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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

Mountain Map: The Wasatch Front, UT

Minutes from Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front is a gold mine for adventure. The 2.1-million-acre area includes 22 peaks above 11,000 feet and with at least 300 feet of prominence, houses 78 bikeable miles on 11 different bike trails, and boasts an average of 226 sunny days annually.

by: Becky Kivlovitz

Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Sunset Peak (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)
Twin Peaks (Photo by Trevor Dubock)

Sunset Peak
Achieve serious quad burn on this 2.7-miler that climbs 5,000 feet up to Sunset Peak. At .8 mile, detour .1 mile south to the edge of Dog Lake. Another short climb, .3 mile later, leads to a dam between Phoebe Lake and Mary Lake, where moose tracks often dot the shore. Top out on Sunset’s 10,650-foot cap and peer east over the Uinta Range and south to Mt. Timpanogos. Trip ID 5746

Mineral Fork Trail
View the stream-cut valley of Big Cottonwood Canyon as you gain 3,500 feet over 4.9 miles on Mineral Fork Trail. At mile 2.9, peek into the gated entrance of the 4,000-foot-long Wasatch Mine built by Mormon settlers in the 1860s. At the apex of this 9.8-mile out-and-back, navigate a 200-foot scramble over dolomite and limestone scree to the ridgeline where vistas of Mt. Raymond await. Trip ID 14784

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