Snake Creek Pass and Clayton Peak is a 9.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until November.

Length9.8 kmElevation gain599 mRoute typeOut & back
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Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Beautiful mountain woodlands, breathtaking panoramic views This hike begins at the Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail has been recently re-routed, so make sure to take note of the signs marking the new trail. This trail winds through some beautiful woodland areas with an occasional view of the surrounding canyon. The trail climbs out of the woodland onto a ridge overlooking Snake Creek Pass. From here, the beautiful Heber Valley can be seen to the east, Mt. Timpanogos to the southwest, and Big Cottonwood Canyon behind to the northeast. From here, hikers can return to the trailhead or continue on the service road to the left to tackle Clayton Peak and enjoy its spectacular view. About 1/4 mile up the service road, the trail will pick up at the base of Clayton Peak. For the next 1/4 mile, the hike is fairly strenuous. The trail becomes a series of switchbacks that ascend the face of the peak. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it when you behold the view at 10721 feet.

Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411 Tu-Sa 10:30a-7:00p MT

Getting to Big Cottonwood Canyon: Take I-215 South (freeway will become I-215 East) until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. The intersection is clearly signed. You will see a 7-11 store to your right. From the north or south ends of the valley, take I-15 to I-215 East and follow the directions above. Getting to the Trailhead: Follow the canyon road clear to the top. The road will lead you right into the Brighton Resort and into a huge parking lot. To the left, you will notice a large kiosk with a pitched roof. Park close to the kiosk as this is where the trailhead is. Read posted signs carefully for re-routes or other information about the trail.

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Patricia Girardi
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Busy until it splits from the lakes trail. As another review mentioned, be really careful when you start the ascent to the peak because it’s easy to lose the trail. I took a wrong turn and had to do a little unnecessary scrambling. Gorgeous trail and great views from the peak! Even the views from the access road are stunning.

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Annie Hendryx
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Brett Campbell
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Breezy Four ascents and descents Spur loo at the end is closed

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Austin Davis
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Awesome hike. Brighton lakes trail is always packed with people but once you cut off onto Clayton Peak you wont see many people. The hike from dog lake up to Snake Creek Pass is the best hiking trail in Brighton Resort IMO.

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Aylin Rodan
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As others have said, very few people after getting onto the Clayton Peak trail, even on a Sunday. I was there early enough that there weren't too many people even before that. Easygoing and pretty trail through the woods (and criss-crossing resort slopes) until you get to the ridge. Great views from Snake Creek Pass. If you don't want the harder climb to the top of Clayton Peak, ample reward there. If you want to go to the peak, make a left along the ridge. The trail up to the peak is obvious, but is also marked by a stake. This is the north limb of the loop. At one point the trail seems to go to the left, but after climbing a bit I realized that I was off trail. Backtracked and realized I hadn't noticed the cairns guiding in the right direction. Trail to the top is really fun with a bit of scrambling, nothing scary, and a good climb. Gorgeous views at the top. A little hazy today so need to come back on a clearer day! I couldn't really make out the trail on the south limb, and I was mindful of another review stating that that would be a hard way down, so went back the way I came. By the time I got to the end of the Clayton Peak trail, there were the usual crowds going back and forth to Lake Mary so I decided to go down the service road and then finished off on a trail through the slope going down to the bottom.

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Pavel Dopita
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The top was hard but rewarded with view.

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Kim Higginson
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Kurtis McDonald
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Trent Carlisle
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Hiked in the evening starting from Brighton. Lots of hikers on the trail until the turn off at Dog Lake and then no one else on the trail. The trail is completely dry and in good condition...once it diverges from the main Brighton Lakes trial. After splitting from the main trail, the path becomes a nice single track as it crosses through the woods and ski run. Eventually it does join up with the access road / cat track near the summit. From the access road follow the social trail and also scramble along the ridge to the peak. It's shorter and easier to reach the peak from the north ridge of Clayton rather than the south ridge; but if you're following the "lollypop" route--which shows travel on both north and south ridges--I would suggest that it is easier to scramble up the south ridge rather than go down it.

