Upper Skyline Drive

This section of Skyline Drive extends from the top of Farmington Canyon, past Bountiful Peak and ending at the turnoff to Sessions Mountain above the Bountiful “B” in Bountiful, Utah. Beginning at the top of Farmington Canyon at the fork of Skyline Drive and Francis Peak Road, the road continues up past a gate that closes Upper Skyline Drive to motorized traffic from September through May. After about a half mile, there will be a fork in the road. Turn right (There is signage that makes this turn clear). There are a couple of spur roads in the next half mile but if you keep going straight, you will stay on Skyline.

On the way to Bountiful Peak, you will pass some incredible vistas as well as Farmington Lakes. These lakes are most notably home home to beaver and mountain newts and are full year round. Cyote, deer and Moose have been spotted in the area at times as well. Being on the northern slope of Bountiful Peak, this area is much more green and heavily forested than most other parts of Skyline Drive. You’ll encounter fir and aspen trees along this section providing quite a bit of shade during the day. In contrast, once you cross the ridgline of mountain to the west side, trees along the road are few and far between.

The wetern mountainside section of the road is characterized by loose rock, heavy erosion and sharp drops along the side. The road climbs until finally reaching its summit just below Bountiful Peak. This is the highest point of Skyline Drive and, on a clear day, provides spectacular views of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber and Tooele Counties. The road then runs downhill along the western face if the mountains for about 5 miles. Along the way there are several blind curves as the road hugs the mountain. While the road is used heavily by ATVs and motorcycles, larger vehicles also frequent the route. The road here is very narrow and the blind curves and sharp drops make the road hazardous to drivers so always be courteous of large vehicles along the way. There is a turnoff about 3 miles away from Bountiful Peak that leads to a campground. This area is nice for a break but requires some steep climbing to get back to the road no matter which direction you are riding on Skyline.

At about 5 miles from Bountiful Peak the road splits with the Southbound branch being the Sessions Mountain Road. The Westbound branch is the rest of Skyline Drive and will take you down to the parking lot just below the Bountiful “B” after about 8 miles.

The upper section of Skyline Drive is easily accessed via the top of Farmington Canyon or from above Bountiful “B” by Sessions Mountain Road. There is adequate room for parking at both locations or, for some extra calorie burning, you can huff it up the mountain and skip the driving. Either way, this section of road provides a great escape from the summertime valley heat as well as an awesome high-elevation workout.

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