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Salt Lake County, UT
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The path to Kessler Peak
Route: FR109, unnamed path
After a long day hiking Mt. Timpanogos, I opted to find something a bit shorter for the final hike of my trip. Initially considering something on the north side of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the sunrise turned my attention to a towering peak on the south side of the road. A quick consultation with my map revealed that it was Kessler Peak.
After a short road walk, I turned right onto an unmarked path and followed this up a steady ramp, eventually passing through some meadows. Awhile thereafter, the trail crossed near the top of multiple slides with a very narrow footbed. Certainly a little unsettling!
Eventually reaching the rocky summit, there were excellent views in all directions. While I was tempted to continue south and attempt a loop, I opted to stick to the terrain I was familiar with.
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The start of the path to Kessler Peak
The narrow path to Kessler Peak
A mine along the upper portion of the path
Looking south from Kessler Peak
Directions to trailhead: From Belt Route I-215, take exit 6 to Route 190 southeast. Continue into Big Cottonwood Canyon. Take a right onto FR019. Just before a sharp right turn, there will be a parking area on the left. Park here, then continue on foot on the road, around the corkscrew turn and through the gate. A little over five minutes after bearing right at a fork, an unmarked path to Kessler Peak will head uphill to the right.
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