While most routes to Grandeur Peak meander north from Mill Creek Canyon, this 5.2-miler climbs Grandeur’s steep and rugged west face. From the trailhead at the northern tip of Wasatch Boulevard, head north on the Bonneville Trail, which follows an old road, toward a junction with the Dragon Tail Trail. Turn left on Dragon Tail and begin pushing up and to the east. The trail’s lower stretch, which leads to a popular climbing spot called the Reef, is well-defined and easy to follow. Upon passing the Reef, the trail begins to trace a spiny, jagged rock formation known as the Dragon Tail. From here, the trail becomes rougher and steeper, winding faintly through brushy, rock-scattered terrain. You’ll have to employ a bit of route-finding to reach Grandeur Peak, which tops off at 8,229 feet.
From the summit, enjoy far-ranging views of Mill Creek Canyon to the south, Gobblers Knob and Mount Raymond to the east, and Salt Lake City to the west. Trek downhill via the well-marked Center Trail, sidestepping the occasional rattlesnake while notching additional Wasatch Mountain views along the way. Follow a Y-junction onto the North Trail, which you’ll follow for a brief stretch before connecting to the Overlook Spur. Just over 0.5 mile from the trailhead, the Spur leads to a flat, elevated knob offering an expansive panorama of the city below. After enjoying the view, descend from the knob and reconnect with the Bonneville Trail to return to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Charlie Hart
Trailhead: From I 215 S, take exit 3 and follow signs for Wasatch Blvd. Turn left at Wasatch Blvd. (E 3300 S.) and follow for 0.6 mile. Parking and trailhead are at end of road.