Showing You the BEAUTIFUL Salt Lake City from the Ensign Peak. 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. So hop on over and connect with us! 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. From downtown Salt Lake City, drive State Street north to the capitol, fork right and follow the road around to the northeast. From downtown Salt Lake, travel north on State Street until it ends at the State Capitol Building. There are also a few more historical signs at the top of Ensign Peak. Ensign Peak is a natural landmark near Salt Lake City, Utah, rising 1,080 feet from the valley floor. We love sharing the history of Utah with our kids. This is the more common peak to bike to. Hiking trail to top of Ensign peak. We spent about 10 minutes resting and taking pictures at the summit. We took it nice and slow, and the constant moving kept us from getting cold. Not that you really could since you can see the monument most of the way on the hike. You have a short little climb once you reach the large boulders and then you will be greeted with an amazing view. Walk up the stairs to a bunch of information signs and some sort of amphitheater. On July 26, 1847, two days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and seven other pioneer leaders climbed the hill to survey the valley. 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 … Salt Lake City is suffering from a bad air inversion right now, and the smog covered much of the view, but we could still make out downtown, the canyons coming from  the east mountain, and the airport. The trail begins climbing immediately, but it is beautiful in winter. This leads to higher elevations and different vantage points, but depending on the time of year, the sunset may still be better (less obstructed) from Ensign Peak itself. 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. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. If you have a little more time, come earlier in the afternoon and hike all around the Ensign Peak Open Space. Or if you’d like more info on hiking Ensign Peak in warmer weather, click here. Upon reaching the ridge the Ensign Peak trail turns south for the last 200 yards to the summit of Ensign Peak, and from there you can gaze down on Salt Lake City as if it were a diorama in a museum. The quick hike (great for a lunchtime break) will have you high above the city in about 20 minutes. The trail begins at this memorial area. This trail doesn’t have many trees, but we loved walking through this small stand of trees on the way to Ensign Peak. 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. Expect 1/2 hour of casual hiking to take you to the top. As you wind around the back of the peak, there is an overlook, and it was pretty windy, but not terribly unpleasant. Ensign Peak is probably one of the 5 most hiked summit trails in Utah. Ensign Peak itself, and the route to the summit through the grassy slopes is very obvious from here. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. We saw these deer just a few minutes after starting the trail. Ensign Peak Trail. 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. 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. Alien Worlds and Androids Exhibit | The Leonardo, 11 Family Friendly Hikes on the Mirror Lake Highway. The peak holds historical significance to the Salt Lake Valley and its early settlers. Ensign Peak . Cross the gravel road at the top of Hell Canyon to climb the west Ensign Peak switchbacks the rest of the way. Take East Capitol Blvd. About this Event Come join Women Who Explore: Salt Lake City, on a hike up to Ensign Peak. Turn left onto Ensign Vista Drive. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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! Masks will be required at the trailhead. Most people we passed were only wearing tennis shoes, which we thought was crazy. Ensign Peak (City Creek to Bountiful Bonneville Shoreline Trail) This trail is located on the mountains above the farthest-north section of Salt Lake City. Ensign Peak is an easy out and back hike located above downtown Salt Lake City. You have a good view of the monument itself, though it is a bit small in the distance. The Ensign Peak Foundation was originally formed in 1992. 0.5 mi/0.8 km one-way. From the trailhead, you'll immediately begin climbing the moderately steep trail. On top are benches and a few things to read. Ensign Peak seemed about right, and we’d hiked it before. The hike begins at the Ensign Peak Nature Park (40.791759,-111.88822) located on Ensign Vista Drive in Salt Lake City. Soon you are out of the development and heading toward a pass on the ridgeline. Luckily, it’s not too long. This popular little knob a short distance behind the capitol building and downtown Salt Lake City. Ensign Peak in Winter was beautiful. 