Avenues Twin Peaks is a trail to foothills near The Avenues and the University of Utah that boasts springtime wildflowers and city views. This trail is sometimes called Avenue Twin Peaks.
Directions to Avenue Twin Peaks
This trail begins at the Terrace Hills Trailhead located at the east end of Terrace Hills Drive. There isn’t a designated parking lot, so please be courteous as you park. At the top of the circle is an entrance to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
The trail heads through the trees and soon you get to the start of the wildflowers and if you turn around you get views of the Salt Lake Valley.
There is an intersection you come to, but you will want to continue straight though. This area is popular with mountain bikers, but everyone was courteous about sharing the trail. Around the corner you will want to head up the hill. There is the option to head right instead at a lower elevation, but this trail will walk the ridgeline of these foothills.
You can look look up the hill to your right and see your destination, Avenues Twin Peaks (not to be confused with the Broads Fork Twin Peaks between Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons or the American Fork Twin Peaks between Little Cottonwood and American Fork Canyon which are both much larger). If you turn around you can see downtown Salt Lake City.
At the top of the hill you can look down over to the foothills behind.
The views from this area are stunning!
Follow the trail along the ridgeline heading south. The wildflowers during May and early June are spectacular!
There is primarily the yellow arrowhead balsamroot flowers, but there is quite a bit of variety.
There were also butterflies, hummingbirds, and a few other fun finds.
I also saw birds and heard them singing!
The wildflowers and views continue as you head up the hill.
At the top of this rise the trail heads west to summit the now little hills of Avenues Twin Peaks. Here are some of the views.
Here are a few of the views I could get with a zoom lens.
Here are a few more photos from the beautiful Avenues Twin Peaks hike!
Stats: Distance – 3.6 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 984 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks.
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year round (wildflowers peak in May and June, use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – none
Pets allowed – Yes