Clayton Peak is easily accessed from both Brighton Ski Resort and from the top of Guardsman’s Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. I did the hike from Guardsman’s Pass. To get there, take I-215 and exit on Wasatch Boulevard (exit 6) and head south. Turn left on at Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (7-11 on corner) and drive to Guardsman’s Pass where you take another left. At the top of the pass, before dropping down into Park City, is a parking lot which sits at the bottom of the trail.
A word of caution, the parking lot fills up fast on weekdays and is almost impossible to find a spot on weekends. It’s best to go early.
The trail starts at the parking lot. Head south on the trailhead from the parking lot. Stay above the big white sign on the ridge line.
The first part of the trail is steep but has some shaded spots in the pines.
The climb through the pines is my favorite part of the trail.
At a flat part of the trail, the trail splits. Head straight for Clayton Peak. From here, you can go over peak and unnamed peak known as peak 10,420 or you can take the trail right and go around the peak but you won’t be far from the peak. It’s more fun to climb to the top and get a two for one.
From this point, you will see Clayton Peak. It’s a flat trail across to the saddle then gets steep and rocky approaching Clayton Peak.
Along the saddle, looking to the right (west) is a Brighton Ski Resort lift.
The trail passes through boulders on the near the summit. It’s helpful to have trekking poles to help with footing.
As always, the views from the top are stunning but even more so in the fall when the colors change.
Even though this is a short day hike, always bring water. I used trail shoes and had no trouble navigating the trail.
Distance: 2.5 plus miles round trip
Elevation: 10,721 feet
Elevation gain: 1371 feet
Other Names: Also known as Mount Majestic