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. Snacks and water will be provided. From its summit they laid out in their minds the city they intended to build. Powered by WordPress. The trail is easy to follow. The Foundation was significantly involved in the preservation and creation of the Ensign Peak Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. View to the west with the north end of the Oquirrh Mountains. The trailhead is one of the best signed trailheads in Utah, you can’t miss it. The trail was packed down and easy to follow, so you can definitely hike it without snow shoes. The hills were covered in nearly a foot of snow, and though the trail was well packed, it was slick. We are amazed at how much we enjoy the winter landscape while hiking. Length: 3 miles |Elevation Gain: 531 ft | Hiking Guide. (on the east side) north into the residential area. Turn right at the ‘T’ and follow East Capitol Blvd for approximately 1.3 miles. 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. Cross the gravel road at the top of Hell Canyon to climb the west Ensign Peak switchbacks the rest of the way. Read more Read less. 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. Ensign Peak is probably one of the 5 most hiked summit trails in Utah. There are beautiful flowers along the trail as well. Once on the ridge, it’s only a short walk left to the summit monument. There is no parking area and the street is residential, so be respectful when rolling up. Be careful on the way down the mountain. 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 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. Ensign Peak was the busiest trail we have hiked in the winter. Turn left on North Sandrun Drive (940 N). Ensign Peak Monument is easily seen on most of the hike. The boys felt the strain of this hike as the hike is a continuous climb, and hiking in winter takes a lot more energy (at least it seems that way)! The view of the sunset combined with the cool evening breeze and the glittering city lights below make this a hike well worth taking and the minimal time and effort involved make it worth taking often. There is access to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail fro Ensign Peak which is also a fun hike. Ensign Peak is at the north end of the Salt Lake Valley, above the State Capitol building. Easy 15-20 min hike to the summit, depending on your fitness level (I still recommend wearing proper shoes and taking a small Ensign Peak is a very approachable hike by most and a great way to take in the sites of the valley. The trail to Ensign Peak in winter is uphill and steep, so be prepared to take it slow, and rest a lot. Drive to the State Capitol Building. We were happy to be above the inversion. Luckily, there are a few rest stops to read interpretive signs, which tell about Brigham Young’s first visit to the peak in 1847 just a few days after entering the valley. It’s well packed from all the hikers. Created by Meks. It is approximately one mile north of the Utah State Capitol and sits almost directly behind it. Ensign Peak Trail. Hiking to Ensign Peak If you are looking for the easiest, kid friendly, or a fun date night sunset spot in Salt Lake, this is the trail for you. Ensign Peak offers unparalleled views of the Great Salt Lake as well as the Wasatch Mountains, and Salt Lake County. There are trail signs so you won’t lose your way. It was a beautiful day to be above the hazy inversion. This trail winds up a narrow draw for 1/2 mile to the back of the peak. Friday, September 25, 2020. 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. It is a relatively short hike, but quite steep. 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 is a relatively short hike, but quite steep. Once you reach this overview and historical marker, you don’t have much further to the top of Ensign Peak. The trailhead is at an LDS chapel behind the State Capitol Building (directions here). You avoid the nasty drop and hikers, but get a nice little peak to ride up to and take a photo. It also offers some historical value. This peak was used by Indians, pioneers and explorers. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Ensign Peak Trail is truly a local's tourist hike. Then we made the final ascent, which is less than a hundred yards to the monument at the top. Bring your friends and hike Ensign Peak. Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email. This trail winds up a narrow draw for 1/2 mile to the back of the peak. Sliding down was definitely the highlight for the boys. The easiest route up ensign peak is to start from the city-owned land along Greenstroke Drive, just northwest of the Mormon chapel. 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. Ensign Peak is a popular and short hike to a phenomenal view of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountain Range. 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 The trailhead has a massive sign, possibly visible from space. Add to Calendar . Ensign Peak is a prominent hill on the northern edge of the Salt Lake Valley. The trailhead is at an LDS chapel behind the State Capitol Building (directions here). The Ensign Peak Trail starts from a small trailhead off Ensign Vista Drive. Ensign Peak Trailhead (40.79139, -111.88833) The trailhead is at the top of a residential area above the Utah capitol building. The trip does make a good introduction to the size of the Salt Lake Valley if you have guests in town. The best part about this little peak is the little rock section that you can ride down that parallels the trail to the north. 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