Salt Lake City: Sunset Peak

This 5.3-mile out-and-back threads through a pristine alpine landscape with abundant streams, lakes, and wildlife on its way to a 10,650-foot peak in Wasatch National Forest.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.5
  • Miles from city center: 31



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Trail heads S along dirt road; old trail along stream is in restoration


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Stay straight on dirt road


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Rejoin original trail in trees


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Quick sidetrip: Turn L for a short detour (.1 mile) to see sparkling blue waters of Dog Lake


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Short climb to dam built in the 1930s by the CCC that merged two lakes (Phoebe and Mary) into one


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Turn L and enjoy views of Lakes Mary and Martha; look for moose tracks on wet banks


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Enjoy a peaceful snack overlooking Lake Catherine and Pioneer Peak before heading for the pass


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Catherine Pass: good views into Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Albion Basin


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Turn L and follow ridge trail up 435 ft. to Sunset Peak (10,648); enjoy fine views ranging from the Uintas Range to the E, Deseret Peak to the W, and Mt. Timpanogos to the S