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Big Mountain (UT)

 
Big Mountain (UT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.84540°N / 111.6604°W

Object Title: Big Mountain (UT)

County: Salt Lake and Morgan

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 8472 ft / 2582 m

 

Page By: ericwillhite

Created/Edited: Aug 16, 2010 / Aug 16, 2010

Object ID: 650226

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Overview

23 July 1849: "One of Flack's oxen was left to die. The road this morning led over a low mountain. We had to double teams in crossing the summit. It is one mile of heavy hauling. After passing over the summit the descent is very steep and we had to lock both wheels".

Start where the early pioneers of Utah saw their first glimpse of the Salt Lake Valley. From your vehicle (or handcart company), one can hike north of Big Mountain Pass for a quick trip to Big Mountain and big views. This is the Great Western Trail so you can continue beyond if you have more time.
Big Mountain
Big Mountain from Little Mountain

Getting There

From I-80 in Parleys Canyon, take the East Canyon Exit 134 (Highway 65) north 8 miles to Big Mountain Pass. Park in the large dirt lot at this historic pass.
Big Mountain Pass Map
Big Mountain Map

Route

For Big Mountain, cross the road and start up the trail gaining elevation quickly. The first half mile is a majority of the elevation gain for this trip. Soon you top out on ridges, working across much easier terrain to the base of Big Mountain. About half this route is shaded so start early if hiking up in summer. The trail skirts below the summit around 100 feet or so. Leave the trail wherever it looks good or hike the trail to the ridge and work back. The summit is completely bald so views are all around.
 
Trail & Big Mountain
Trail & Big Mountain
 
Trail with distant Wasatch Peaks
Trail & Wasatch Peaks
 
Views from the trail
On the trail
 
The Great Western Trail
Great Western Trail
 
View Northeast
NE to Deadox BM
 
Grandview & Lookout Peaks
Grandview & Lookout Peaks
 
NW to Swallow Rocks Peaks
NW to Swallow Rocks
 
Wasatch Central Peaks
Central Wasatch Mountains
 
East to Lewis Peak
East to Lewis Peak
 
View North
View North

SE to Park City area
SE to the Park City area

External Links

http://www.willhiteweb.com/salt_lake_city/big_mountain/emigration_canyon_068.htm

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