Distance: ~2 miles round-trip
Elevation: 7784' to 8085'
Estimate hiking time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Dogs: not allowed
Route: The Sultan Out and Back trail is a relatively short, easy hike located in the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley. Unlike most of Deer Valley's mountain bike dominated trails, the Sultan Out and Back trail is reserved for foot-traffic. The easy grade of the trail makes it a manageable excursion for families with small children. Access the trail by heading east past the Practice and Nabob Loop, passing the bottom of the Silver Lake Express chairlift to get onto the McHenry ski run. Continue on for a short distance until you see the Sultan Out and Back trail sign posted to the right.
Along its course, the Sultan Out and Back trail winds along the ridgeline of the mountain, passing alternately through dense forests full of aspen and pine, grassy meadows, and wide open ski runs waiting for winter. After the initial stint in the forest, the trail contours the broad hillside and open up, giving you excellent views of the Jordanelle Reservoir in the distance.
During the summer, you'll find the trail full of wildflowers and bright green while fall hikers will be treated to aspens crowned in golden foliage. The Sultan Out and Back is also frequented by a number of animals so keep a lookout for wildlife, including moose, deer, and marmots. After 45 minutes to an hour, you should get to the end of the trail where you'll find a scenic deck with several picnic tables. This is a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy a well-deserved picnic lunch while soaking up the views. (Our recommendations for packing a perfect picnic can be found here).
Although it is possible to make Sultan Out and Back a loop by following the trail past the scenic deck and heading onto the Sultan Connection road, we recommend retracing your steps to get back. The Sultan Connection is, first and foremost a service road, meaning you'll trade the beautiful vistas and gentle walk for an exposed road with a number of steep uphills.
Note: the Sultan Out and Back trail is also used for horseback riding (read: there will be horse poop on the trail).