Sardine Peak Loop

2 reviews #466 hike out of 842 in
7.5 mi
4 hrs 7 min
1,178 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate loop trail to Sardine Peak in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

This trail goes by Old Maple Campground.

This trail is shared extensively with hikers and mountain bikers. If you bike it, please warn others along the trail of your presence, and if you are hiking, listen and watch for bikers.

Much of the trail has available shade. There are a few (but not many) places to rest on logs or rocks along the edge of the trail.

When you reach Sardine Peak (there is no trail to the very top), you can take an alternate trail around the north side of the peak. This is one of the best parts of the trail. Another short excursion off the trail goes down to Breeze Arch (this trail is short but steep), a narrow and tall, rocky arch, also highly recommended.

Getting Started

Park in the furthest north and west parking lot at Snowbasin ski resort. Take the wide trail that goes almost directly north out of the northwest end of the parking lot toward Old Maple Campground. When you get to the first fork, you can choose to go either clockwise or counterclockwise around the loop.

It is also possible to connect to this trail hiking west out of Art Nord trailhead. This will lengthen the hike by about six miles.

Taking Children

This is a long hike, but it is not steep. Younger children who can walk a long way will likely do fine. The trail is almost exclusively smooth singletrack with very few rocky parts. The side trail down to Breeze Arch is short but quite steep and children will need help going both directions.

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Pat 7 years, 7 months ago
Overlook trail to Sardine Peak and back tonSnow Basin parking lot
Erlene, Connie, Cathy, Sally and I July 16, 2016. To overlook and Sardine from snow basin.
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