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Big Cottonwood, Brighton Loop, Peak Link-up

Brighton and Solitude

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

A mixed scramble, hike, and trail running loop in Big Cottonwood Canyon featuring Brighton Resort's Major Peaks

Alpine Climbing Moderate

9.9 km
803 m
803 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.2 km
Big Cottonwood, Brighton Loop, Peak Link-up Map

Start at the base of the Millicent Chairlift at Brighton Resort and make your way up the service road to the top of the lift. From the top of the chairlift, head towards Mount Millicent by scrambling through scree-fields and rock fields until reaching the summit.


Next descend towards Mount Wolverine and cross the large field/sidehill and hop on the ridgeline. Here there is the option to go up to summit Wolverine.

From the ridgeline, head to the summit of Mount Tuscarora and then over to Catherines Pass/ Rocky Point area. Here there is a large trail intersection with multiple options. Take either Option 1 and descend to the Brighton base area via the well-trafficked Brighton Lake Mary/Lake Catherine Trail, or take Option 2 and head over to sunset peak, or take option 3 and drop into Alta Ski Area via Catherine's pass to Little Cottonwood.

If you continue straight toward Sunset Peak (Option 2), you will hike up a sandy trail towards Sunset Peak. After reaching Sunset Peak, head back the way you came. Once you hit the trail intersection in Catherines again, head down towards Lake Catherine and then down the well-trafficked trail to the base of Brighton Resort.



May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and October

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