Bighorn Peak, el. 10,877 ft., forms part of the southern boundary of upper Bells Canyon. Nearby Lone Peak, which is located approximately 0.75 miles on the ridge to the west, is slightly higher at 11,253 ft. and receives the vast majority of attention from hikers and climbers, but Bighorn Peak remains a challenging and worthwhile objective.
The approach to Bighorn Peak provides an excellent opportunity to visit the rugged and very seldom visited upper portion of Bells Canyon, located in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area.
Note that some publications also refer to Bighorn Peak as 'Upper Bells Peak'.
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The Bells Canyon trailhead begins at 10245 South Wasatch Blvd. There is a parking area for the trailhead on the east side of Wasatch Blvd.
To access the trailhead from I-215, take the 6200 South exit and follow Wasatch Blvd. south for approximately 6 miles to 10245 South. Park in the parking area on the east side of the road.
The trailhead can also be accessed via I-15 by taking the 9000 South Exit, then following 9000 South east for 6 miles to Wasatch Blvd. (by which time 9000 South has become 9800 South). Turn right (south) on Wasatch Blvd. and drive for 0.7 miles to the trailhead parking area, located on the east side of the road.
For GPS users, the trailhead is located at NAD27 12T 432036E 4490598N, el. 5,120 ft.
Bighorn Peak and the Bells Canyon approach trail are located in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area, but no fees or permits are required for hiking in this area.
Dogs are not permitted on this trail.
When To Climb
Spring through late fall are ideal for climbing Bighorn Peak.
Winter approaches from Bells Canyon would be subject to much avalanche danger.
A more feasible winter approach would be from the south (Lake Hardy area).
There are many possibilities for camping in upper Bells Canyon, near the upper reservoir or further south towards the summit.
Water is available year round at the upper reservoir - treat before drinking.
The 7-day forecast below is for the Wasatch Front valleys - expect considerably colder and more severe weather in the mountains.