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Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

Hiking to Ensign Peak offers unparalleled views of the Great Salt Lake as well as the Wasatch Mountains, and Salt Lake County. If you are looking for the easiest, kid friendly, or a fun date night sunset spot in Salt Lake, this is the trail for you. The city lights at night offer a beautiful panorama of the valley, with minimal effort of hiking to the top. Regardless of age or hiking experience, you will find this short but sweet trail and overlook enjoyable.

Legend has it that Brigham Young and his pioneer entourage scrambled to the top of Ensign Peak upon arrive in the SLC valley. They surveyed the mountain peaks to the east the salt lake to the west and decided that they indeed found “the promise land.” The monument at the peak is dedicated to them, and is an important landmark for members of the LDS Church.

 Drive North on State Street. and turn Right on 300 N, which turns into Capital Blvd. Turn left onto Edgecombe Drive. At the first stop sign, continue straight and you will see cars parked along the street and the staircase on the left.

 

Distance: 1 mile RT

Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour, depending on stay at the top

Dog friendly? Yes, on leash

Kid friendly? Yes

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 On the right side of the street is the Ensign Peak Memorial Garden, which tells about the significance of the peak and the early pioneers who built up the SLC Valley.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 The trail begins up the stairs, and to the right, behind the sign.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 The trail is paved for the first 100 ft, and you’ll pass this sign. Stay straight.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 A few stairs.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

The trail is extremely wide from the heavy use.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 You’ll reach a small saddle and will now have the first great views. Stay left.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 Looking West to the Great Salt Lake!

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 In 1934 this 18 ft monument was placed by the Salt Lake Ensign Stake Mutual Improvement Associations. It is comprised of stones collected from stakes along the Mormon Trail – the inscriptions of the names of some stakes are still visible today.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

Another great evening pack walk with @dogsthathikeinutah!

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 We brought a small picnic up for the sunset. We had a blanket, grapes, cheese, bread, and wine, and enjoyed each others company as we did some photography and watched the sunset.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 These two sunset photos were taken by my boyfriend, @iBoyer.

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

 Amazing sunset!

Ensign Peak, Utah, Best Utah sunset photo spots

Sunset with my baby!

 

There are several trails leading to the peak, but this is the most popular and well signed and well traveled path.

Ensign Peak trail map, Utah

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