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Josh Westermeyer
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Did a big loop around the peak which extended the hike a few miles. Great hike! Started around 8am and took the service road up to Lake Mary trailhead. Once you head towards the peak I only saw a handful of people. Much busier on way back down but no one else was taking road down.

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Michele Boren Preisendorf
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Shelli Smith
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BEAUTIFUL! We got in the trail about 7:30 am (4th of July) and had the trail basically to ourselves, only meeting a few other hikers at the top of Clayton peak. We didn't run into too many people until the last part of the trail when it joins the Lake Mary trail -- so we opted to go down the service road instead. Trail conditions were great: just a few small spots of snow or mud on the trail but it was no problem. It's a beautiful trail through the wooded hillside with plenty of mosquitos! There is a slight trail near the rocky boulder scramble at the top to help make it to the beautiful view!

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Shelby Knudson
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almost no one here, even though I started around noon on a Saturday. the ridge is rocky and the trail is kind of nebulous there, but otherwise not too difficult to follow. lots of shady parts in the woods

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Bélla Fanucchi
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Great snow after the climb. Beautiful views the whole way and spotted a deer family.

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Lisa Trent
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Lake Mary trailhead to Clayton Peak. Perfect.

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carol dalton
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Steve Smylie
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Seph R
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My GPS clocked this at 6 miles round trip. A very gradual incline until you get to the last 1/8 a mile which takes you up to the peak. This trail is beautiful and is very quiet compared to going to the lakes. You are hiking through Brighton ski resort so there are service roads you cross, but don't let that deter you. It's a great hike.

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Scott Tadler
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Brighton was packed with people. So the first little bit did not exactly have a wilderness feel. Once on the trail to Clayton peak though, there was no one. Took an alternate route down by hiking north on the ridge line, then down to a nearby lift (watch the cliff) and down the run to some tire tracks which eventually led to a trail. Made for a nice loop. View from the peak was amazing!

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Lynn McClellan
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We hiked from Brighton Resort. There had been a cold snap and there was 1-3" of snow, which made this moderate trail a bit more difficult. The woods are beautiful although the snow made it a little harder to find the trail. We stopped at snake creek pass and had our snacks on some rocks overlooking the best vista. A sign there identified each peak so we knew what web were looking at. We did not continue to Clayton's Peak due to the snow but really enjoyed the hike.

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Dave Lewis
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From Brighton it was a 7 mile hike round trip. The views were beautiful and well worth the hike. The trail was easy except for the last .5 miles. The last part is a scramble through rocks to the top.

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Marcella D
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My favorite hike this year!! But I'm partial to the trails at Brighton. If you ski there this is fun to connect the dots of some favorite runs. You cross under the Crest and Snake Creek lifts and end up on The Western Trail which takes you to Clayton Peak. We did find the unmarked trail but spent a decent amount of time rock scrambling just because it was fun. Had lunch at the summit- beware of the biting flies! Then decided to follow the service road and trails down the Great Western side making a full loop. A nice, moderate hike.

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Cynthia R
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Do this hike!!! I was on the trail with 30 people or more until I broke off at Dog Lake and the I was all alone no other hikers. The view from Snake Creek was amazing and then I got to the top of Clayton Peak and a steep scramble and WOW!!! BEAUTIFUL!

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Erin A
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The trail starts at the Brighton Lakes trailhead and junctions at the Dog Lake trail. Look for the sign that says Clayton Peak. You will travel through shaded forest and a couple of meadows. Once you are on the service road near the top, you can either look for the unmarked trail (there's a cairn), or follow the service road all the way up to the ski lift and do some boulder hopping to the peak. The unmarked trail is much easier to follow. Great panoramic views at the top.

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Carri Ward
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The view from the saddle is gorgeous as is the view from the peak itself. It overlooks the Heber Valley on one side and down canyon looking west. This is a rocky peak. We took and ate lunch on top with a group of 5 adults and 7 children. We even carried one in a baby backpack. Instead of making this an out and back we shuttled a car to the top of Guardsman Pass and continued along the ridge line and back to the car. The trail winds through some beautiful trees. The first part of the hike is hot and dusty, but once you hit the cut-off to the peak it is such a beautiful hike.

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Apaar Shanker
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