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This hike sits pretty much right behind of the State Capitol offering up some pretty breathtaking views. We did this hike in the spring and the spring time views were GORGEOUS. I love looking over the city!

Why Ensign Peak?

For one, it is pretty short, so you ask yourself, “why not?”

It is .9 miles round trip, but I would also like to add that the trail is steep which makes it feel, at least to me, a good hike. (I can’t be the only one who feels some sense of satisfaction when walking uphill on a mountain, right?) I wouldn’t say it’s too steep and I would hate for anyone NOT to do this hike because they’re worried about it.

I’ve heard people doing the hike in dress shoes, although I wouldn’t recommend it in dress shoes… or heels. My twins, age 3, did pretty good on the hike up. I always love to the see view of the city from the peak.

The trail is located pretty close to downtown and great for tourists who want a panoramic view of the city and a little exercise too.

This was the first time, in a long time, that I did this and the first time I took my kids. Although a little steep in some parts, this hike seemed like a no brainer. If you are from Salt Lake City, and you  haven’t done this hike yet, YOU SHOULD!

Helpful Tips
  • You can use Google Maps to get you to the trailhead, the trailhead is located at: 1002 N Ensign Vista Drive and parking is on the street, as there is no established parking lot to this place, so please remember to be courteous to the residents in the area when parking. When you arrive to the trailhead you see a large stone that says Ensign Nature Park.
  • There are also placards explaining about the history of the monument and the names of the mountains you can see when you get to the top.
  • If you follow the cement trail up for a way you’ll see clear signs marking the direction of the peak.
  • The trail is well established and there are frequently several people doing the trail at once.

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