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Jack's Mountain

Salt Lake City·Updated
Distance
2.6 mi
Elevation Gain
1,325 ft
Route
Loop
Leash laws
On-leash

In 1995, a family grieving the loss of their 21-month-old boy, Jack Edwards, climbed a prominent peak in the foothills of Salt Lake City, where they spread their boy's ashes. Their son had died from leukemia.

In the spot where the family spread Jack's ashes, they left a mailbox monument with a letter encouraging others to write a little note. Over the years, people all over the world filled that mailbox with thousands of journal entries of grief and triumph, and the peak became known as Jack's Mountain. In early 2022, the memorial and journal entries mysteriously disappeared, but the monument has since been replaced.

With over 1,300 feet of elevation gain in just over 1.5 miles, this trail is an excellent workout for humans and dogs. Due to its steepness, hiking poles are recommended. In addition to the memorial, you'll see fantastic views of Salt Lake Valley at the top.

Getting there

Head east on 2100 S. The road eventually becomes Hyland Hills Road. Turn left on Lakeline Drive and drive to the end of the road. Park along the street before reaching the cul de sac.

Conditions

Now

41°
High: 41° Low: 34°

Thu

40°/30°

Fri

42°/29°

Sat

46°/32°

Sun

50°/36°

US Air Quality Index (AQI)

26 AQI

Route

What you'll see

Jack's Mountain trailhead with trail signs next to it.
The trailhead.
Beginning of Jack's Mountain trail with a view of Salt Lake Valley in the background.
The trail is nice and wide at the beginning.
Jack's Mountain trail junction with H rock.
Take the trail to the right that ascends to the graffitied "H" rock.
View of "H" rock from Jack's Mountain trail.
The trail passes "H" rock.
Golden retriever lies in snow along Jack's Mountain trail.
The trail can feel unrelentingly steep so make sure you stop for snow breaks in the winter!
Cell tower along Jack's Mountain trail.
The cell tower marks a false summit. The real summit is the next peak in the background.
View of the final ascent of Jack's Mountain trail with a man hiking up a steep trail.
The final ascent. It's harder than it looks!
Jack's Mountain mailbox at the summit.
The mailbox at the summit.
Summit of Jack's Mountain with mountains in the background.
Summit of Jack's Mountain with Golden Retriever smiling in foreground.
At the top! Notice Jack's mailbox to the left perched up on the rocks.
View of trail back down from Jack's Mountain that makes the route into a loop.
After returning to the cell tower on the way down, you can take the trail that stays left of the ridge to form a loop back to the trailhead.