Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Grandeur Peak Trail Run

Grandeur Peak is a mid-elevation peak (8,299 ft.) loctaed in between Parley's Canyon and Millcreek Canyon in SLC, UT.  The peak can be hiked via a number of different routes, but the most aesthetic is the Church Fork Trail accessed from MillCreek Canyon ($3 charge).  The trail follows the Church Fork creek until it moves south and switchbacks up the headwall of the drainage until it reaches the ridge dividing Parley's Canyon and Millcreek Canyon.  From there, the trail follows the ridge to the summit.

Round-trip Distance: 6.4 miles
Elevation gain: 2,400 ft.

We speed hiked up (running on flat sections) and ran down in about an hour and a half.  This trail is much more moderate and manageable than the ultra-steep Mt. Olympus trail.  

Nice view of Salt Lake Valley from Grandeur Peak
Mt. Olympus to the south from Grandeur Peak