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Ensign Peak – Salt Lake City Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah – Northern Utah


Ensign Peak, views of the Salt Lake Valley


It is about 1 mile round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

5017 ft

Summit Elevation

5425 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

408 ft

Time Required

1 hour round trip


Allowed on leash



Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season



Open year round

Sun Exposure

Not a whole lot of shade along the trail

Trail Condition

Trail is very wide and very visible.



Visitor Center

None, but there are information kiosks at the trailhead and trail end.


Not allowed


Bring snacks as needed


Sunglasses, bag for food and water

Ensign Peak is the place where Brigham Young and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints surveyed the surrounding valley.  It is a quick great hike that will reward you with amazing views of the area.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead:  40° 47.506’N, 111° 53.293’W
Ensign Peak:  40° 47.662’N, 111° 53.443’W

Trail Map

Driving Directions:

The Trail:

Here is the trailhead with informative exhibits.

Here is the trailhead with informative exhibits.

The Ensign Peak trailhead is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.   You will most likely be parked right next to some houses.  The trail begins with information on several exhibits about the peak itself, Native Americans, Pioneers, Explorers and more.  The information is interesting and worth checking out.

Informative exhibits about the early peoples of the Salt Lake area.

Informative exhibits about the early peoples of the Salt Lake area.

The trail is nice and wide

The trail is nice and wide

The trail goes on the right side of all the exhibits and you will quickly come to a fork in the path.  The left path leads to Vista Mound, which in my view is not worth it. If you continue on up the mountain you will come to Ensign Peak which is where you should check out.

Some "resting blocks" on the way up to the summit

Some “resting blocks” on the way up to the summit

This trail is easy to see and easy to follow.  You will wind around on the hillside for awhile and you will see several resting areas where there are cement blocks available for you to sit down on.

If you take it slow and steady this hike should be a breeze to hike up.

Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak

You will come to a great overlook of the airport and Magna areas.  From here the trail turns south and comes to Ensign Peak.  You will know you are at Ensign Peak for there is a large monument that has a plaque placed on it.  The peak offers amazing views of the entire valley.  You can see the University of Utah, Cottonwood Heights, the Point of the Mountain and more – on clear non hazy days of course.

The monument itself is interesting and you can see words and dates carved into the stones.

Kolob Stone

Kolob Stone

Amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley even on smoggy days

Amazing views of the Salt Lake Valley even on smoggy days

The Return:

Head back down the same way you came up.

Personal Thoughts:

If you are looking for a quick hike that offers a great view then consider hiking Ensign Peak. On good clear days expect to see lots of other hikers too.

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