Guidebook

10 of the Best Peak Climbs near Salt Lake City

You don't have to go far from Salt Lake City to find an epic peak to climb!

Description

Salt Lake City, Utah, boasts the best mountain access of any major city in the United States.

There, I said it.

That's a bold statement, but the facts back it up. While other so-called "mountain cities," such as Denver, are situated a long way from true mountains, the Wasatch Range rises straight from the outskirts of Salt Lake City, climbing from 4,300 feet above sea level to a sky-scraping 11,752 feet at the top of Mount Timpanogos. (Mount Nebo is the highest peak in the range at 11,928 feet, but it's located many miles to the south of Salt Lake.)

With foothills overlooking downtown, soaring mountain summits directly on the edge of the Salt Lake Valley, and lofty peaks further back in the Wasatch Range, you don't need to go far from downtown Salt Lake to find a worthy mountain to climb. In this guidebook, I've rounded up 10 of the best peak climbs, ranging from short to long and easy(er) to challenging.

Outstanding summits in this guidebook include Mount Timpanogos mentioned above, mapped here as a lollipop loop. Mount Superior is also widely regarded as one of the most famous peaks in the Wasatch.

Mount Ogden soars above the valley floor, visually dominating the Wasatch Front. The Twin Peaks and Mount Olympus also hold a commanding presence in SLC's mountain view.

The peaks called out here are just the highlights. Dig deep into this guidebook, and you're guaranteed to find the perfect summit hike for your next foray into the mountains!

Mount Timpanogos Loop
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Mount Timpanogos Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
23.3 km
1,434 m
Arguably the top peak climb in the state of Utah.
Easy
Private
Mount Ogden
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Mount Ogden

6 - 7 hrs
23.7 km
1,560 m
1,560 m
A long hike to the summit of one of the most prominent peaks along the Wasatch Front.
Severe
Private
Pfeifferhorn Peak
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Pfeifferhorn Peak

Alta & Snowbird
5 - 6 hrs
14.8 km
1,173 m
1,173 m
This is a strenuous, but classic hike that contains a mix of shaded forrest and high alpine environments.
Extreme
Private
Mount Superior
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Mount Superior

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
7.5 km
764 m
764 m
The most iconic and well-known peak in the Wasatch Mountains.
Severe
Private
Twin Peaks via Broad Forks Trail
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Twin Peaks via Broad Forks Trail

Salt Lake City
6 - 7 hrs
13.3 km
1,575 m
1,575 m
The mighty Twin Peaks are the most visible and prominent mountains in the Wasatch front.
Extreme
Private
Lone Peak
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Lone Peak

Salt Lake City
6 - 7 hrs
18.7 km
1,731 m
1,731 m
The effort on this unique and worthwhile hike puts you on top of one of the tallest and most dramatic peaks in the Wasatch Range.
Extreme
Private
Mount Raymond
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Mount Raymond

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
11.8 km
926 m
925 m
Mount Raymond is one of the tallest and most prominent peaks along the Big Cottonwood/Millcreek ridge.
Severe
Private
Mount Olympus
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Olympus

Salt Lake City
10.2 km
1,268 m
Mount Olympus is one of the most visible and well known peaks along the Wasatch Front.
Easy
Private
Grandeur Peak: West Ridge Route
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Grandeur Peak: West Ridge Route

Salt Lake City
3 - 4 hrs
7.0 km
1,020 m
1,020 m
A short, steep hike to the summit of Grandeur Peak.
Difficult
Private
Mount Wire Loop
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Mount Wire Loop

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
6.3 km
645 m
641 m
Quick suburban hike to a low summit.
Difficult
Private