OverviewPreston Peak is one of several peaks along the Brighton Ridge overlooking Brighton Ski Resort. This peak is actually within Brighton Ski Area boundaries, and during the ski season Preston Peak is a very short walk from the top of the Snake Creek chair lift.
This rather plain peak is flanked by Clayton Peak on it's north east (47°) aspect, and Pioneer ridge (and Pioneer Peak) on it's west (275°) aspect. Climbing Preston Peak and both it's neighbors in one trip is recommended, since Preston is less than a mile (as the crow flys) from either. Preston Peak is unnamed on the USGS topographic maps, but maps of Brighton have it clearly named and labeled at 10,315 feet.
The views, in every direction, make climbing this unpretentious peak worth the while. From its peak one can see east into the Heber Valley, south into American Fork Canyon (home of mighty Mt. Timpanogos), north down Big Cottonwood canyon toward Salt Lake City, and west at Pioneer Peak, Sunset Peak, Mt. Tuscarora, and Mt. Wolverine.
Getting ThereFrom downtown Salt Lake City, follow these directions to reach Brighton Ski Resort. Driving time from downtown Salt Lake City is approximately 50 minutes:
Park in the ski resort parking lot and begin hiking from the main lodge.
RoutesThis peak is best climbed as a snow climb or backcountry ski climb in late winter soon after Brighton Ski Resort closes for the season.
From the main lodge at Brighton, simply follow the Crest Express chair lift to its top, and then head east up Preston Peak. Alternatively, for a less steep climb, follow the Snake Creek chair lift to its top and then head west to the peak.