This 7 mile out and back trail covers moderate ground as it climbs along the creek for 1,700 feet.


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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


The Little Cottonwood trail is a moderate 7 miles of rocky road that runs along the creek through some nice, shady woods.

From the parking lot, it follows some open doubletrack that then turns into a rocky old jeep road.

There are several stream crossings using well-built bridges.

This trail sees a ton of traffic, including mountain bikes, so stay alert for the downhill traffic.

The trailhead is at the base of the Little Cottonwood Canyon on the south side of the road.

Follow the trail to the east as it heads up canyon along a dirt road.

The road hits a short section of pavement as it works through the Wasatch Estates neighborhood.

Stay left and then take the first right towards the large water treatment plant.

Just left of this is a gate.

Go through the gate and you'll be back on the dirt trail.

This is a well-traveled and well-beaten path that maintains a nice steady grade for the entire 7 miles until it terminates at a small opening right on the river.

There is a cool old mining structure across the creek.