AKA Peak 420 : 10,420 Feet
Salt Lake City, Utah
Park City, Utah
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountain State Park
420 Peak is one of the easiest peaks to hike (That is over 9,500 feet tall) in the Central Wasatch. You can easily climb up to Peak 420 from Guardsmans Pass. Just climb up the tree covered hill to the south toward Brighton Ski Resort. There is a clear trail, though it is pretty steep, compared to most of the mountains this high in the Wasatch, it is very short; maybe half a mile or so. Once to the top of Peak 10,420, you can easily continue to Clayton Peak to the south.
From the top, you will have views of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood Ridge, Mount Timpanogos, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, Bloods Lake, Silver Lake, Park City, and Heber City.
To get there:
Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon until you almost reach Brighton Ski Resort. You will see a road that turns sharply to the left with a sign on the right that says Guardsmans Pass Road. This Road is closed all winter. Turn up this road, it switchbacks up the Wasatch Crest until it reaches an open overlook with views of Park City, Midway and Heber. There are usually lots of people parked at the overlook, most of them are just going to stay in their cars, the rest are hiking to Clayton peak or riding their mountain bikes down the famous Wasatch Crest Trail.
This is an excellent place to watch the sunrise or sunset.
The last sliver of light descends toward the horizon.
Two of my friends (Tom and Robert) stayed the night on Sugarloaf peak,
they said it was too dark to hike down.
Thanks to Bob and Micah