A steep climb through a beautiful wooded canyon. The trail winds upwards through willows, pines and aspens ending at Thayne Peak, a secluded perch with fantastic views in every direction.

If you want to avoid the crowds heading to the Salt Lake Overlook and are looking for a bigger challenge with better views, Thayne Canyon is the ticket. The trail is 6 miles roundtrip with 2,800 feet of elevation gain. It’s a great evening hike and the peak is a nice place to watch the sunset.

The path stays in the shady canyon bottom for much of the way up. Its rocky walls are carpeted with moss and wildflowers fill the ravine. Up higher, you’ll traverse through beautiful aspen groves. The final ascent to the summit is steep and dusty and I recommend trekking poles.

On top, you’re rewarded with views of Mount Raymond, Mount Aire and all of Millcreek Canyon. To the west, you’ll be overlooking the Overlook and seeing fantastic views of Salt Lake City beyond. 

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Daypack
  • Camera
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 2800 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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