Alien Tower Hike: Draper, UT
Updated: Jun 16, 2020
The Alien Tower hike leads to the top of a small peak with an old a-frame, metal structure and amazing 360 degree views of the Wasatch Mountains and valleys below. It is a dog and family-friendly out-and-back hike, that gains 538 feet over 2.5 miles, and is well worth the trek.
Fun: ⭐⭐⭐ (out of 5)
Difficulty: Very Easy Easy MODERATE Hard Very Hard
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 538 ft
Terrain: Dirt, rock, exposed trail
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
When to Go: Spring, summer, fall
There is a single port-a-pottie at the trail-head. The closest gas station is a Chevron, 4.5 miles from the trail-head on Highland Drive in Draper, UT.
There is a water fountain at Maple Trailhead Park, which is only on during the summer months.
THINGS TO BRING
Sunscreen (exposed trail)
A dog and a leash, if you have one
The Alien Tower hike begins from a small parking area at the end of Deer Ridge Drive in Draper, Utah. If there is not enough parking near the trail head, Maple Trailhead Park is directly adjacent on the north side and has a few parking stalls as well.
There is a chain blocking the large trail to restrict motorized vehicles from entering. This is where the hike begins.
There is a trail that connects Maple Trailhead Park to the Alien Tower Trailhead if you park there or you can just walk from the park to the Alien Tower Trail via the sidewalk.
There are two main route options to get to the alien tower but they begin from the same place. After a few minutes on the main trail there is a trail to the left that heads south. We followed this route, however you can continue on the main trail where the off leash dog area. Each route leads to the alien tower.
There are a few different trails that emerge from the trail that we followed but they do all end up coming back to the trail that takes you to the Alien Tower. The off leash dog area and the most direct route merge together before the final ascent to Alien Tower.
We enjoyed coming up with stories about aliens and what the alien tower might be used for. There is a twin alien tower on the top of Lake Mountain, near Saratoga Springs and maybe aliens use the two towers for communication. ;)
The alien tower is a-frame metal structure and marks the turn-around point at the top for the hike. We took a break there for a snack and enjoyed the views pointing out landmarks that we know.
The views at the top are breathtaking of Utah and Salt Lake Counties, as well as the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake. The views of Mount Timpanogos and several other mountain tops create a beautiful back-drop. This would be an amazing sunset hike. We hiked mid-day in April.
The distance and climb make it a great hike for families. It is not too short and not too steep, but there was still enough climbing to get couple minor complaints from our youngest daughter. According to my GPS, the hike was closer to 2.8 miles. There are not any trail markers along the way so you can follow the All Trails Route here.
Dogs are allowed on this trail and there is a specific area where dogs are allowed off leash that is well marked. There was a lot of dog waste along the path. Please clean up after your dog if you bring one.
PROS & CONS
Great for families
Fun destination - Alien tower
Lots of dog poo
Can be a busy trail with people, dogs and mountain bikers
The trailhead is officially called Deer Ridge Offleash Dog Trailhead on google maps, but there is not a sign that calls the trailhead this. The address is 1455 Deer Ridge Dr, Draper, UT 84020. Type Deer Ridge Offleash Dog Trailhead in google maps or the exact address to get you to the starting point.
We pulled up the map from All Trails to get directions to the trail head and follow the actual trail to make sure we were going the most direct route.
There are a few different ways to get to the alien tower, we took the most direct route taking a left at the first fork in the road. You can make this hike slightly longer by adding in a loop.
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Rocky Mouth Waterfall (20 minutes)
Draper Suspension Bridge (15 minutes)
Horsetail Falls (20 minutes)
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