A short stroll, albeit with some blinding snow, to a nice summit with some spectacular views--hence the name. About 35 minutes up, 10 minutes taking pictures on the scenic summit, about 25 minutes down; a huge payoff for such an easy hike. Would recommend for anyone hungry for a peak in early season, with amazing views as an added bonus!
Leaving from Maple Hollow housing area, I used the old jeep road that is now part of a bike and hike trail system maintained by Draper. GPS 40.4611 111.8363 at 5560' is where I parked. I followed the road portion as it dropped into Maple Hollow and then went across the "creek" and straight up the side of the hill, eventually getting to the summit of View Benchmark. It gains about 1000 feet and is a bit more challenging than following the other route posted on this page. A nice change of pace and perhaps better for conditioning. I'll eventually get around to posting a route for this one when I get a chance.
Went up here with the girl I was dating at the time. She was from New Orleans and really enjoyed the views of both Salt Lake and Utah valleys. She was living in Salt Lake at the time and this was a fun one.
It was my wife's birthday and we decided to run up here since it had been raining all day and it was pretty cool with all the fog and VERY low visibility. It made the dirt road seem fun. It rained on us most of the way and we got absolutely soaked in a downpour on the way back down.
I believe a couple buddies and I ran up here from the Micron area back when I was in High School, but I can't be for sure we made it to the right summit.
The views were pretty great from the summit. Easy little hike, up and back in under 45 minutes.
The first part was rocky, and we saw a girl and her dog. And we kind of got muddy. There was barely any snow. The second time a week later, it was cool we made it. It was fun to see the triangle structure again. We got muddy again. It was windy, my hat blew off.
After a hiatus of more than 18 years thanks to Dean's encouragement finally made it back. Definitely miss the garish panels.
walked up one afternoon with the wife and both kids. Nice views and fun for everybody.
I worked 14+ hours the day before and felt compelled to get some fresh air. This was a great after-work hike. I had the mountain to myself most of the time, though I did run into a local teenager who said he'd seen the triangulation structure at the summit and just wondered what was up there.
I could run up every morning from my house to stay in shape but I'm too lazy. Pics and map at http://www.willhiteweb.com/draper_utah/view_benchmark_066.htm
Made for a great two-family, 2 and a half hour outing on a Saturday. Hiked this with my wife and four kids and with Carrie Powell and her four youngest kids. Beautiful day - snow was melting fast, snowy and muddy in places, but not too bad. Great views!
This peak has one of the best views in the Wasatch. On a clear day you can see from Mt. Nebo to Ben Lomond and everything in between. I frequently do training runs up this mountain from various trailheads in Draper that give me 8-10 miles with 1600-2000 vert.
Total summits: 58
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Nice short hike with Sam this morning. Perfect weather and of course great views.
I decided to jump on the bandwagon and snowshoe up View Benchmark. It was definitely a hazy shade of winter.
I was headed down to Draper to visit family, so I threw the snowshoes in, knowing that I had a couple of hours free. Had a blast thanks to the great info on the page!
I use this for a conditioner and probably hike it several times a month early in the year. I love this little mountain and have found countless ways to find my way to summit other than the jeep road. Wear long sleeves and pants otherwise the brush can tear you up on some of the routes. Combine a hike over to Steep Mountain near Draper and you can get some decent conditioning in.
In the fall the colors can be fantastic and in winter it makes a nice snowshoe hike. It is practically in the backyard of folks in Lehi, Alpine and Draper.