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Hiking Jacks Mountain, Utah: Your Complete Guide

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Article Tags: Day Hikes | Salt Lake City | Utah

Jacks Mountain is a gorgeous peak that overlooks Salt Lake City. It features a great trail, stunning views, and a mailbox at the top in memory of Jack Edwards. Jack Edwards was a child who died in 1995 of leukemia. His ashes were spread in the foothills of Salt Lake City, and this peak has mailboxes set up near the top containing a journal.

The instructions for these journals are as follows: “Please take a moment to say hello to Jackie Jack and write a little (or long) note.” This represents a great opportunity to sit at the summit and read some entries!

Distance – 2.4 miles round trip (3.9 km)
Height – 6,455 feet (1967.5 m)
Elevation gain – 1,400 feet (427 meters)
Duration –  3.5 – 4 hours
Difficulty – Easy to Intermediate
Trailhead Locations – Jacks Mountain Trailhead
Dogs: Allowed

Jacks Mountain Loop

Many people choose to do a little loop up the steeper trail, and down the ridge which is slightly less steep to add to the experience. This doesn’t add much mileage and is worth it to change it up a bit from and turn your hike into a small loop.

Hikers start at the trailhead with the walking path along the railing as seen below.

Jacks Mountain Trailhead

From here, you can see your halfway point, the tower at the peak on the photo. Hikers simply head up the trail and take the path that they want to. The right path is the steepest and most direct. Staylng left and flat for a bit, hikers walk around to the ridge will increase the mileage, but make the hike up slightly less steep.

Once reaching the tower as seen in the photo, you’ll see the true Jacks summit and the trail to the top pretty clearly. There is a less traveled path that avoids the extra gain and loss of elevation to the tower, but we recommend just hiking to the tower.

Tower On Jacks Mountain

From here, hike down about 100 vertical feet to the saddle, and then begin hiking the well traveled path to the summit of Jacks Mountain. Return back to the tower, and then decide to hike along the ridge to do the loop, or to hike straight back down to the trailhead.

 

Hiking Jacks Mountain In Winter

Jacks is at relatively low elevation, and most of the trail faces between South and West, meaning for most of the year the trail remains dry, and snow and ice free. After snowfall, it may have snow, but it does generally disappear quickly. The top portion at the summit by the mailbox does generally hold snow for a good portion of winter, but this stretch is generally quite small.

 

Tips For Jacks Mountain

  • This hike is steep, so poles can help you a bit on the hike up be more efficient, as well as feel more stable on the way down.
  • Expect to spend a little extra time reading some journal entries at the top if weather allows.
  • This hike is exposed to wind and sun. So make sure you bring sunscreen, water, and wind protection if windy.

 

Trail Map

 

Current Weather Conditions:

Here is the detailed weather forecast for the next few days. We highly recommend you check out local weather the morning of your hike.

Millcreek, UT

Today
Sunny. High near 76, with temperatures falling to around 74 in the afternoon. South southeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight
Mostly cloudy. Low around 52, with temperatures rising to around 54 overnight. South southeast wind around 9 mph.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 72. South wind around 10 mph.

Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 48. South southeast wind around 8 mph.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 7 to 12 mph.

Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Directions & Parking

Parking for this trailhead is quite simple. It is roadside parking in a neighborhood. You can park as close to the trailhead as you can, and there is the Arcadia Heights trailhead a couple hundred feed down the road, where you can also easily park along the road here.

 

Additional Pictures

Views from Jacks Mountain

Jacks Mountain Mailbox

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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