One of the challenges of choosing peaks to climb for my 2016 goal is actually finding the right path to the the peak once I'm hiking. Lookout Peak is one of the many summits north-east of the Salt Lake Valley. However, the peak is not visible from the route we chose until we had hiked along the ridge line and climbed some of the high points.
We chose the route from Killyon Canyon. To get there we drove I-80 Eastbound to the East Canyon exit and turned left (north) off the freeway onto highway 65. At about 2.2 miles, we made a left onto the Emigration Canyon Road. We drove to the top then as it descended again, it makes a left. Instead of staying left, we turned right onto Pinecrest Canyon Road. At about .4 miles, we took the right fork in the road and it's another 1/2 mile to the trailhead. Unfortunately, there is no parking at the trailhead and most of the road leading up to it is marked with no parking signs. There are a few turn outs
Killyon Canyon parking signs but it means that we had to add at least a mile round trip to our hike.
The first major fork is marked with a sign and the trail stays to the right.
About 1.5 miles up the canyon, there is a four way intersection. We turned left at the intersection. From here, we enjoyed a steady climb through a couple of meadows while the trail headed north. It veers east again as we approached toward the ridge line.
After taking a photo of the ridge line, I realized I can't see Lookout Peak as it sits behind the highest point in the photo. The hardest park of this hike is numerous high points that seem like peaks until you get to the top and look north only to see you have more to go.
I actually had to do the Lookout Peak hike twice as I got rained on the first time and had to turn around about a half mile from the actual peak. The second time was a charm and the views couldn't have been more spectacular with the sunshine.
Sometimes hiking along the ridge is the best part of the hike. The surrounding views are gorgeous and with the wildflowers in bloom, the peak is merely the destination of the beautiful journey.
After 4.1 miles, we finally made it to the peak. The summit elevation sits at 8,954 feet. There's a few steep parts getting to the summit but we didn't think the trail was difficult. We would rate it as moderate and the official rating is a class 2.
|Looking south from the peak.|
|Salt Lake Valley in background.|
The views from the top are spectacular. To the west lies the Salt Lake Valley. South is a nice view of Mt. Olympus with many of the other peaks of the Mount Olympus Wilderness area that stretches up Millcreek Canyon. We did the hike the third week of June and the trail was clear. It can even be done in the earlier spring with no snow limiting the access.
I hike a lot of trails by myself so it was fun to have Kalina join me and have someone to be goofy with at the peak. It took us about four hours to do the 8.3 miles round trip hike. I attempted some trail running on the way down.