From SLC, head East on I-80, then take I-215 South. Take exit 4, then turn left. Turn left again onto Wasatch Blvd. At the next light, turn right, which will put you into Millcreek Canyon. Drive up the canyon until you reach the Church Fork sign, pointing left. This is where you'll need to park. The gate up the hill to the official TH is closed from Nov 1 - July 1. In Summer months, the gate opens at 8am, which you could then drive up to the TH. However, every time I've hiked here I've never been lucky enough to get a parking spot at the TH. In this case, park at the gate, then simply walk up the road to the TH. The restrooms are locked during winter. Here's a driving map.
Distance: 6 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2,900 ft
Time: 3-5 hours
Dog friendly? Yes. Dogs are allowed off leash on odd days; dogs must be leashed on even days.
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? There is a $3 fee upon exit of Millcreek Canyon. You can also purchase an annual pass for $40. Millcreek does NOT accept the National Park Pass, American Fork Pass, nor the Mirror Lake Highway pass.
Look for the Church Fork Picnic sign. You'll need to park on either side of the road, then walk up the road to the trailhead.
Walking up the road, passing by this small waterfall. I was surprised it was still running at a decent flow since I hiked Grandeur Peak the last week of September.
At the end of the paved road, you'll reach the official TH and upper parking lot.
Grandeur Peak trail sign!
At the next 4-way intersection, you'll want to continue straight. Don't turn right at this sign. I made this mistake the very first time I hiked here, and ended up hiking along the Pipeline Trail for about 1 mile before realizing I was going the wrong way.
The lower section of the trail is very well shaded and a stream runs along the right side. Perfect for the dogs to drink from!
Climb up some stairs, and eventually the trail will turn left.
The upper half of the trail works up several switchbacks, and you'll now be fully exposed to the sun. Even though we hiked in late September, it was HOT on this section! In summer it worse because there is very little breeze until you reach the ridge.
Looking across Millcreek Canyon to Thaynes Canyon Peak, and the two peaks in the back with snow on them are Gobblers Knob & Mt. Raymond (which are both best accessed via Big Cottonwood Canyon).
After many switchbacks, your last switchback is across several fallen rock piles. Charlie has his happy face on!
Once you reach the ridge, you can go to this little overlook, which looks down into Parley's Canyon.
The trail begins to get steeper.
Finally, a perfect view of Grandeur Peak.
On the summit of Grandeur Peak, looking out to SLC! It took us 1 hour 37 minutes to reach the summit.
On the summit, looking East into Millcreek Canyon.
On the summit, looking North. The white peak in the distance is Grandview Peak (still on my to-do list!)
Grandeur Peak trail map, looking NW.