Hikes Near Salt Lake City

Hiking in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City is a joy.This city is defined by the mountains that border it. They offer hiking opportunities within minutes of city living.And these aren’t just any hikes, as this region has some of the best hikes in the Lower 48.

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THE TOP 10 HIKES NEAR SALT LAKE CITY

The top hikes near Salt Lake City are an incredible array of trails for all ages, while some are busy you can also find yourself on top of a peak to enjoy the incredible scenery. Find the best hikes near Salt Lake City with our list below.

#1. Clayton Peak (3.8km, 455m, 1.5-3h): The steep hike up to Clayton Peak yields unbelievably stunning views. One of the easier summits to walk in the area, it’s surprising very few people make the trek!

#2. Sunset Peak (10.3km, 540m, 3.5-4.5h): If you are all about lakes, hiking up past Dog Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Martha and Lake Catherine are sure to please. The extra climb up to Sunset Peak blows the lakes out of the water and makes this a spectacular walk!

#3. Red Pine Lake & Pfeifferhorn Ridge (15.9km, 1,202m, 7.5-9h): The beautiful hike up to Red Pine Lake can easily be extended to grant truly 360-degree views. Hiking past the lake and onto Pfeifferhorn Ridge involves some rock hopping and scrambling and you will need to use your hands, but for confident, experienced hikers the panoramic scenery is worth the trek.

#4. Mt. Raymond (13.2km, 945m, 4-5.5h): Hiking Mt. Raymond is an incredible trek granting incredible views into the heart of the Wasatch, as well as west to Salt Lake City. Due to the somewhat larger elevation gain of the walk, there are also typically fewer people on the trail; it is not uncommon to have the summit to yourself.

#5. Box Elder Peak (22.0km, 1,496m, 8-10h): One of the classic summit trails, the brutal hike up to Box Elder Peak involves gaining a full mile of elevation: aka not a walk in the park. Once you crest the ridge just under halfway up, however, you are completely surrounded by absolutely stunning views, and the panoramas from the summit are unbelievable.

#6. Lake Blanche (11km, 837m, 4-5h): The popular hike up to Lake Blanche is hotspot for the hikers of Salt Lake City for a reason. A stunning alpine lake nestled between beautiful, rocky mountains are your reward for the tiring trail.

#7. Silver Lake (8.8km, 429m, 3-4h): A stunning alpine lake that few people walk to due to the three-mile dirt road access. This crisp beautiful lake hike rewards you with views of the grey cliffs of White Baldy. It’s a stunning scene, perfect for a picnic or a swim.

#8. Cecret Lake (2.7km, 143m, 1-1.5h): Using the access road for Alta ski lift maintenance you are swept to high elevation without having to do much work. Starting in high alpine meadows, this short climb goes to a stunning alpine lake. A great reward for relatively little effort!

#9. Mt. Aire (6.0km, 601m, 2.5-4h): Just outside of the heart of the Wasatch, the desert-like Mt. Aire is a great hike and has some stunning views. Obviously, the people who made this trail had never heard of switchbacks!

#10. Donut Falls (2.4km, 104m, 1-2h): The classic family hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon, the short climb up to Donut Falls is quite spectacular. The large cascading waterfall is especially beautiful, as is the general scenery that surrounds you throughout the entire hike.

01. CLAYTON PEAK

01. CLAYTON PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 3.8km
  • 455m
  • 1.5-3h

02. SUNSET PEAK

02. SUNSET PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 10.3km
  • 540m
  • 3.5-4.5h

03. RED PINE LAKE & PFEIFFERHORN RIDGE

03. RED PINE LAKE & PFEIFFERHORN RIDGE

  • Difficulty
  • 15.9km
  • 1202m
  • 7.5-9h

04. MT. RAYMOND

04. MT. RAYMOND

  • Difficulty
  • 13.2km
  • 945m
  • 4-5.5h

05. BOX ELDER PEAK

05. BOX ELDER PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 22km
  • 1496m
  • 8-10h

06. LAKE BLANCHE

06. LAKE BLANCHE

  • Difficulty
  • 11km
  • 837m
  • 4-5h

07. SILVER LAKE

07. SILVER LAKE

  • Difficulty
  • 8.8km
  • 429m
  • 3-4h

08. CECRET LAKE

08. CECRET LAKE

  • Difficulty
  • 2.7km
  • 143m
  • 1-1.5h

09. MT. AIRE

09. MT. AIRE

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 601m
  • 2.5-4h

10. DONUT FALLS

10. DONUT FALLS

  • Difficulty
  • 2.4km
  • 104m
  • 1-2h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir