Ensign Peak Hike
This little peak is the perfect way to view the city. Just don't do it on the hottest day of the year because you'll hate it. Take a picnic and watch the sunset. Ensign Peak is at the north end of the Salt Lake Valley, above the State Capitol building.
Two days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and seven other pioneer leaders climbed the mountain to survey the valley. From its summit they laid out in their minds the city they intended to build. A small monument now sits on the summit.
Ensign Peak Trailhead(40.79139, -111.88833)
The trailhead is at the top of a residential area above the Utah capitol building. From downtown Salt Lake City, drive State Street north to the capitol, fork right and follow the road around to the northeast. It becomes East Capitol Boulevard. Follow it up the hill to the north and then turn left onto North Sandrun Road. Follow that road west to the LDS Church house. The trailhead is in the back of the church parking lot, where it abuts Ensign Vista Drive.
Ensign Peak(40.794721, -111.890959)
From the trailhead, follow the obvious, well-maintained trail to the top of the peak. The trail swings around the mountain and approaches the summit from the north. Return the way you came in.
Please stay on the established trail. Work is underway here to re-vegetate the area, which has been harmed by erosion.