Mineral Fork

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

The Mineral Fork trail is a good moderate hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It follows an old mining road through the woods and into the high alpine.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
7.4 km
Ascent
1.1 km
Descent
4 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
10˚
Mineral Fork Map

The Mineral Fork trail is a moderate hike along an old mining road with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain in 9 miles round trip. It starts with some switchbacks through the woods and opens up into a very rocky and rugged canyon with a rich mining history. The upper trail/road is on very loose shale and ends in a small filled in mining site. There is a saddle that can be reached with a little more effort that offers nice views to the west.

Difficulty

Moderate

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

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