Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakDude Benchmark Peak (7,212 ft) is the high point in between Salt Lake City & Bountiful, Utah. The ridge extends for miles, with City Creek Canyon below to the South and views of Thurston Peak and Ben Lomond Peak to the North. There are several routes to reach Dude Peak, but the easiest is from the North side in Bountiful, starting from a neighborhood trailhead. The hike itself is easy in that there is nothing technical or super steep. It follows the rolling hills along the ridge, with several up and downs, until it reaches the small rocky outcropping overlooking the entire East side of the Salt Lake Valley. Some sections are rocky, but lasts for a short time.
Because this trail has zero shade or water, you'll want to start hiking early. We were hiking by 8am and I wished we started even earlier. It was 55F but because it was a clear day the sun felt really hot, and we were both sweating a lot. Spring seems to be the best time to hike this trail when the flowers are in bloom and temperatures aren't as hot as later in the year. I loved how green it was in May! This trail is dog and kid friendly.
From SLC head north on I-15, and take exit 312 for HWY 89. Turn right on Eagle Ridge Drive. Drive around the round-a-bout, staying on Eagle Ridge drive for 2.3 miles until you reach the first and only stop sign. Turn right on Eaglewood Loop, then left on Elk Hollow Rd. Drive another 0.5 miles, then turn right on Hidden Lake Drive. Turn right again on Hidden Lake Circle. Drive to the very end, of this road, driving up the single lane road past a gate.
Here's a driving map.
Distance: 4.4 miles RTElevation gain: 1300 ftTime: 2-3 hoursDog friendly? Yes, off leashKid friendly? Yes, for older kidsFees/Permits? None
Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakFirst, continue driving up to the trailhead via this small single lane road, past the gate.Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakPark at the dead end, then being by hiking around another gate.Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak Walk around the towers, then you'll see a trail split off to the right, uphill.
Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak Walk through the open field, which is actually part of the pipeline field. The trail is really easy to follow, as it winds through scrub oak trees.
Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak After hiking up a steep rocky section, you'll reach this stick stuck in a large cairn. Not sure why it's marked so well, there is no significance peak-wise.
Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakThe trail goes up and down rolling hills.
Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak Work up two long switchbacks.
Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak Charlie waits for me to hike up. Some of those hills were steep!
Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakFinal push to Dude Peak!
Hiking to Dude Benchmark PeakWe summited Dude Peak in 1 hour 10 minutes. What a cool view with SLC and the Oquirrh's in the distance!Hiking to Dude Benchmark Peak What a fun peak – this was a great Spring hike to get ready for peak bagging season!
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