Kesler Peak

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

A very steep hike to one of the most prominent peaks in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Hiking Extreme

Distance
9.8 km
Ascent
946 m
Descent
946 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
21˚
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Description

This is one of the steepest hikes in the Wasatch mountains. The trail follows steep switchbacks through the forest for just over 2 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail is a little tricky to find, but it's worth it for the summit views. The steep terrain keeps it from being very busy despite its proximity to the Big Cottonwood Canyon road and the very popular Doughnut Falls trail.

Difficulty

Extreme

Scrambling up mountains and along technical trails with moderate fall exposure. Handholds are necessary to navigate the trail in its entirety, although they are not necessary at all times. Some obstacles can be very large and difficult to navigate, and the grades can often be near-vertical. The challenge of the trail and the steepness of the grade results in very strenuous hiking. Hikes of this difficulty blur the lines between "hiking" and "climbing".

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