Meridian Peak is a foothill in North Salt Lake that gives great views the Great Salt Lake and surrounding areas. It is perfect to hike in May and June when the hillsides are green and the wildflowers are blooming!
Tunnel Springs Trailhead
There is a paved lot and then a gravel lot to Tunnel Springs.
The trail begins at Tunnel Springs Park, which is popular with photographers. This time of year it has green grass, tall feathery phragmites and sweeping views of Salt Lake and the Great Salt Lake.
There are a few different routes to the top and it and it’s easy to make it a loop. You can see the tallest of the hills from near the trailhead and take any of the paths there eventually. This time I took the left path in the second photo, to head there first.
Follow the path up the hill, past a few smaller trees and shrubs.
Don’t forget to admire the view behind you! Do you see the little ridges on the hill in the picture? That is to reduce erosion.
Soon you get higher than the trees and it’s just a path up. Still remember to look behind you.
At the top of the hill there are great views all around!
Here are the views if you kept going on to other hills further back. From the cell towers you could look down on Ensign Peak.
I continued the loop heading southwest down.
At the bottom of the hill you can continue the path straight up over another hill and around back to the trailhead, or take the more direct route and turn right at the base of the hill. There were lots of wildflowers when I hiked it this May of 2023.
I also saw some birds, butterflies and this white-lined sphinx moth that looks a bit like a hummingbird.
Soon you get back down the hill to Tunnel Springs.
Stats: Distance – 2.5-3.0+ miles round trip (variable depending on route)
Approximate hiking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 803 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – trail of dirt, and rocks
Bathrooms – None
Seasons to hike – Year Round (spikes in winter)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes