Or if you’d like more info on hiking Ensign Peak in warmer weather, click here. As you wind around the back of the peak, there is an overlook, and it was pretty windy, but not terribly unpleasant. Donut Falls Trail. There is no shade on Ensign Peak so wear sunscreen and a hat. Ensign Peak is famous for giving people amazing views of the whole Salt Lake Valley and being an easy hike to access when coming from downtown Salt Lake City. We love sharing the history of Utah with our kids. Then we made the final ascent, which is less than a hundred yards to the monument at the top. We spent about 10 minutes resting and taking pictures at the summit. This popular little knob a short distance behind the capitol building and downtown Salt Lake City. It connects Ensign Peak to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and is one of the most popular entryways into the valley foothills, making the area particularly vulnerable to erosion and trail widening. This trail winds up a narrow draw for 1/2 mile to the back of the peak. The easiest route up ensign peak is to start from the city-owned land along Greenstroke Drive, just northwest of the Mormon chapel. It also offers some historical value. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There is access to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail fro Ensign Peak which is also a fun hike. Ensign Peak seemed about right, and we’d hiked it before. The trailhead is one of the best signed trailheads in Utah, you can’t miss it. Ensign Peak is an easy out and back hike located above downtown Salt Lake City. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. We decided to try something that was a little more work, because the day was supposed to be clear and cold, with the temperature in the mid 20s. The peak holds historical significance to the Salt Lake Valley and its early settlers. We saw these deer just a few minutes after starting the trail. This trail winds up a narrow draw for 1/2 mile to the back of the peak. Ensign Peak is probably one of the 5 most hiked summit trails in Utah. About this Event Come join Women Who Explore: Salt Lake City, on a hike up to Ensign Peak. The trail is about 1.2 miles, round trip. The trail is easy to follow. Soon you are out of the development and heading toward a pass on the ridgeline. You have a short little climb once you reach the large boulders and then you will be greeted with an amazing view. Ensign Peak is a peak in the foothills near downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The trail was packed down and easy to follow, so you can definitely hike it without snow shoes. In reality, Ensign Peak is no peak at all, just a point off the long ridgeline extending out to the west from the Wasatch Mountains. Ensign Peak in Winter was beautiful. This is the more common peak to bike to. Sliding down was definitely the highlight for the boys. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. It is a breathtaking moment seeing the whole city from one point. There are beautiful flowers along the trail as well. Drive up East Capitol Blvd about 8 blocks past the Utah State Capitol and turn left on Ensign Vista Dr. Ensign Peak Nature Park offers exhibits and a trail … Not that you really could since you can see the monument most of the way on the hike. Add to Calendar . Ensign Peak Trail Dog-Friendly Parks Ensign Vista Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 801-972-7800 Get Map or Directions Located just a short drive from downtown, this .5 mile trail offers panoramic views of the valley and the lake. Our boys decided this would be a great place to take some running dives, and they really enjoyed sliding down much of the mountain though Mom and Dad were considerably more careful. On these switchbacks, there's pretty much no traffic until you hit the junction with the regular Ensign Peak Trail which comes up from the east side. Showing You the BEAUTIFUL Salt Lake City from the Ensign Peak. On July 26, 1847, Brigham Young and other early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) climbed this hill and gave the peak its present name. Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. It was the perfect time to take a rest. Masks will be required at the trailhead. Turn left onto Ensign Vista Drive. Our fifth hike in the 52 Hike Challenge was also our last hike in January. We had several people (college students) pass us on our way to the summit. Because of its location, view and short walking distance (only about a 20 minute hike), even tourists in town will do the hike between sights. About half way up, you’ll come to this sign and a few rocks to sit on. Bring your friends and hike Ensign Peak. 0.5 mi/0.8 km one-way. You can see lights everywhere. Snacks and water will be provided. View to the west with the north end of the Oquirrh Mountains. (on the east side) north into the residential area. From the trailhead, you'll immediately begin climbing the moderately steep trail. Ensign Peak is a prominent hill on the northern edge of the Salt Lake Valley. This trail doesn’t have many trees, but we loved walking through this small stand of trees on the