Salt Lake City: Mineral Fork Trail

Get high in a hurry on this 9.8-mile out-and-back that gains 3,500 feet and takes in eagle-eye vistas of Salt Lake and the Wasatch Range.
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Get high in a hurry on this 9.8-mile out-and-back that gains 3,500 feet and takes in eagle-eye vistas of Salt Lake and the Wasatch Range.

-Mapped by Mike Trottier

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.5

Waypoints

MFT001

Location: 40.636501, -111.698601

Begin hiking S through groves of aspen and limber pine on old mining road, now a multiuse trail

MFT002

Location: 40.631035, -111.697914

Trail turns N, ascends; cross small creek cascading down in two waterfalls and squeeze between two large boulders that fell from the mountainside

MFT003

Location: 40.62299, -111.6894

Fallen timbers frame the V-shaped Upper Mineral Fork Valley and the snowy cap of Superior Peak; see Kessler Peak to the E

MFT004

Location: 40.615318, -111.681427

R @ fork with jeep road, aspen and pine groves; note mine refuse on valley floor

MFT005

Location: 40.61018, -111.678101

R @ Y; gated entrance to Wasatch Mine founded by Mormons in the 1860s; small stream flowing out of mine is light orange and likely polluted by ore tailings, so don't drink from it

MFT006

Location: 40.607273, -111.677254

Ascend switchbacks

MFT007

Location: 40.60062, -111.673698

End of mining road; start of 200-foot scramble over dolomite and limestone scree to ridgeline; Regulator Johnson Mine is tucked into W side of canyon

MFT008

Location: 40.600029, -111.674599

Top of unnamed ridge where views stretch through canyons to southern Salt Lake City; from ridge, gain access to several trails; Sundial Peak sits to W

Valley Below

Location: 40.614754, -111.681221

The crumpled alpine foothills of the Wasatch. ©Michael Trottier

From the Top

Location: 40.599751, -111.67411

Big views above a series of rugged valleys. Lake Blanche in the foreground. ©Michael Trottier

The Goal

Location: 40.606186, -111.674126

A big scramble awaits along this ridgeline.©Michael Trottier

Among the fallen timbers

Location: 40.622513, -111.689003

The early stages of the hike follow the pines to the high alpine tundra. ©Michael Trottier