By Steve Baker
Clipper Staff Writer
This is a great hike in spring and fall with the cooler temperatures. It’s a strenuous hike with the elevation gain, but such a beautiful hike to the peak. You should be able to drive to the trailhead at the top of Church Fork picnic area. When I arrived, I found the road closed due to construction and started hiking from the Mill Creek Road. At .25 miles you arrive at the trailhead from the main road. The trail splits quickly, stay right heading uphill. After the split the trail follows the stream in shade. At .8 miles you leave the stream and the trail turns west into scrub oaks and sunshine. The trail makes a series of switchbacks and turns west for the saddle. At 2.7 miles you arrive at the saddle overlooking Parleys Canyon and part of the Salt Lake Valley. Take a moment to catch your breath as the trail becomes more steep to the top. On the peak there is plenty of room to take in the spectacular 360 degree view. Kick back, have lunch and be proud of yourself for conquering Grandeur Peak. It doesn’t get much better, enjoy!
Elevation gain: 2,580 ft.
Round-trip miles: 7.1 miles
Hiking time: 5 to 6 hours
Dogs allowed: Yes
Trailhead restrooms: In picnic area
Day use fee: $3
From Wasatch Blvd., it’s 3.2 miles to the Church Fork turnoff in Mill Creek Canyon. When construction is complete in the picnic area, you should be able to drive to the top and park at the trailhead.
Dogs in Mill Creek Canyon:
Salt Lake County requires dogs to be leashed in the entire canyon on even-numbered days. They are allowed unleashed on odd-numbered days, except in developed areas.