Mt Aire hike near Salt Lake City, Utah
Mt Aire hike near Salt Lake City, Utah

Mt. Aire hike

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Mt. Aire hike in Salt Lake City has beautiful views from the passView along the ridgeline on Mt. Aire hike in Salt Lake CityViews south towards Raymond and Gobblers Knob on Mt. Aire hike from Salt Lake City, UtahArid foothills on Mt. Aire hike from Salt Lake City, UtahSalt Lake City view from Mt. Aire hike

Mt. Aire hike

Distance: 3.7mi
Elevation: 1,972ft
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!

Mt. Aire hike Map

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 6.0mi. 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


Mt. Aire
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Route Description for Mt. Aire

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!

Comments

ArnoldM 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

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ShantiLewis 2 years ago

Perfect place to immerse yourself with nature.

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leo_Martini 2 years ago

Simply majestic! This hike got an unparalled beauty.

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Jarvie P. 2 years ago

I never thought I would enjoy this hike. I was really skeptical of the hike because I have a friend, who has a friend who had a bad experience. Glad I didn't listen.

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Jane L. 2 years ago

Awesome hike. There were challenging sections, and it was very windy.

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Gabriel10 2 years ago

I'm a bit disappointed because the weather wasn't very nice. The views might be better when it's sunny.

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marjflores 2 years ago

The trail is exposed to elements such as extreme sunlight and winds, so wear sunscreen, bring extra layers and bring lots of water.

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Annie Smith 3 years ago

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

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Naomi W 3 years 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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SteffWilk 3 years 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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