Sunset Peak

Salt Lake City
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Sunset Peak

Distance: 6.4mi
Elevation: 1,772ft
Time: 3.5-4.5h

Difficulty Rating:

If you are all about lakes, hiking up past Dog Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Martha and Lake Catherine are sure to please. The extra climb up to Sunset Peak blows the lakes out of the water and makes this a spectacular walk!

Getting there

From Salt Lake City take Big Cottonwood Road (UT-190) until you reach the Brighton Ski Hill. Continue along the one-way road to the south side where you will find a large parking area and the Majestic ski lift.

About

When to do

Late spring and summer

Backcountry Campsites

at Lakes

Toilets

At trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

The trail begins by heading uphill following the path of the Majestic ski lift. This short ascent is the price you will have to pay for the insanely gorgeous hiking throughout the rest of the hike!

After a little climbing, you will reach a junction with signs for Dog Lake. If you want to take a break, Dog Lake is a good place to do it, however, the lake itself isn’t that impressive. Continue climbing along the main trail to Lake Mary. Most people stop here and for good reason!

Grand cliffs surround Lake Mary with Mount Millicent and Mount Tuscarora helping to create a beautiful scene. A short way above Lake Mary is Lake Martha, which holds similar views but draws fewer people.

Continuing along the trail, the crowds will thin slightly. The trail becomes slightly hard to follow as many people have made their own trails. You will veer left to gain a ridge, and then turn right to climb up to Lake Catherine. This lake is situated in a stunning alpine bowl, lined by Mount Tuscarora, Pioneer Peak and in the middle, your final objective, Sunset Peak.

Follow the trail straight up to Catherine Pass. From here, turn left towards Sunset Pass. Follow this ridgeline around to the other pass, and then follow the loose trail up the ridge to Sunset Peak.

From this summit, you will be granted unbelievable views into both Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. There are way too many mountains to name, but highlights include Twin Peaks, Box Elder, Mount Timpanogos and Box Elder Peak.

Return the route you ascended.

Insider Hints

  • Start early will give you a good chance of having the summit all to yourself, a real treat.

  • For a long hike, you can continue along the ridgeline all the way to Clayton Peak. This would be a long day, but a truly gorgeous hike.

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