Mount Aire is a common hike for locals due to its close proximity and stunning views. Hikers can access trails off of I-80, or from Millcreek Canyon. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know to hike this mountain from any trailhead.
Distance – 3.24 miles round trip (5.2 km)
Height – 8,602 feet (2621.9 m)
Elevation gain – 1,869 feet (569.7 meters)
Duration – 3-4 hours
Difficulty – Difficult
Hike Class: Class 2 hiking
Trailhead Locations – Elbow Fork Trailhead | Lambs Canyon Trailhead (Directions Below)
Need To Know Information
- If hiking from Millcreek Canyon, cars will need to purchase either day pass ($5), or a yearly pass ($50) for the canyon. Payment is taken on the way out of the canyon, rather than heading in!
- This peak has two main options for hiking, and we explain both below.
- Dogs are allowed on this hike.
Hiking Route Options
Here is the information associated with the two options for reaching the summit.
Mount Aire Via Elbow Fork Trailhead | 3.24 Miles Round Trip (5.2 km) – 1,869 Feet Elevation Gain (569.7 meters)
This is the most common trailhead to the summit as it is the quickest approach and has the least amount of elevation gain. It is well marked, easy to follow, and accessed from Millcreek Canyon.
We have created a full GPX file and map of this route for you: Elbow Fork Trailhead Map & GPX File
Mount Aire Via Lambs Canyon Trailhead | 9.58 Miles Round Trip (15.4 km) – 4,515 Feet Elevation Gain (1376.2 meters)
This is a longer approach that features elevation gain, then elevation loss, and then a gain once again to summit. It therefore is a lot more difficult than the Millcreek side. For that reason, it isn’t the recommended approach if you are looking for the easiest way to summit. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
We have created a full GPX file and map of this route for you: Lambs Canyon Trailhead Map & GPX File
Hiking Mount Aire In Winter
There is avalanche danger in winter, so it is important for hikers or skiers to have the proper gear and knowledge before summitting this peak while snow is on the ground.
In addition, the Millcreek Canyon side has a road closure in winter adding to the length. You can see a GPX file we created from the parking lot at the closed gate during winter months: Mount Aire Winter GPX
We have created an online map and GPX file for each of the trail options listed above. You can use those links to view an online map of Mount Aire as well.
There are several campground options in Millcreek canyon.
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.
Emigration Canyon, UT
Snow before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Mostly sunny. High near 35, with temperatures falling to around 33 in the afternoon. South wind around 6 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 21. South southwest wind around 6 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 38. West southwest wind around 6 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Southwest wind around 6 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
Directions & Parking
Directions to Elbow Fork Trailhead:
Directions To Lambs Canyon Trailhead:
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