Short Stack

Jason Bergreen | The Salt Lake Tribune


This is a great hike on a hot day since much of it is in the shade of pine trees. The Short Stack Trail, which is part of the Summit Park Trails, begins at the bottom of a series of not-too-steep switchbacks that heads north and south. The trail is mostly dirt and rock, but even in June it is muddy in areas and may have small patches of snow that are easy to traverse. Pine needles litter the trail, which is usually devoid of other hikers. After about a mile, there is a large tree limb across the trail, but it is easy to go under. A few hundred yards later, the uphill path flattens and comes out of the forest. Here you get a great glimpse down a draw of portions of Park City and the Uinta Mountains in the distance. There is less shade in this area as you pass a sign that states "Grease Mark" and continue south on the Short Stack. After another half mile you will see a sign for a new trail called "The Road of Wos." Follow this path up and under another fallen tree. After 10 minutes you will see a third sign. Follow a skinny path named "Over Easy Trail" to the right. This is the beginning of the difficult part of the hike because the next half a mile is steep. After you reach the top of the first short hill go left through some trees. Here the path levels off again before becoming a calf burner once more. Blue and yellow flowers dot the thin trail. Hike through more shade along a high alpine hill. After going around a third fallen tree a "Y" splits the trail at mile marker two. Go right up a steep hill and after several hundred yards you will reach the top. There are great close views of the Wasatch Mountains and distant Oquirrh Mountains. Return the way you came.

Getting there: From Salt Lake City, travel east on Interstate 80 through Parleys Canyon and take exit 140, Parleys Summit. Turn right at the end of the off-ramp. Take another right onto Aspen Drive and go past the gas station. Stay on Aspen Drive as it winds up a hill. In half a mile the name of the street turns into Crestview Drive. Continue straight through a residential area. In another half mile the street changes names again to Innsbruck Strasse. Continue passed the sign that reads dead end. In another half a mile the road becomes dirt. Travel another 100 yards or so and around a curve and park on the side of the road near the trailhead.


-- Jason Bergreen


Destination: Peak

Distance: 4.4 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 967 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: N/A

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 5


First published 2011-06-26