Lookout Peak is one of the higher summits located among the foothills north-east of the Salt Lake Valley. The summit is located on the ridge dividing Mountain Dell Canyon to the east, City Creek Canyon to the west, and Emigration Canyon to the south.
Although considerably lower in elevation than many of the more prominent peaks along the Wasatch front range, Lookout Peak still rises over 4000 feet above the Salt Lake valley, as well as most of the surrounding area.
The summit provides excellent views into Emigration Canyon, the upper reaches of City Creek Canyon, large portions of the Salt Lake valley, and many of the Wasatch front range mountains.
Lookout Peak is located in the Wasatch National Forest.
USGS 1:24,000 Quad:
- Mountain Dell, Utah
There are three primary trailheads which can be used for an ascent of Lookout Peak.
Mountain Dell Canyon
From I-80 take the East Canyon exit and proceed north on Utah Highway 65 for 5.1 miles to the Afflek Park picnic area. See the 'Red Tape' section for additional information.
From I-80 take the East Canyon exit and proceed north on Utah Highway 65 for 2.2 miles. Turn left on Emigration Canyon road and proceed approximately 4 miles to the Pinecrest Canyon road. Follow Pinecrest Canyon road approximately 0.4 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork which heads into Killyon canyon, and proceed another 0.5 miles to the trailhead.
City Creek Canyon
Follow State Road 89 up past the Capitol Building to the mouth of the canyon. Entry into the canyon is subject to certain restrictions; see the 'Red Tape' section for additional information.
See the 'Routes' section for details on ascending the peak from the Mountain Dell, Killyon Canyon, and the Black Mountain (west) Ridge routes.
The City Creek Canyon route will be added at a later date.
During the winter months Mountain Dell Canyon (Utah Highway 65) is gated shut approximately 1.5 miles south of the Afflek Park picnic area. This will require parking outside the gate and walking to the trailhead, which will add an additional 3 miles R/T to the hike.
There are a number of private homes in lower Killyon Canyon near the trailhead. Please show consideration and repect the rights of the property owners.
City Creek Canyon is open to motor vehicles on even-numbered calendar days and legal holidays only. There is currently an entry fee of $3.00 per vehicle. Bicycles are permitted in the canyon on odd-numbered calendar days only. There is no entry fee for bicycles. Pedestrians are permitted in the canyon year-round, with no entry fee.
Refer to the City Creek Canyon website or phone (801) 596-5065 for additional information.
When To Climb
For fair weather hikers the summit is probably free of snow by mid-May most years, and will remain so until the first significant snowfall. The peak can also be climbed year round by ski or snowshoe, but will typically require considerably more effort.
There are no established campgrounds in the vicinity. However, this hike will typically require a half-day or less to complete.
The 7-day forecast below is for the Wasatch Front valleys - expect considerably colder and more severe weather in the mountains.