This is the Place: Pioneer Peak on Pioneer Day

July 25, 2009 at 7:37 am 2 comments

Friday, July 24th – were you at work? I wasn’t. Here in Utah we get a day off every July 24th to celebrate Pioneer Day. It commemorates the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley way back in 1847. I was joined by wimpy for a commemoration of the commemoration with a hike up – what else? – Pioneer Peak.

Pioneer Peak

Pioneer Peak lies on the ridge just above Brighton Ski Resort. We chose to approach the peak from Albion Basin in the Alta Ski Resort. A pleasant 1.5 mile, 800 ft. vertical hike brought us to Catherine Pass. With a hard right at the pass we began our ascent of Sunset Peak. We traversed Sunset on our way to Pioneer Peak. On the way we got a great view of the lakes around Brighton.

Lake Mary

A short, but steep, hike up a rocky slope brought us to the summit of Pioneer Peak. Did we bring along Cheeseburgers? Absolutely!

The Mighty Cheeseburger

The summit provided some great views of Mount Timpanogos in the distance.

Mount Timapanogos

For our return we tried to drop down into the Catherine Lake Basin, but the slopes were too steep. We just backtracked our route to the car to complete a beautiful morning hike. Have a great Pioneer Day weekend!

Pioneer Peak, UT – sirloinofbeef


Entry filed under: Utah Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. samh  |  July 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    The mountains are nearly all snow-free. The summits continue!

  • 2. Sunset Peak « Summit Cheeseburger  |  August 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    […] 3, 2009 July 26, 2009-Having just visited Catherine Pass on Pioneer Day (July 24th), SirLoinofBeef and I realized that it would make a great family hike.  We quickly […]


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