Backpacker Magazine Salt Lake City: Red Butte Skyline Trail  

Take the city's light rail to this 4-mile lollipop loop and a high point above the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch foothills.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 30 Jul 2007 11:26:25 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 3.44 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 921 ft
Total Loss: 775 ft
Net Change: 146 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Mass Transit, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Mapped by Chris Bartholomew

TO TRAILHEAD: From City Center TRAX Station (Main St. and 100 S), take eastbound Rte. 702/University TRAX Line to University Medical Center stop across from Primary Children's Medical Center.

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Red Butte Skyline Trail

Points of Interest


Location: 40.770081, -111.838898
Weave through maze of Medical Center buildings to reach upper parking lots on N. Campus Dr.


Location: 40.770489, -111.832199
Turn R in upper lot; head SE between corridor of parked cars for .1 mi.


Location: 40.769062, -111.830177
Turn L; cut across grass and brush (no trail). In 100 ft., go R onto Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a 90-mi. dirt trail across the Wasatch foothills, following what was once prehistoric Lake Bonneville's E shore


Location: 40.767929, -111.827301
Head NE into canyon. Ahead, many routes cut across slopes; take trail that descends SE to Red Butte Canyon Rd. on R


Location: 40.768299, -111.824699
Go L onto gravel road that follows creek; head NE between wrinkled foothills


Location: 40.774509, -111.817902
Turn R, descend steps @ roadblock; cross creek on bridge. Follow Red Butte Skyline Trail for quick ascent on switchbacks


Location: 40.769810, -111.817398
High point: Sweeping vistas of Salt Lake Valley unfold to faded views of the Great Salt Lake


Location: 40.766209, -111.817802
Scramble over short rock wall; trail swings SW


Location: 40.765808, -111.818703
Bear R @ Y


Location: 40.764992, -111.821701
Trail splits into multiple paths; make sure you're on the trail that descends SW toward Red Butte Garden parking area


Location: 40.764339, -111.823997
Turn R (NW) onto Bonneville Shoreline Trail. In .3 mi., cross road; follow N. Campus Rd. to WPT 3; retrace steps to stop


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