way to Ensign Peak. The trail takes off to the right, along the property lines of several homes. Take the right fork (behind the church), to the trailhead in a block. Ensign Peak View via Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near North Salt Lake, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The Ensign Peak hike is pretty easy, but a little steep. Ensign Peak is at the north end of the Salt Lake Valley, above the State Capitol building. The hills were covered in nearly a foot of snow, and though the trail was well packed, it was slick. En route to the summit, there are excellent views both of the Salt Lake Valley and Wasatch Mountains, but also of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island to the west. You avoid the nasty drop and hikers, but get a nice little peak to ride up to and take a photo. Ensign Peak is a natural landmark near Salt Lake City, Utah, rising 1,080 feet from the valley floor. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Ensign Peak Monument is easily seen on most of the hike. Because of its location, view and short walking distance (only about a 20 minute hike), even tourists in town will do the hike between sights. The quick hike (great for a lunchtime break) will have you high above the city in about 20 minutes. The trip does make a good introduction to the size of the Salt Lake Valley if you have guests in town. Ensign Peak is probably one of the 5 most hiked summit trails in Utah. Cross the gravel road at the top of Hell Canyon to climb the west Ensign Peak switchbacks the rest of the way. Once you reach this overview and historical marker, you don’t have much further to the top of Ensign Peak. The trail to the overlook is .8 miles out and back and is suitable for all skill levels. The view from Ensign Peak is spectacular anytime, but sunset is by far the most ideal time for this hike. The trailhead is at an LDS chapel behind the State Capitol Building (directions here). Utahns hike and run the trail from Ensign Vista Dr. to the historical marker and overlook at Ensign Peak in droves in order to take in the excellent views of the Salt Lake Valley and Great Salt Lake to the west. It’s well packed from all the hikers. Ensign Peak Nature Park Many visitors frequent Ensign Peak Nature Park for hiking and biking. We are amazed at how much we enjoy the winter landscape while hiking. 1 Before leaving Nauvoo, President Young had seen a vision of the Prophet Joseph wherein he was shown the peak and told to “build under the point where the colors fall, and you will prosper and have peace.” 2 Turn right at the ‘T’ and follow East Capitol Blvd for approximately 1.3 miles. When hiking the trail in the winter months, be conscious of ice. Hiking trail to top of Ensign peak. This peak was used by Indians, pioneers and explorers. The Foundation was significantly involved in the preservation and creation of the Ensign Peak Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are trail signs so you won’t lose your way. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. The trail to Ensign Peak in winter is uphill and steep, so be prepared to take it slow, and rest a lot. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There are also a few more historical signs at the top of Ensign Peak. If you’re interested in winter hiking, check out our post on How to Make Winter Hiking a Success or our other Easy Winter Hikes! From its summit they laid out in their minds the city they intended to build. The Ensign Peak Trail starts from a small trailhead off Ensign Vista Drive. On these switchbacks, there's pretty much no traffic until you hit the junction with the regular Ensign Peak Trail which comes up from the east side. We took it nice and slow, and the constant moving kept us from getting cold. Ensign Peak itself, and the route to the summit through the grassy slopes is very obvious from here. Anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Small groups will depart the trailhead every 20 minutes to allow for social distancing. Ensign Peak Trailhead (40.79139, -111.88833) The trailhead is at the top of a residential area above the Utah capitol building. Be careful on the way down the mountain. The trail begins at this memorial area. Despite the inversion, we enjoyed looking over the valley. The boys spent most of the hike back sliding as far as they could. The trailhead has a massive sign, possibly visible from space. Length: 3 miles |Elevation Gain: 531 ft | Hiking Guide. Walk up the stairs to a bunch of information signs and some sort of amphitheater. Ensign Peak is a popular and short hike to a phenomenal view of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountain Range. Take East Capitol Blvd. Ensign Peak Trail. Ensign Peak was the busiest trail we have hiked in the winter. Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email. The hike begins at the Ensign Peak Nature Park (40.791759,-111.88822) located on Ensign Vista Drive in Salt Lake City. President Young remarked that it “was a proper place to raise an ensign to the nations” and so it was named Ensign Peak. 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