Red Butte Peak

Red Butte Peak, as seen from the south, sits above the arboretum and concert venue of the same name in Salt Lake City. (Nate Carlisle/The Salt Lake Tribune)


Here's a short hike in Salt Lake City with some steep inclines that let you feel you accomplished something. From the trailhead on Colorow Avenue, there are plenty of trails that take you to the peak. If you want a loop hike, follow the Great Western Trail to the north. It proceeds up the mountain to a ridge line. Follow the ridge into the so-called "Living Room," the spot overlooking the University of Utah where people have stacked rocks to make couches and chairs. From there, start hiking up the mountain again. Red Butte Peak is the high point comprised of red rocks. To finish the loop, return to the "Living Room" and take the trail to the east, around a small canyon.

Getting there: From 400 South, turn east on Wakara Way. Turn right on Colorow Avenue. The trailhead is near the intersection of Colorow and Wakara.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Salt Lake County

Destination: Red Butte Peak

Distance: 2.6 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,499 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 3


First published 2009-09-06