Kessler Peak Trail

HARD 64 reviews

Kessler Peak Trail is a 4.5 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 October.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2824 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

snow

no dogs

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

Trail is beautiful right now. Snow starts to pop up intermittently around the halfway point but it isn't too bad. There's a decent stretch that crampons would've been helpful for, but for the most part a pair of good grip-y shoes will be fine. Super steep, though. Pretty much the entire way up. Zero signage though, so double check on the map here to make sure you're staying on track.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

The trail was steep, muddy and a tad snowy, with not much of a view. However, the view at the top is absolutely bonkers.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep and slippery but fantastic views. Some snow and mud. Even with a hiking pole I slipped several times. Better than neffs for city views.

hiking
1 month ago

great steep hike.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Here are some more specific directions:

Park at donut falls parking lot and begin walking the donut falls trail as if that's where you are headed. Continue along the trail until you cross the creek over the bridge. At this point you will be at a fork in the trail. There will be a trail sign for donut falls pointing to the left as you face it. Walk west, past and behind this trail marker for donut falls. You will immediately hit a service trail, it is wide and can't be missed. Turn left, head up the trail approximately 250 yds. You will see a trail on your right headed up the Mtn. It may be very overgrown in the spring. This is the trail to Kesslers peak. And it's hard as hell. Very steep throughout. But great views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, especially if you like the steep uphill stuff.

Bring your poles!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

If you do not like heights and crossing open slopes, it is not the hike for you! Take poles, take water, wear good hiking shoes. Loved this hike though I did not bag the Peak. I am a saddle bagger. This a steep climb and as you near the top you have open slopes, greater views, a beautiful sloping meadow of wild flowers, and 2 open mines! Go early and park at Donut Falls. Head west along the road and over the creek and pass through the gates service road. Follow the road a bit,. When you hit the Y in the road keep right. The trail head is unmarked and on your right. Lots of shade and some old pine groves! Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

A very strenuous steep hike.

Descending was a bit tricky as some sections of the path have loose soil with rocks on top.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. Some really steep parts made going down a little tricky...with an 8 year old