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Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Little Black Mountain sits above the Avenues neighborhood in SLC, and although it seems close, it’s looks are deceiving. This trail offers great views of the SLC valley and the BST (Bonneville Shoreline Trails), but get ready to give your hips and calves a work out. Most of the trail is along the BST ridgeline, but gains 900 ft in 1/2 mile!

 

About

 In SLC, head north on 7th Ave. Take a slight left, then right and continue on I St. in the Avenues. Turn right on 13th Ave, then veer left onto Northcrest Drive. Turn left on Terrace Hills drive, and park at the very end of this street, in the cul-de-sac. Here’s a driving map from SLC.

 

Trail Info

Distance: 10 miles round trip

Elevation gain: 2,600 ft

Time: 3-5 hours

Dog friendly? Yes. There is a sign that says dogs must be leashed, but nobody does.

Kid friendly? No, due to distance

Little Black Mountain trailhead

Here is the Trail head area. It starts off to the East side in the cul-de-sac. There is another trail on the West side, but that will lead you the wrong way.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Starting out, this first section of the trail is shaded, and in winter will usually have snow.

Little Black Mountain, Avenues Twin Peaks

 At the first 4 way intersection, keep going straight. You will see the Avenue’s Twin Peaks ahead, which is a great, short hike, and can be hiked year-round.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 The trail will turn North. You will want to take the trail that heads for this small saddle.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 On the ridge! For the next 1.5 miles or so, the trail follows the rolling hills and ridgeline. Little Black Mountain is the peak to the right, by the clouds.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Selfie time with Charlie!

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

At 1.6 miles, you will see the trail turn off for the BST Twin Peaks. I recommend to stop and take in the view from here, then continue along the ridge. This was our view from the trail turning off to Twin Peaks, with Little Black Mountain above Charlie.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Making our way up higher!

Hiking to Little Black Mountain

 This is where I consider the “base” of Little Black Mountain to be. From here, the trail gets very steep, gaining 900 ft in just 1/2 mile. Take your time. Poles may help, and depending on snow level, you may need to put microspikes on. Surprisingly, this is where you start to see trees, after hiking the whole ridgeline in direct sun.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Charlie making his way up the steep, snowy section.

Little Black Mountain, Salt Lake City inversion, SLC smog

 I decided I was ready to turn around from this point, and drank hot tea before heading down. Again, here is what the inversion looks like in winter. I think I was able to hike out and above it, but you can never be sure. I was just glad I got to enjoy the sunny day with Charlie.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Same trail, more snow! November 2017

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 Winter hike with my baby.

Hiking to Little Black Mountain, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

I didn’t quite make it to the summit this trip because the snow got a little sketchy along this narrow ridge. I still had roughly 3/4 mile to go to reach the summit.

 

Trail Map

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