Summary: This is a nice, easy trail most hikers, regardless of age or experience, would find enjoyable. The trail is well maintained and the awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley below begin almost immediately.
The trail winds behind the peak and ascends up a moderate slope on the back side. The views from the back side are incredible, especially at sunset. The Great Salt Lake can be seen in the distance to the northwest. As you climb to the peak, the entire Salt Lake Valley can be seen below.
The view from Ensign Peak is spectacular anytime, but sunset is by far the most ideal time for this hike. 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!
Trailhead: Make your way to the State Capitol Building. Do this by traveling State Street from downtown, which will take you past the Capitol on the west side. Take the cross street either in front of or behind the Capitol complex until you reach East Capitol Blvd. Turn left and drive north through the residential area until you reach North Sandrun Drive (940 N) and turn left on that road. Drive about 1 block and the road "forks". In the middle of the fork is an LDS meetinghouse. Take the right fork, which runs behind the church. The trailhead is about 1/2 block further on the right hand side and is a developed, easily identifiable trailhead. (Lat:40.79185 Lon:-111.88825)
Trail Guides for Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook:
Hiking the Wasatch
by John Veranth (University of Utah Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411 Tu-Sa 10:30a-7:00p MT
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Troy Slater, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by S & J on 5/5/2012
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Reviewed by Sidney on 3/2/2011
Loved this hike. However, taking it in the winter, March 1st is not the best idea. I had to take advantage of when I was in town as I'm from out of state. The trail was very, very muddly and slippery. If you can go at another time I would recommend it. However, don't miss out on the view just because of a bit of mud. Don't forget your camera.
Reviewed by sd on 9/6/2010
i loved it it was so beautiful and enjoyable
Reviewed by LW on 9/2/2010
Not being an experienced hiker this was a some what easy hike. However, it can be pretty steep in places. Some of the steps along the route are a little harder for short people. I would definitely recommend this hike, but for some take your time and enjoy the scenery, it's beautiful!
Reviewed by Carl on 6/27/2010
This is a great hike for beginners the reward is an awesome views of the Salt Lake Valley and the Great Salt Lake. Also nice to do in the evening. I have done this twice already in 3 days.
Reviewed by Melissa on 6/26/2010
This trail is fairly easy, even for someone who is not in good shape. I wouldn't take strollers on it, since the trail is gravel, but walking kids and kids in backpacks work just fine. The view at the top is amazing! We have done this hike at least twice, but I would totally do it again.
Reviewed by Gwen on 4/11/2010
This is a great little hike with an awesome view at the top! I put this as a personal favorite because I don't usually hike, but I will definitely do this one many more times. It is a really easy hike which is a lot to say coming from someone who does not exercise and is a smoker. Hopefully that sheds another/different light on the ease of this hike.
Reviewed by Crystal on 5/11/2009
This hike was more difficult than I had imagined due to the steepness of it. Also maybe because I'm not used to the altitude. The views are surely worth the climb! There are no toilet services or anything nearby so be prepared before you go. Also there are is not really anywhere to picnic or rest. I would do this hike again because its close to the city and rather short.
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