I met Jessie at the airport this summer and we’ve recently become hiking buddies. We did Kessler with stunning views of snow-dusted, soon before a much heavier snowfall. Perfect weather and perfect timing.
This hike is a strenuous 4.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,926 ft. And it’s once of those peaks where you think you reach the top, but then you notice another, slightly higher peak. Then another, and another, until finally…Kessler Peak. It took us about 5-6 hours round-trip, although we hung out for quite a while at the summit.
The trailhead is about a 9 mile drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City. Turn right at Jordan Pines Picnic area to a dirt road and drive to a parking lot at the trailhead for Donut Falls.
There are a few different trails for Kessler, and we unintentionally ended up coming down on a different one that what we started! The side trails are past a small bridge, up a small dirt 4×4 road.