View Benchmark is located in Draper Utah. Everyone knows where “Point of the Mountain” is located on I-15. This would be the mountain with the point. Because of it’s strategic location on the border between Utah and Salt Lake Counties, and that it is removed from the Wasatch Front peaks, the views are excellent.
From the signs where you park, hike up the road to a split where an old road cuts back sharply uphill. You have the option of staying on the nice new road or taking this old road up which I believe is quicker. Both roads merge back together about halfway up the mountain. Continue following roads towards the visible summit. The new road will end and the final ridge to the top is an old road. On top is a triangulation marker similar to the ones on many other peaks in the region.
Distance: 1.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Summit Elevation: 6,682 feet
Access rating: Level 1
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From the north, take the Bangerter exit of I-15. Cross over the freeway and follow the Bangerter extension (becoming Traverse Ridge Road) road until you are at the top in the Suncrest Development. Take a left at the intersection on Deer Ridge Drive. Follow this until it becomes gravel. This area is still being developed so its likely things will change.
You can also access Suncrest taking the Alpine Exit #284 onto Hwy 92. Follow 92 east a few miles looking for Highland Blvd. on the left. At the top, I parked where I show on the map, a few minutes up the dirt/gravel road, at a pass with signs saying no motor vehicles beyond this point. Although the road does continue, there are threatening signs saying you will be fined for trespass if caught. If construction resumes in this area, weekend evenings would probably be the best time to hike here.
Suncrest Development and Lone Peak
Looking North to Salt Lake City
Kids on top
Looking NW to the Oquirrh Mtns and South Salt Lake County
Looking south and west
Enjoying the view
View Benchmark from Highway 92
Looking south into Utah County
Box Elder Peak and Mount Timpanogos from View Benchmark