Alexander Basin Trail

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Elevation gain: 1,300 feet
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Overall: 8
  • Reference: North-central Utah, just east of Salt Lake City, in a non-wilderness intrusion into the east side of the Mount Olympus Wilderness.
  • User groups: Hikers, dogs. No wheelchair access.
  • Permits: No permits are required. Parking and access are free.


From Wasatch Boulevard in Salt Lake City, drive east on 3800 South into Mill Creek Canyon for a total of about 8.5 miles to the trailhead on the south side of the road.


Trails Illustrated's Wasatch Front/Strawberry Valley. For a USGS topographic map, ask for Mount Aire.


Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84121; (801) 943-1794.

Trail notes

Alexander Basin is a lovely alpine basin with a trailhead just a few minutes drive from Salt Lake City. The trail is well maintained, and the going rates as relatively easy for anyone experiencing a brief brush with fitness. From the trailhead, parallel the road for a couple of hundred feet, then turn southwest and begin to ascend. The switchbacks are well laid out, and not too demanding. At about a mile, at a junction of trails, you've reached the edge of the basin, but keep going ahead about a half mile more to reach the silent heart of Alexander Basin.

Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.

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