Guidebook

The Best Hikes Around Alta and Snowbird

Bountiful mountain paths not far from Salt Lake City.

Description

Fresh mountain air, meadows of wildflowers and babbling creeks. The hikes around Alta and Snowbird and nothing short of serene. From family friendly trails to ridge-line scrambles and challenging climbs, there are many routes to take you away from that hectic city feeling.

The area around Alta has a mining history, as it was formerly host to the Michigan City Mine, which closed back in 1927. Amongst the wildflowers and wooded paths, you may spot some old mining relics- which are fascinating from a far, but potentially dangerous to touch!

Located 8,569 feet above sea level and just 30 minutes from Salt Lake Valley, Alta and Snowbird are the perfect respite from the heat of Salt Lake summers.

Sources:
https://www.skiutah.com/blog/authors/yeti/salt-lake-s-top-biking-and-hiking
https://www.alta.com/blog/top-hiking-experiences-at-alta
https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8010500/snowbird-ski-resort

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
Sugarloaf
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Sugarloaf

Salt Lake City
1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
504 m
504 m
Sugarloaf is a simple and relatively easy hike to the top of one of the Wasatch mountains 11,000 foot peaks.
Moderate
Private
Devils Castle
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Devils Castle

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
6.1 km
494 m
494 m
Hiking Devil's Castle is a difficult scramble on an iconic Wasatch peak high above Alta ski area.
Extreme
Private
Twin Lakes Pass

Twin Lakes Pass

Salt Lake City
1 - 2 hrs
3.1 km
374 m
0 m
This is a quick jaunt to a lovely pass at the upper end of Little Cottonwood Canyon
Moderate
Private
White Pine
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White Pine

Salt Lake City
4 - 5 hrs
16.3 km
853 m
853 m
White Pine trail is a classic moderate hike that follows an old jeep road high up into the central Wasatch to enjoy a quiet pristine lake in the rugged alpine landscape
Moderate
Private
Hidden Peak

Hidden Peak

Salt Lake City
2 - 3 hrs
7.3 km
896 m
9 m
The hike up Hidden Peak is one of the least attractive in the Wasatch due to all the ugly road cuts and development from Snowbird ski area, but there is a restaurant up top and you can enjoy a ride down in the tram, which are nice features.
Difficult
Private