Utah Wilderness Association
The United States Congress designated the Twin Peaks Wilderness (map
) in 1984 and it now has a total of 11,432 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Utah
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Twin Peaks Wilderness forms a part of the dramatic backdrop you see on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley, southeast of Salt Lake City. Originally carved by glaciation and currently remodeled by erosion, this area consists of narrow canyons and high peaks (including Twin Peaks, Superior Peak, and Dromedary Peak) that combine to form a rugged and spectacular display. Elevations range from just under 5,000 feet to 11,319 feet on Twin Peaks. Much of the higher terrain is classified as alpine and characterized by large cirque basins and exposed rocky ridges.
Dense mountain brush mixed with oak/maple and grass dominates the vegetation at lower elevations. There are scattered stands of firs and aspen in the mid to higher elevations. Temperatures with a 50-degree difference between summer highs and lows can occur. Snow can remain in some parts of the wilderness until midsummer.
State Route 190 follows Big Cottonwood Creek along the northern boundary and separates this Wilderness from Mount Olympus Wilderness to the north. State Route 210 follows Little Cottonwood Creek along the southern boundary and stands between Twin Peaks and Lone Peak Wilderness to the south. The canyons of both these creeks are highly scenic, and you'll find trailheads along both routes. Trails are often steep and strenuous. Trails are limited as the Twin Peaks Wilderness has only 5 system trails totaling approximately 10 miles. Crowds of people can be common on these trails, especially on weekends. Use is primarily day-use, although there is some overnight backpacking opportunities in the Lake Blanche area. The wilderness is within the Salt Lake City Watershed and has restrictions on dogs, horses and swimming.