Difficulty: Moderate ◼︎
Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 915 feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.6606, -111.4257
Directions: Park in the small roadside lot at the coordinates off of the newly constructed Jordanelle Parkway. The road officially opened in December 2020, and although the parking lot does not yet appear on maps, it does exist. The trailhead and forks along the way are very well marked, so following all signs for Skyridge Peak will keep you on course. As of May 2021 there is one unmarked fork near the top of the hill, where a new trail is currently under construction. Take a right here onto the steeper, more finished path in order to reach the peak.
A quiet trail that traverses an untouched hillside, Skyridge Peak is the decisive winner of best lake view award. The path itself is smooth and fairly free of trip hazards, which is lucky—the view over the Jordanelle Reservoir is so beautiful that you might not be able to take your eyes off it the whole way. The trail gains elevation consistently from start to finish, but the incline is mild and there are no steep sections to be found, making it a great option for all types and ages of hikers looking to conquer a local peak. With the exception of the first 0.5 miles, this trail is designated for hiking only. The signs don't make that designation isn't overly clear, however, so don't be surprised if you do see a biker or two. To experience a slightly different view on the return trip, follow the sign for Bunny Loop, a small detour which connects back to Skyridge before reaching the bottom. Unobstructed views like the ones this trail provides do come with a flip side, which is that there is absolutely no shade along the way. So bring plenty of water and don't forget the sunscreen!