Mt. Aire

Salt Lake City
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Mt. Aire

Distance: 6.0km
Elevation: 601m
Time: 2.5-4h

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Just outside of the heart of the Wasatch, the desert-like Mt. Aire is a great hike and has some stunning views. Obviously, the people who made this trail had never heard of switchbacks!

Getting there

From Salt Lake City, enter Mill Creek Canyon via I-215. You will have to pay a $3 day fee on your way out. Follow the narrow Mill Creek Canyon Road for just over 9.7km. The road will make a large switchback to the right, after which you will find the trailhead on your left.

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About

When to do

Spring through October, the peak does not hold snow as much as other areas

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, in National Forest Wilderness

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


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Detailed Description

The trail begins by following the Elbow Fork River, climbing at an incredibly steep grade nearly straight up. You will pass a junction where you will continue straight toward Mt. Aire. After just over half the climbing, and plenty of sweating, you will finally exit the dense forest and find yourself on a wildflower-spotted pass. Here you will get your first views and, if you are lucky, a little breeze.

At the pass, the trail veers sharply to the right and – believe it or not – starts to switchback! It’s almost like two completely different people built this trail. From here, you will climb the steep slopes of Mt. Aire along a reasonably well-graded path.

Along this part of the trail, there is little shade and often little breeze. If you are hiking in the afternoon, be prepared to sweat. Finally, after a few more switchbacks, you will clear the summit and be done with the arduous ascent.

Looking north, you will be able to see the backside of Mt. Raymond – another hike on this website – and to its left, Gobbler’s Knob. To the north, the rolling, arid foothills of the Wasatch will be visible. Take a moment to sit on the smooth summit rocks before returning the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • Another great hike for a summit beer/beverage.

  • It is difficult to find water along this hike, and much of it is exposed to the sun. Bring plenty!

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Annie Smith4 days ago

Woah, what a workout. Mt Aire is a hard climb, but it was amazing at the top.

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Naomi W2 weeks ago

I tried to do Mt Aire hike but it was too hard. I was told how beautiful it is when you finish it but maybe next time.

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SteffWilk2 weeks ago

The hike was very steep. The climb really exhausted me. But a great prize was waiting at the top. Would recommend!

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