Kessler Peak Trail

HARD 58 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
2926 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

snow

no dogs

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5 days ago

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11 days 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
18 days ago

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

Bring your poles!

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19 days ago

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20 days 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
27 days 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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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Did this with my 8 month old in a backing pack. It was a little cold for her at the start so I should have brought her warmer clothes. It was steep! We initially missed he trailhead, but once we went back and found it he trail was well cleared and easy to follow. The trail wasn't crowded at all. We got there at 7:20 and I would recommend that because by the time we got back the parking lot was full of people doing donut falls. It was a weekday in early August. No snow.

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