The best time to summit both peaks are Mid-June through October. Summer months offer a scenic, and very green trail, while Autumn has a lot to offer with the fall colors. You’ll want to avoid hiking/snowshoeing here in Winter, due to high avalanche terrain. Butler Fork has many “terrain traps” that increase the risk of getting caught in an avalanche. A few people have died in this area during Winter over the years. If you must go during winter, be sure to have all the necessary backcountry gear, including a beacon, probe, shovel, and other survival necessities.
From SLC, head south on I-80, then south on I-215. Take exit 6 for 6200 S/Wasatch Blvd, and turn left. At the entrance to BCC (where the 7-11 is on the corner), turn left into the canyon. The Butler Fork Trail starts right after mile marker 10, on your left.
Distance to (one way):
The saddle: 4.1 miles
Gobblers Knob: 5.1 miles
Mt. Raymond: 5.1 miles
Total mileage: 10.8 miles RT
Elevation gain: 4,082 ft
Time: 4-6 hours
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed in BCC due to watershed rules
Kid friendly? No
I arrived at the TH at 6am, so this photo was taken when I got done, around 11:30am. It was too dark to get photos. The nice thing about starting really early is the cooler temperatures and no people.
At the first trail split, turn left for Mill A Basin.
I was amazed at how overgrown this trail is, for being such a popular area. I don’t know if it had rained the night before or if it was dew, but my shoes and shorts got soaked with water. As I hiked past the brush, my clothes seemed to soak the water right up. I was not happy about that!
Though the trailhead map shows about 3 switchbacks, I actually counted 12. The overgrowth never seemed to end!
Finally, you’ll reach the first ridge line, and the overgrowth goes away. You’ll also have your first full view of Mt. Raymond to the left, and Gobblers Knob to the right.
At the 2nd trail split, turn left again.
The trail levels out, and gradually gains a little elevation over the next 1/2-3/4 mile.
It will feel as if you’ve missed the trail split for the saddle, because you will start to head further West and be near the base of Mt. Raymond. However, you can’t miss it. There’s no sign for it, but there’s an obvious split to the right.
Work your way up to the saddle. Once on the saddle, you can choose which peak to do first. I chose Gobblers Knob simply so I could hike in the shade for as long as possible, and it seemed further away. In reality, they are both about 1 mile from the saddle.
Looking into BCC. Smoke still lingers in the canyons from recent fires.
Hiking up the ridge to Gobblers. Gobblers Knob is a little easier than Mt. Raymond, only in the sense that no scrambling is required.
Looking back to where the saddle is and a great view of Mt. Raymond from a distance.
Gobblers Knob is only a few feet away!
Gobblers Knob summit! I made it from the car to summit in 2 hours exactly.
Exploring the summit. I had the peak all to myself! This is looking North, into Millcreek Canyon. You can access Gobblers Knob via the Bowman Fork Trail in Millcreek, and dogs would be allowed this route since it’s not apart of the watershed. I have a trail guide up to White Fir Pass, then after that you would continue following the Bowman Fork trail to the peak.
Summit marker for Gobblers Knob.
I can’t eat really early, so I save my first snack of the day until I got to the first peak. This was my first time trying Stash Bites by Kate’s Real Food. They were super tasty – a perfect morning snack! Not too filing, and just the right mix of sweet and salty.
After a 15 minute photo and snack break, it was back to the trail.
To get to Mt. Raymond, head back down to the saddle, then up the other side.
You are about to start your light scramble when you reach this very large, old tree. I made sure I put everything inside my pack, including my adjustable hiking poles.
This scramble isn’t tough at all – its actually one of the easier scrambling sections you’ll find in the Wasatch. There is no knife edge or sheer drop offs on either side, but you’ll still want to watch your footing. Don’t take any of the trails that drop down – you’ll create more work for yourself by having to hike back up. Stay on the ridge, and you’ll reach the peak.
The last push to Mt. Raymond!
I wasn’t able to sign the summit register, simply because there was no paper that wasn’t dry and crumpled!
Walking along the edge of Mt. Raymond. Many people ask how I get photos like this, especially when I hike solo. I use my awesome mini tripod then set my self-timer on my camera. Do a little editing and easy peasey, done!
Mt. Raymond summit looking over to Gobblers Knob, where I came from.
Somehow I got a rash and tiny red dots all over my leg. Some people on the trail told me it was probably Stinging Nettle, since they had seen some on the trail earlier. I don’t know how nor remember rubbing up against anything! It started to itch, and spread quickly. All I could think to do was squirt water on my leg to try and wash it off. It seemed to work.
Admiring the awesome rock slab on top of Mt. Raymond.
Mt. Raymond summit marker.
By the time I got back down to the parking area at 11:30am it was completely full! I’m always glad I start super early to beat the crowds – on my way down the Butler Fork trail I passed around 25 people!
Butler Fork/Mill A Basin trail map to Gobblers Knob and Mt. Raymond.