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Kessler Peak
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
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.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Kessler Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Parking Elevation: 7,460'
Time to Trailhead: 00:16
Destination: Kessler Peak
Time Elapsed: 01:33
Trailhead Elevation: 7,740'
Summit Elevation: 10,403'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,663'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:05
Hike Distance: 5.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,963'

The start of the path to Kessler Peak
The start of the path to Kessler Peak

The narrow path to Kessler Peak
The narrow path to Kessler Peak

A mine along the upper portion of the path
A mine along the upper portion of the path

Looking south from Kessler Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking south from Kessler Peak

Topographic map of 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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