Grandeur Peak: day hike with with big views
Memorial Day Weekend, a friend and I, plus my dog (dogs are allowed off-leash in Mill Creek on odd days of the month), decided to hike from the Church Falls trailhead. The area was busy, as expected, so we had to park a short ways up the road.
The hike started with a walk through the day-use picnic area, accessed via a paved road winding its way uphill through the trees. Cookouts were well underway, with many of the cozy sites already occupied by families.
The first portion of the hike is in the trees and sticks close to the creek. At the split from the Pipeline Trail (another popular hike/bike), we left the water behind and were soon hiking switchbacks through scrub oak across the south-facing hillside. This time of year, wildflowers are also in bloom.
Once out of the trees, views of the mountains and valley begin to emerge. It's three miles to the top of Grandeur Peak from this split; all told, expect about a two hour trip one-way.The hike is of moderate difficulty - it's not technical, and is do-able for families with kids, but enough of a workout to make the stops to feast your eyes all the more enjoyable.
Details: Mill Creek Canyon, Church Fork Picnic Area, 3800S, off Wasatch Blvd, $3.00/car (cash, pay on your way out), 7am-10pm