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Hiking Mount Raymond, Utah – Trail Map, Pictures, Descriptions & More

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Mount Raymond in Big Cottonwood Canyon just outside Salt Lake City, Utah is a hike with incredible views, a couple routes, and some class 3 scrambling. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know before setting out on your Mount Raymond adventure.

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Difficulty –Strenuous
Distance – 7.8 miles round trip (8.88 km)
Height – 10,241 feet (2529.54 m)
Elevation gain – 3,100 feet (732.43 m)
Duration – 3-4 hours (book time)
Trailhead Location – Butler Fork trailhead (7,172 Feet)
Dogs – Not allowed

 

Need To Know Information

  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • There are a few common routes. The most common is from the Butler Fork Trailhead which is the easiest route, the second most common is from Millcreek Canyon, and the third is from lower in Big Cottonwood Canyon at the Mill B North trailhead. We describe each of these for you below.

Trail Map

Mount Raymond Trail Map

Routes

Mount Raymond’s Class 3 scramble:

It is worth noting that all routes to the summit require class 3 scrambling near the end of the hike to reach the summit. The scrambling features solid handholds, but it can be difficult for those that have issues with heights or drop offs. This scramble occurs only minutes before the summit of Mount Raymond. Pictures are below for reference.

 

Mount Raymond Via Butler Fork

Distance – 7.8 miles round trip (12.55 km)
Elevation gain – 3,200 feet (975.36 m)
Duration – 6-8 hours (book time)
Trailhead Location – Butler Fork trailhead (7,172 Feet)

This is the most common route to the summit of Mount Raymond due to the higher elevation starting point, and the fact that the trailhead is located within Big Cottonwood Canyon.

This trail is well traveled, well maintained, and well marked, making it easy or anyone to follow. Hikers follow the signs towards Mount Raymond and Gobblers Knob.

If you are interested in this route, we have created a GPX route of it here.

 

Mount Raymond Via Bowman Fork Trailhead in Mill Creek Canyon

Distance – 9.46 miles round trip (15.22 km)
Elevation gain – 4,270 feet (1301.50 m)
Duration – 8-10 hours (book time)
Trailhead Location – Bowman Fork Trailhead

This is simply another route from Millcreek Canyon (which requires a pass, or a $5 parking fee). This is a common approach for those that want to avoid driving into Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is relatively straightforward, and increases both the mileage and elevation gain.

If you are interested in this route, we have created a GPX route of it here.

 

Mount Raymond Via Mill B North

Distance – 11.9 miles round trip (19.15 km)
Elevation gain – 5,101 feet (1554.79 m)
Duration – 10-12 hours (book time)
Trailhead Location – Mill B North Fork Trailhead

This is not the recommended route to the summit due to substantial increase in length and elevation gain. That being said, this route combines some incredibly stunning scenery. We believe this is the most scenic route. It too is simple to follow as the trails are well traveled and well marked. If you want to lengthen your day and make this hike even more difficult, we highly recommend it. You’ll come across far fewer people after a couple miles in the trail.

If you are interested in this route, we have created a GPX route of it here.

 

Hiking in Winter

This is prone to avalanche conditions in winter and should only be done by those who are aware of current avalanche conditions, and are prepared for winter hiking. This is a common backcountry skiing zone, but because of the avalanche dangers, this zone should only be done by those with experience in avalanche terrain. You can read the current avalanche forecasts on the Utah Avalanche Center website.

 

Camping Information

Backcountry camping is allowed in Big Cottonwood canyon pending you are on Forest Service property. Camping must be at least 1/2 mile off of any road, and 200 feet from any trails, water, or developed areas.

If approaching from Millcreek, you can backcountry camp. More information can be found here.

 

Weather

Here is a detailed weather forecast for the area:

Holladay, UT

Today
Sunny, with a high near 56. South southwest wind around 15 mph.

Tonight
A slight chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy. Low around 37, with temperatures rising to around 39 overnight. South southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday
A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Partly sunny. High near 46, with temperatures falling to around 41 in the afternoon. Southwest wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night
Snow showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 6 to 12 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Friday
Snow and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday Night
Snow likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms before midnight, then snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Saturday
Snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

 

Directions

To Big Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead at Butler Fork Trailhead

To Millcreek Canyon Trailhead at Bowman Fork Trailhead

To Big Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead at Mill B North Trailhead

 

Additional Pictures

Views along the Mill B North trail

Views along the Mill B North trail

Gobbler's Knob as seen from the summit of Mount Raymond

Gobbler’s Knob as seen from the summit of Mount Raymond

Views of Gobbler's Knob on the ridge towards Mount Raymond

Views of Gobbler’s Knob on the ridge towards Mount Raymond

Views of Salt Lake City from Mount Raymond summit

Views of Salt Lake City from Mount Raymond summit

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, backcountry skier, 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 climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is 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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