Deseret Peak is about 30 miles west of Salt Lake City. It is a moutain of 11,031 feet in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It's a great half-day moutain climbing trip away from Salt Lake City. After driving up to the camping area parking lot (at 7,600 feet), it is only about a 3 hour hike to the peak (6 hrs round trip, but you should spend some time at the peak), where you can get beathtaking views of the Great Salt Lake, the mountains west of Salt Lake City (Oquirrah Mountains), as well as the salt flats of Western Utah. The path is well marked and except for a steep, snowy area near the peak that you need to be careful with, the hike is not that bad. I'm an amateur when it comes to hiking, and even I didn't think that it was too bad. Though it is rated as a moderately difficult hike, with a 3,400 feet climb in a four mile hike.
Not only is the peak beautiful, but you also go through wooded areas, and flowered valleys as you make your way to the peak. It is probably best to go during the middle of summer (I went in late June), because there is still snow on the peak. Also make sure you take water, because the temperature could get pretty high in the summer.
lots of rock climbing all over the state. there are too many choices to describe even a few of them. My best advice for a visiting rock climber is to visit the local rock gyms, REI or other outdoor store and ask locals for info. the internet has some info too if you search rock climbing data bases. guide books that one would buy at REI or other store are very helpful even to locals.
Get outside and hike!
Every level of hiker can find somewhere to hike. If you can't walk very well I suggest taking the tram at Snowbird to the top of hidden peak, from there you have a spectacular view of the surounding mountains.
For a great day hike I would suggest Mt. Olympus which only takes a couple of hours to hike.
A hike is just minutes from downtown Salt Lake
Behind the Capitol is a small hill. From a small park at the foot of the hill is a short but steep hike to the top. It is a great place to see the valley and the Great Salt Lake