Amazing views of downtown Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Mountains, and the Ochre Mountains.Very easy and quick hike, 1 mile roundtrip with a 350 foot elevation gain.Watch Evening Primrose bloom after sunset in spring.

This hike is a piece of cake with a sizable reward. It starts just up the hill behind the Capitol Building and ascends 350 feet over about 0.5 miles to the top on a very well marked trail. It's great for a family with young ones or maybe a quick post-dinner evening date. Parking is all along a residential street and though it could prove tricky to find a spot on a really busy weekend day, it's free!

The views are pretty spectacular for most of the short hike, though the top is where the big pay off lies. With the Wasatch Mountains to the east, the Great Salt Lake to the west, and the city sprawled out below, there aren't many better places to really get a sense of how SLC fits into the landscape.

After settling in, enjoying the view, and maybe reading some of the signage at the top, take some time to look around below you. We saw two Gopher Snakes, patches of wildflowers, and shortly after sunset, noticed a patch of Evening Primrose blooming under the almost full moon (late May).

No matter the season, the sunset will be glorious here. For us the sun was setting perfectly in the center of Antelope Island, though in the fall it will be behind the Ochre Mountains.

If you have a little more time, come earlier in the afternoon and hike all around the Ensign Peak Open Space. This leads to higher elevations and different vantage points, but depending on the time of year, the sunset may still be better (less obstructed) from Ensign Peak itself.

It can be busy so weekdays are definitely the time to do it if you want to avoid crowds.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Headlamp (if planning to hike back in the dark)
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 350 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Short, Easy, Worth an Hour or Two

It's crowded and easy, but worth a jaunt up if you haven't been or it's been a while. The kids will have fun getting out and you can enjoy the view of downtown.

over 1 year ago

Easy Beginner's Hike But Hard If You Take The Long Route

Easy hike if you're trying to get into hiking. There's a back trail you can take from the top of memory grove which makes the total hike about 2 or 3 hours long. Either route you do take is enjoyable due to the view, I recommend going at dusk or dawn! Great view of the city lights

Easy Family Friendly

Not my favorite hike. Great view of the city but I prefer to get away from the city when I hike


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