. There are really 2 paths — the north (closest to the lot) is the less steep path, but it’ll still get your calves burning. The other is very steep all the way through. We do this 3-4 times a week up to the first “false peak” for a workout. The views are insane from the start as there is (quite literally) no coverage and you’re able to turn around at anytime to get a great panoramic view of the valley. Towards the top becomes really different with craggy stone & these twisted trees that look like a drawing from a children’s bible. Haven’t sumitted in a couple weeks — it was a little slippery with crampons, but the snow had gotten soft enough where the crampons werent doing much anyways. Would recommend jogging down some of the steeper parts, especially towards the end. The gravel can get quite loose and the lighter / quicker steps without transferring all your weight are helpful in keeping your footing.

Well it’s as steep as they say, avoid this face on a wet day. Also be prepared to return to your car by 10pm because they threaten towing in the lot 10pm-5am. Makes a wonderful sunset summit if you can get down in time

hiking
15 days ago

If you like steep hikes, quick elevation gain and nice views without having to drive far from town, this is a great hike! You basically climb straight out of the parking lot and it doesn’t really ease up until you’re at the top. Not much for shade so be prepared on a really hot sunny day. There are a few intersecting trails at the beginning which may confuse some people their first time, but once you start climbing to gain the ridge, the trail is pretty straight forward. I recommend this for a solid workout or if you are in the mood for a challenge

Steep climb and dry. Little bit of snow on the trail near the top when the trail dips on the north facing slope

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

Now is the perfect time to go considering there is no shade. Trail kicked my butt. Love the view from up top.

hiking
no shade
scramble
23 days ago

One of the best 3000+ low miles high vertical hikes close to Downtown SLC. The trail is pretty straightforward but brutally inclined which means the way down is pretty sketchy on muddy less friction sections. Started at 530 pm , summited at 830 pm. Back down between 915 and 1115 pm.

hiking
25 days ago

North trail on west face joins the south trail to the top. Didn’t encounter snow until the final approach to the top.

hiking
25 days ago

While green and pretty, the trail wasn't not well marked at beginning of the trail. We got lost when we took the fork to the left and ended up on a steep ledge on some apparent deer trail. We backtracked a mile and half back to the right direction, but we pooped out because it was too steep. It is very slippery and has loose dirt and gravel. I saw a girl slide several feet down the trail. Myself and partner also slipped and fell. The East route is a much better option. Never again:(

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Perfect time of year to go since there is no shade. Wonderful work out. There’s some snow towards the top, but I was able to do it with trail runners and shorts . The view is definitely worth the pain.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Love this trail. Excellent views all the way around. Snow towards the top .. don’t need spikes but it would help

1 month ago

Went up the 1st time this am. It did not disappoint. I forgot my poles too but glad I had my spikes. I put them on the last .25 miles b4 the top. All snow packed and alil steep in some parts but you are almost to the top. Views were great and saw 2 deers on the way down.

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Steep! Make sure you got the right shoes

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very top still had untouched snow which was such a treat. I would say it’s appropriately rated as hard due to steepness but it felt like a shorter hike than I was anticipating.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

The view was beautiful, but holy cow! that was steep and slick! when the trail forks into two pads, I would recommend taking the left side up and the right side down. The right side is extremely steep 90% of the time. it will tucker most people out pretty quickly! regardless, beautiful hike, with a rewarding view. I saw mountain chickadees near the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Fabulous hike with great views the entire way! Snowy at the top! I did manage to drop a single Subaru car key along the trail, please email if you found it! Thanks! mga500@hotmail.com

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