Backpacker Magazine Salt Lake City: Sunset Peak 

This 5.3-mile out-and-back threads through a pristine alpine landscape with abundant streams, lakes, and wildlife on its way to a 10,650-foot peak in Wasatch National Forest.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 20 Jun 2005 2:02:43 PM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 5.31 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2113 ft
Total Loss: 2099 ft
Net Change: 13 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Midway, Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: I-80 E to I-215 S to Wasatch Blvd. exit. Turn L, then quick R onto Wasatch. Turn L onto Big Cottonwood Canyon (UT 152). Park 13.5 miles later @ Brighton Ski Resort.

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Distance: 5.31 mi Points: 1370
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Sunset Peak Track

Points of Interest


Location: 40.598270, -111.584152
Trail heads S along dirt road; old trail along stream is in restoration


Location: 40.596123, -111.581573
Stay straight on dirt road


Location: 40.592800, -111.582764
Rejoin original trail in trees


Location: 40.589527, -111.583992
Quick sidetrip: Turn L for a short detour (.1 mile) to see sparkling blue waters of Dog Lake


Location: 40.589710, -111.588173
Short climb to dam built in the 1930s by the CCC that merged two lakes (Phoebe and Mary) into one


Location: 40.585484, -111.590454
Turn L and enjoy views of Lakes Mary and Martha; look for moose tracks on wet banks


Location: 40.581757, -111.593231
Enjoy a peaceful snack overlooking Lake Catherine and Pioneer Peak before heading for the pass


Location: 40.580624, -111.598587
Catherine Pass: good views into Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Albion Basin


Location: 40.577019, -111.593590
Turn L and follow ridge trail up 435 ft. to Sunset Peak (10,648); enjoy fine views ranging from the Uintas Range to the E, Deseret Peak to the W, and Mt. Timpanogos to the S


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