Utah is a beautiful state that offers a variety of landscapes and unique rock formations to view. If you’re planning to get out in nature, Utah has much more to offer than the barren flat landscape that many travelers pass through on their way to other destinations. If you love the mountains, don’t discount Utah’s peaks before you’ve heard more about them. Here are ten of the most epic mountains you have to check out in Utah.
10. Mahogany Mountain (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Vacation Idea suggests checking out Mahogany Mountain. It’s not far from Mount Timpanogos in the background, which can overshadow its beauty. Mahogany Mountain is 9,000 feet above sea level and offers multiple hiking trails that take you to the summit for amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Not far from the town of Pleasant Grove, you’ll find the Grove Creek Trail which leads you to the summit. It’s a trail of moderate difficulty that is accessible by novice and intermediate-skilled hikers. The round trip is just under three miles. It’s an excellent trail for families out for a hike. The North Peak Trail is the same distance and is also suitable for mountain biking.
9. Mount Jardine (Hyde Park, Utah)
Mount Jardine is not far from Hyde Park in the Bear River Range. The mountain reaches an elevation of 9,566 feet and provides ample activities for outdoor enjoyment. You will find three routes for moderate hiking to the summit. Each trail is six miles in length to the summit, and another six miles back to the bottom. It’s a popular area for hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers. The Birch Canyon route offers the most scenic views of the mountain. The mountain is the home of the Jardine Juniper Tree, known to be the oldest tree in Utah. The trails are also open to dogs and horses.
8. Granite Peak (Milford, Utah)
Granite Peak is a mountain that lies 20 miles to the west of the city of Beaver, not far from the small hamlet of Milford. It’s a part of the Mineral Range where you’ll find some of the most breathtaking granite spires and pinnacles. It’s an exceptional area for rock climbing, bouldering, and hiking. There are many interesting places to explore with old pumice mines in the area. It’s a popular recreation area for explorers and those who love the diverse environment with its spruce, cedar, and pine trees and multiple cool rock formations.
7. Ben Lomond (Ogden, Utah)
Ben Lomond is a pyramid-shaped mountain in the Northern Wasatch Mountain Range. Ben Lomond was named by early Scottish settlers in the area. It’s one of the most popular recreational areas for mountaineers in the Ogden area. Ben Lomond offers four trails to the summit. You’ll also find campgrounds for backpackers who wish to make their visit a several-day adventure. There are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as a ski area. The Ben Lomond recreational area is open year-round for outdoor activities.
6. Mount Timpanogos (Provo, Utah)
The Top Tours recommends checking out Mount Timpanogos, affectionally called Mount Timp by the locals. It’s the second-highest peak in the Wasatch Mountain Range. It’s a popular area for hikers and mountaineers with three established trails that range from twelve to sixteen-mile durations. All three lead to the summit of Mount Timp. It’s the only true glaciered mountain in Utah. The most popular times to hike the glacier route are fall and spring, requiring crampons and ice axes. It’s the home of Timpooneke Campground for camping and getting in a few days of outdoor enjoyment.
5. Deseret Peak (Grantsville, Utah)
Deseret Peak is near Grantsville Utah in the Stansbury Mountain Range. It’s the highest peak in the range towering at 11,031 feet above sea level. This mountain attracts thousands of hikers each year, who explore the many trails for hiking and mountain biking. The best trail to reach the summit of Deseret Peak is the South Willow Creek route. The entire trip from the start of the trail to the summit and back is just eight miles. You’ll find lovely scenic views when you reach the summit.
4. Bountiful Peak (Bountiful City, Utah)
Bountiful Peak is near Bountiful City in the Northern Wasatch Mountain Range. It’s the highest peak in this part of the range at an altitude of over 9,000 feet. The beautiful mountain is segmented by rugged cliffs and canyons, making it ideal for hikers and explorers. Four trails lead to the summit of the mountain. The most popular route is Parrish Creek, traversed in the spring and summer months. The Davis Creek route leads by four waterfalls on the way to the summit. You can drive a vehicle nearly to the top of Bountiful Peak if you prefer not to walk.
3. Grandeur Peak (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Only in Your State recommends Grandeur Peak for hikers looking for an easy trail to hike. The Peak is in Millcreek Canyon and reaches an elevation of 8,299 feet. The trail that leads to the summit is 4.4 miles. It is one of the easiest mountains to climb, although the route to the summit is challenging. The average duration of the climb takes three and a half hours to complete. The area is popular with snowshoers in the winter and birdwatchers and hikers year-round.
2. Jupiter Peak (Park City, Utah)
Jupiter Peak is also called Jupiter Hill. It’s in the Park City Mountain Resort near Park City, Utah in the Central part of the Wasatch Mountain Range. The summit is 9,998 feet in elevation. Hikers access the trail from the southern face of the mountain. It provides views of the valley below. You’ll find a pole that marks the top and a mountain rescue hu,t a few hundred yards from the peak’s summit. It’s one of the most scenic viewpoints in the Park City areas. Hikers enjoy panoramic views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and Clayton Peak.
1. The Watchman (Springdale, Utah)
The Watchman is not far from Springdale, Utah, in Zion National Park. The Watchman Campground provides a place for backpackers to establish a camp as a base for exploring the various trails leading to the summit. The majestic peak guards the south entrance to Zion National Park. The Watchman is a natural Navajo sandstone formation with beautiful red shale outcroppings and is home to the Kayenta Formation along its lower slopes. It’s one of the most photographed places in the state of Utah.