Loop hike to Layton peak summitUsing the Great Western trail on the ascent, and the Community Trail on the descent -- a loop summit hike is possible.
Getting ThereSee directions to the Fernwood trail head.
Route DescriptionUse the Great Western trail to ascend to Layton peak. The distance is 6.55 miles one way. The trail is very easy to follow; it is the same route as the Wasatch 100 until you reach Chinscraper. Instead of turning right to continue the Great Western trail south, follow the easy ridge line to the summit. There are great views looking West.
You can then choose to traverse over to Thurston -- which will add 1 mile of traversing. It is then possible to downclimb Thurston to a segment of the Great Western trail, and take GW trail north back to Chinscraper.
Taking the community trail back down to Fernwood will give you a round trip distance of 12.3 miles.
My GPS registered 10.1 miles for the loop WITHOUT Thurston peak and it takes close to eight hours if you are an average hiker. The backside of Chinscraper has snow until June, making the ascent tricky (if not dangerous).