Grandeur Peak, Mill Creek Canyon

"Wolfgang Challenges Grandeur Peak" painting by Steve Baker.


The sounds of a cascading waterfall welcome you to the trailhead. Follow the stream for about half a mile. The trail veers off to the west and out of the shade. The trail has switchbacks through shrub oak up to a saddle on the Mill Creek ridge crest. From the saddle you get your first glimpse of Parleys Canyon, Salt Lake City and Grandeur Peak. After the saddle, the climb becomes steeper and more difficult. Standing on the summit you hear the sounds of the city with a 360-degree view of the beautiful Wasatch Front. About dogs: Salt Lake County requires that dogs be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days. Dogs may be unleashed on odd numbered days except in developed areas.

Getting there: From Wasatch Blvd. its 3.2 miles to the Church Fork turnoff in Mill Creek Canyon. Drive to the end of the picnic area where there is limited parking. The trailhead is clearly marked.


-- Text and graphic by Steve Baker (baker@sltrib.com)

Region: Wasatch Canyons

Destination: To Grandeur Peak

Distance: 6.5 miles

Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,699 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes, in picnic area

Biking: Not recommended

GPS Location: 40.7071693, -111.7596539

Difficulty: 5


First published 2005-09-22