Little Black Mountain

HARD 22 reviews

Little Black Mountain is a 11.7 mile moderately 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 March until October.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5022 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Head east up the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Steiner Centennial section. The rocky path is wide, and scrub oak on both sides provides a bit of shade for about half a mile. At mile 0.08 is the City Creek Saddle and a great view of the University of Utah below. Do not follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail anymore. Instead, continue northeast up a hill of dry grass and grasshoppers. You will wander up and back down several hills with great canyon views. At the third hill, 1.2 miles, veer slightly left and go around the fourth hill. It's not a tough walk to hill six, where you get a taste of the steepness to come. Half way up hill six, veer left again, continuing east. The trail then curves north and east up another hill. At 2.1 miles you will reach an elevation of 6,398. This is just over halfway to the nearer of two Little Black Mountain peaks. Continue on another mile where the real steep part begins. From here, climb a brutal 800 feet in just more than half a mile. It gets grueling, and there is no shade. However, at mile 3.7 you will reach the top ridge of Little Black Hill, with spectacular views of Salt Lake, Davis, Tooele and Weber counties. You can continue on to reach another peak on the mountain, if you still have energy left.

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7 days ago

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29 days ago

Tough hike. 3,000'

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Definity an awsome view, a great place to watch the sunset. The beging of the hime is very easy, but the last mile or so will kick any experianced hiker, with lots of small rocks, making paths slippery and difficult with the steep incline. When you get to the peak, however, you feel like nothing can challenge you anymore. There is little to no tree coverage, so in summer it will be a hot hike, best done in spring or fall due to constant exposure to the sun.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Good hike through rolling hills, descent incline, boulder scramble at the top without clear path to the very summit. Would have made the bushwack, but spotted a sizable rattler cosied up in the brush. Decided since I was alone, it would be better to enjoy the 90%. Lots of little lizards, butterflies and even spotted a few horney toads.

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2 months ago

Nice hike and really not too hard until you hit the base of Little Black Mountain. It will kick your butt, especially if it's the first hike of the season for you.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great spring trail. It is a leg workout. We did 8 miles round trip. The flowers are out and the views are awesome. We trail ran part of back.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Hard to follow beyond summit and find trail to city creek. Minimal snow, some fun snowfields at the top. Storm came in lightening wasn't too close. Absolutely amazing views! Some steps too big for the dog without bushwhacking.

3 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Rolling green hills, hiking along the rolling ridge with stunning canyons on both sides. Great running trail too. Once you get to the actual mountain (about 3 miles in), the hike up is steep and pretty brutal, but totally worth it. There is snow at the very top still, some steps coming up to my knees, but I never needed to put on micro spikes.

3 months ago

Obviously you don't have to go all the way to the river and can turn back at the summit, which will cut about 2 miles. There are many false summits! The one that is visible from Avenues twin peaks is the first false summit. If you decide to stop there, you'll save another 2 miles. The ridge to the actual summit is a bit rocky and I had to deal with tons of unexpected snow.

Overall it's a beautiful hike!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best spring hikes for endless views. There are a few points where it gets steep but no rock scrambling. Overall the trail is well defined. Wear sunscreen and enjoy the climb.

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4 months ago

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9 months ago

This is a fantastic and relatively long hike. I started from my housing near The Pie Pizzeria by the University and took a trailhead north of Virginia Street. It ended up being 12.8 miles out and back. 3 hours up; 2.5 hours back. (The trail itself is 9.4 miles out and back from the trailhead I chose.) Awesome views all along the way. The first several miles are gradual and well-trafficked. Then there is quite a climb section once you reach Little Black Mountain proper. The scramble at the top deterred me from reaching the absolute summit - I don't think scrambling on a solo hike is always the best idea - but the views in all directions are pretty spectacular and diverse: the Salt Lakes, downtown, the Wasatch. A little windy and chilly on top, especially if you sit still for too long. Coming back down there were long stretches that were runnable. All in all a rewarding and beautiful way to spend the day!