Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

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

Hiking Moderate

Distance
7.2 km
Ascent
542 m
Descent
10 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
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Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail Map

Description

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.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

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