Hike the West Face of Grandeur Peak

2945 Wasatch Boulevard - Search Nearby - Added by Travis Poulson

Steep and challenging, this trail offers the perfect early morning or after-work training run. This is the go-to hike for leg conditioning!

Are you planning a big adventure and need a boost getting ready for it? You came to the right place. This is my go-to when I’m preparing to climb a big mountain. It’s hard to find a steeper trail in the area (that’s not a game trail), and the West Face is usually free of snow early in the season.

The hike is 4.6 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 3,200 feet. Park in the lot at the northern end of Wasatch Boulevard and start marching east up the obvious trail. There are a couple forks early on, just stay on the path that takes you straight up the mountain, because that’s how this trail rolls, straight up.

It’s an exposed route with very few trees, so I don’t recommend hiking midday in the summer. Stick to mornings or evenings. In the spring, wildflowers are abundant, and in the fall, the hillside bursts with reds and yellows. 

On top, you’re rewarded with fantastic views in every direction. To the south, Mount Olympus juts from the valley with its granite slabs, and to the west, you’ll see the entire Salt Lake Valley. If your knees aren’t interested in the steep descent, you could take the more frequented eastern trail down into Millcreek Canyon, but that requires a shuttle. 

Distance

4.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3200 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Photography, Running, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Salt Lake City KOA

Salt Lake City, Utah

From $300/night

The Cliff Lodge

Sandy, Utah

Springville / Provo KOA

Springville, Utah

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