Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 40.72000°N / 111.6954°W
Additional Information County: Salt Lake
Additional Information Elevation: 8621 ft / 2628 m
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Mt Aire is one of the smaller peaks in the Wasatch, but still a great one to climb nonetheless. It has excellent panoramic summit views, and it provides some good steep snowshoeing in the winter without worry of avalanche danger. Since the trail is on a shady south slope, it is also a good trail to do in the summer.

The trail from Elbow Fork is 1.75 miles one way from the road with 1,991 feet of elevation gain. In the winter the canyon road is closed at the Maple Cove Picnic Ground, and from there the route is about 3.5 miles long and gains about 2,600 feet.

The peaks along the Millcreek Ridge are a nice set to do for an easy ridge run and the bushwacking isn't too bad along the ridgeline compared to the rest of the Wasatch backcountry.

For the advanced hiker, these three summits can be bagged while hiking the Millcreek Ridge route, which runs from the Salt Lake Valley, over Grandeur Peak, all the way to Murdock Peak.

Summit view of Mt AireLooking off the summit of Mount Aire.

Getting There

Drive, bike, or walk up East Millcreek Canyon (begins as 3760 South off of Wasatch Boulevard in the valley) to the Elbow Fork Trailhead. This is on the north side of the road 5.7 miles past the entrance station.

In the wintertime the road is closed at the Maple Cove Picnic Ground about 4.2 miles up the canyon from the entrance station.

 Mt Aire Routes Overview Map...Click for larger size.


Red Tape

None, apart from the canyon fee, which is only a few dollars and only applies to motorized vehicles.

Mt Aire View from North EastMount Aire from the Northeast. There isn't much red tape here.


When To Climb

Any time of the year is great. Summer is popular, but some of the climb might be a little warm, so an early start is best.

This is a fairly easy and safe climb in winter, but often in the winter there is trailbreaking to be done in order to reach the summit. Usually there isn't much avalanche danger on the route.

Fall is very beautiful on the mountain and colors usually peak in late September or early October.

Climbing up Mount AireClimbing up Mount Aire in the Fall.


Camping is allowed in the Wasatch National Forest anywhere more than 200 ft from any trail and 1/4 mile from any road. Please use Leave No Trace methods.

There aren't many campsites on the mountain because of the steep slopes. There are some reasonable campsites near the saddle at the head of Elbow Fork, but unless there is some snow around, you have to carry water to that location.

Mountain Conditions

There are no known avalanche paths that cross the route, although the route does pass above 2 starting zones near the summit, but these are easily avoided.


Below is the National Weather Service Climate Summary of the old Park City Summit House. The data is from 1969-1977. The old Park City Summit House was at 9280 feet elevation, so expect the temperatures and weather averages on Mount Aire to be quite similar.

JAN 24 12 46 -17 3.51 48.7
FEB 28 14 44 -10 2.99 48.8
MAR 30 14 51 -9 3.05 47.0
APR 39 21 61 1 2.81 39.8
MAY 50 32 67 10 1.67 10.3
JUN 61 43 80 20 1.13 3.1
JUL 69 51 79 36 1.10 0.0
AUG 68 50 79 30 1.10 0.0
SEP 57 39 75 13 1.15 1.5
OCT 42 28 64 -2 2.83 24.5
NOV 32 20 54 -14 2.83 38.1
DEC 26 13 45 -12 3.49 54.5



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