Mount Raymond Via Alexander Basin Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Mount Raymond Via Alexander Basin Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop 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 July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

Strenuous uphill trek through beautiful basin meadows where moose and small wildlife are common. Conquer the peak in a difficult final scramble. Come prepared with proper hiking attire, plenty of water and insect repellent. Follow the same trail back or add a mile and circle the loop. Dog friendly but remember...Leave No Trace!

23 days ago

28 days ago

Definitely a more difficult hike! we ended up doing an out and back on the Alexander Basin Trail which made it roughly 5 miles. The views at the top are worth the elevation climb!

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a difficult, lengthy, but highly rewarding and spectacular hike! The wildflowers are incredible right now!

I highly recommend taking the highlighted route, at least 4L of water (I used 4 out of 5.5L, but benefited from a couple hours of cloud cover), bug spray (I regret not bringing it), and gaitors (or zip up pants) for the first half of White Fur Pass.

Alexander Basin is grueling and unrelenting, but you are immediately rewarded with breathtaking views of Big Cottonwood Canyon once you reach the ridge. The summit of Gobbler's Knob is a very short distance away with more incredible views. The Basin is by far the most difficult section of the entire hike. It is completely exposed for the majority. When you get to the loose rock section, watch out for the trail near the bottom of it on the left side. It is easy to miss. Don't stay on the rocks for very long.

The path down the saddle and up to Mt. Raymond (looks like a giant chisel on top) is clearly defined. The upper section near the summit has some decent scrambling, so use caution. More awesome views.

The wildflowers on the saddle are amazing, but are nothing compared to what you see on Baker Pass. So many shades of white, red, purple, and yellow. Baker Pass is beautiful, lush, and vibrant.

You will eventually come to (the backside of) a sign indicating the path back to Alexander Basin. Starting immediately, this section is quite overgrown with shrub oak, but not enough to lose the trail. Strap on your gaitors or zip up your convertible pants here (it is completely do-able without, but much more enjoyable with). There are some short climbing sections here as well.

Enjoy the drive down gorgeous Millcreek Canyon ($3 exit fee) and take the rest of the day off, you've earned it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this loop this morning and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. There is a fair amount of overgrowth on the northern section of the loop that requires some bush whacking, but that doesn't detract from the spectacular views and abundance of wild flowers. I stayed south at the first fork to travel up Gobblers Knob before continuing along the ridge to Mount Raymond. The final scramble to the peak of Mount Raymond was a ton of fun and the view that greets you at the peak is very impressive. This trail was just enough of a challenge to make the hike that much more satisfying.

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2 months ago

3 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

9.10.2016 | 20lb Backpack

This trail is HARD but beautiful. It can be broken into two sections--hike to Gobbler's Knob and then continuing to Mt Raymond. The trail to Gobbler's Knob is steep and passes through meadows which are gorgeous in summer. After reaching Gobbler's you continue South, dropping down into a saddle and back up to scramble/summit Mt Raymond.

Note that the reason this hike is strenuous is due to the steepness and the fact that you hike up to Gobbler's, down & up to Mt Raymond, down & up back to Gobbler's and steep down to trail head. It's an exhausting trek but the views are so rewarding!

My GSD and I drank every last drop of the 6L water packed and rested for lunch after Gobbler's.

There's a variety of shade/exposure along the entire trail so be sure to wear sun protection and trekking poles would be amazing for the way down!

Prepare to fight your way to the end but if I can do it, anyone can!