One of the more remote and seldom-visited peaks of the Wasatch. Grandview straddles the Davis and Salt Lake County line, and is only visible from a few spots in the Salt Lake Valley. A variety of routes exist. All are long, though none are more difficult than class 2 off-trail hiking.
The most common routes to Grandview are via the Great Western Trail from the north, and City Creek Canyon just east of downtown Salt Lake City.
To get to the GWT, take the well-grated dirt road "Skyline Drive" that passes above the prominent "B" above Bountiful, to a saddle at 8,100 feet. The road continues north towards Bountiful Peak, and a less distinct road goes south. The trailhead for the GWT is four miles to the south, but passenger cars can only go about two miles. From the GWT trailhead, it is still several miles to Grandview.
For City Creek, even numbered days are required if taking a passenger car. Drive to 11th Avenue and B Street and continue north on Bonneville Boulevard. Turn up a side road which leads directly up City Creek Canyon. Pass the entrance gate (a few dollars) and drive to the end of the road at the upper end of Rotary Park.
The road up City Creek to Rotary Park is open typically from late May to the end of September, and costs $3 per vehicle at this time (2011).
When To Climb
Because both access roads are closed in winter, ascents other than in summertime are rare. Best time for climbing is June through September.
I followed City Creek canyon up to Rotary Park, then turned up (at the first Rotary park sign) to the north to get onto the west ridge of Grandview. I followed this snowy ridge to within a quarter mile of the summit. I turned back because I was utterly pooped. The ridge is doable on snowshoes in winter.
City Creek canyon is accessible, and the ridge is fine for a winter ascent.
One could also visit Grandview after hitting Lookout peak from the south- The GW trail contours the hillsides and eventually gets pretty close to Grandview. Just down the ridge from Lookout (to the E/SE), the trail veers off to the north heading towards Grandview.
I don't know if that makes sense- The trail marked on USGS topo maps is there.
This can be accessed at the top of Emmigration canyon (at the top of Killyon canyon), or from Afflek Park in Mountain Dell canyon.
The bushwacking wont be as bad from this approach, since you're on a trail until less than a mile from Grandview.
It seems the most typical way to hit Grandview is from the GWT, i.e. from Big Mountain Pass. I accessed it via the ridge from Ensign Peak. . .11 miles later. But I would recommend coming up from Rudy's flat via the Mueller Park or N Canyon trails, up over Burro, and then up the ridge. The ridge was tortuous on snowshoes in spring, I don't know how it would be wihtout snow. Finally I made it. I came down to the GWT, but it was also snowcovered, and I didn't really know the route, so came down via City Creek. It seemed like GWT up to the peak would be very doable.
Just tried ascending from north canyon via Rudy's flat and Burro peak. Ran out of time before the summit, but it was a beautiful/brutal snowshoe along that ridge. I will be trying again. maybe on skis...