Salt Lake City, Utah – Northern Utah
Ensign Peak, views of the Salt Lake Valley
It is about 1 mile round trip
1 hour round trip
Allowed on leash
Bring a bottle of water
Open year round
Not a whole lot of shade along the trail
Trail is very wide and very visible.
None, but there are information kiosks at the trailhead and trail end.
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.
Trailhead: 40° 47.506’N, 111° 53.293’W
Ensign Peak: 40° 47.662’N, 111° 53.443’W
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head back down the same way you came up.
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.