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Wasatch Mountain Club (wasatchmountainclub.com)
» Mt. Olympus, Mt. Olympus Wilderness Want a hike with a view as well as to a view? On this 3.5-mile out-and-back to the top of 9,025-foot Mt. Olympus, panoramas of the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains, and fellow Wasatch titans expand as you climb. The trail begins on busy Wasatch Boulevard, but within a half-mile hikers cross into a legit wilderness area, where you’ll begin a 4,200-foot climb up stiff switchbacks to a towering view over the Wasatch Valley. Miles from city center 12; Trip ID8205
» Ferguson Canyon, Wasatch-Cache NF Climbers flock to the granite crags at the mouth of this canyon, but hikers should also come for this 3.4-mile out-and-back (with class 2 scrambling). Tromp through mossy boulders, ferns, shade trees, small waterfalls, and stream crossings. At 1.5 miles, follow the trail away from the creek to reach an overlook of Salt Lake City. Miles from city center 20; Trip ID775430
» Mt. Timpanogos, Wasatch-Cache NF “Peakbaggers who summit 11,749-foot Mt. Timpanogos are blessed with grand views of all of Utah County,” says the club’s Tanner Morrill. You’ll also get the chance to glissade down 500 feet of Utah’s only remaining glacier. For a burly, 13.9-mile lollipop loop through the ragged cirques and clear lakes surrounding this Wasatch peak, start at the Aspen Grove trailhead. Got kids? Visit Stewart Falls just 1.5 miles from the trailhead. Miles from city center 49; Trip ID247932