Dale BM and Perkins Peak |

Emigration Canyon

Hiking Dale BM and Perkins Peak - Emigration Canyon Hiking Dale BM and Perkins Peak
Emigration Canyon

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Overview

RATING: Moderate/Strenuous Hike
MAPS: SUGAR HOUSE, UT; MOUNTAIN DELL, UT; FORT DOUGLAS, UT

Thu

83 | 61

Fri

83 | 61

Sat

81 | 60

Sun

78 | 58

Mon

76 | 57

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SEASON: Spring and Fall. (Hot in summers)
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Thu

83 | 61

Fri

83 | 61

Sat

81 | 60

Sun

78 | 58

Mon

76 | 57

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Perkins Peak (high point just right of center, and west peak on the left)

Perkins Peak (high point just right of center, and west peak on the left)

The foothills and ridges around Salt Lake are my favorite places to hike in the early spring when the higher mountains are covered in snow. This hike, along the ridge separating Parleys and Emigration Canyon, is one of those nice ambles with big views, easy hiking, and spring flowers. This also makes a good fall hike, when leaves are changing and the hillsides are awash in color.

Dale Benchmark, the first major high-point on the ridge, is an excellent out and back for those wanting a shorter half day outing and clocks in at about 5.5 miles and 1700’ of elevation gain.

Those wanting more adventure can continue out to Perkins Peak and overlook directly down into the Salt Lake Valley. This is about 8.5-9 miles depending on which peaks are visited and another 1000’ of gain. It feels like a workout!

The lovely mountains around Mill Creek canyon from near Dale BM

The lovely mountains around Mill Creek canyon from near Dale BM

Getting There

From Salt Lake City, travel east about 6 miles on I-80 to exit 134 (East Canyon / Little Dell). From exit 134, travel north on UT-65 for 2.4 miles. Turn left here, toward Emigration Canyon, and follow it 1.5 miles to the pass.

There is a large parking area, toilet, and informational sign on the south side of the road. This is the trailhead.

Emigration Canyon and Salt Lake Valley from the two-track heading to Dale BM

Emigration Canyon and Salt Lake Valley from the two-track heading to Dale BM

Route

Dale Benchmark (2.75 miles one way)
From the trailhead, cross behind the gate, and follow the road as it winds up around utility buildings. The road soon turns to a two-track dirt road, drops slightly, then makes its first big climb.

Continue along the main two-track. There are a couple of side roads that have mostly overgrown. The two-track ambles along near the ridge with big views. Dale Benchmark is the highest peak visible along the way. As you approach the base of the peak, the two-track becomes a well traveled single track and steepens.

The final climbs up Dale Benchmark is quite steep, but fairly short-lived. The views from Dale are excellent, with Parleys Canyon to the south and the jagged ridgelines of Mill Creek Canyon and beyond. This is the turnaround for many groups.

Perkins Peak (1.5-2 miles one way)
Those wanting a fuller day can keep the adventure going! From Dale BM, continue along the ridgeline. The trail is not quite as well travelled here, but still easy to find and follow. Perkins is visible from Dale BM, and though it looks a fair distance away, the hiking goes fairly quickly.

Follow the social trail along the ridge. It is easy until it reaches the steep ridge south west of Perkins Hollow. Here the trail gets steep, and a bit overgrown. Once up the steep section to the ridge, the route splits.

The North Peak
To the north, about a quarter of a mile, is the highest point above Perkins Hollow. Some refer to this as Perkins Hollow, some refer to the slightly lower peak west of this junction as Perkins Peak. Reaching the peak to the north follows the rocky ridge. A social trail zig-zags along this ridge. A bit of minor route finding is needed, but with good judgment, there is never exposure or hard climbing. If in doubt, just drop off the ridge on either side slightly for easier terrain. The high-point has splendid views, but no summit register I could find.

West Summit
Some refer to the slightly lower peak to the west of the junction as Perkins Peak. I assumed while I was there, I should do both. To do the west summit, follow the social/game trail. It meanders down a bit on the east side of the ridge. Once directly below, or just past the high-point, work up to it. The last 80 vertical from the game/social trail to the summit is a challenging bushwhack. Game trails help in a spot or two, but it isn’t terribly fun. All-in-all, I would recommend bagging the north peak and not bothering with this one. The north peak is far more aesthetic and enjoyable.

Return the same way.


Maps

Dale BM / 5.54 miles / Elevation Range 6,239 - 7,362 ft.
Dale and Perkins / 8.99 miles / Elevation Range 6,239 - 7,509 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12T 439383mE 4513987mN

N40° 46' 29" W111° 43' 06"

Dale Benchmark

12T 436608mE 4511878mN

N40° 45' 20" W111° 45' 04"

Perkins Split

12T 434977mE 4510694mN

N40° 44' 41" W111° 46' 13"

Perkins

12T 434914mE 4511054mN

N40° 44' 52" W111° 46' 15"

7491

12T 434714mE 4510464mN

N40° 44' 33" W111° 46' 24"

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