Guidebook

Escape Salt Lake City: Top Cottonwood Canyons Hikes

Explore the Cottonwood Canyons area for stunning scenery and impressive rock formations.

Description

If you venture just 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, you’ll come across the Cottonwood Canyons. The Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons offer a quieter respite from summer’s typically overflowing campsites and overpriced hotels.

Located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the area around the canyons offers all types of hikes – from gentle stream crossings to moderate hikes through aspen groves to scenic hikes with 2,700 feet of elevation gain.

Sources:
https://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/bighikingtrails.html
https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8015884/big-cottonwood-canyon
https://www.sunset.com/travel/rockies/salt-lake-city-utah-cottonwood-canyons/

Mount Superior
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Mount Superior

Salt Lake City
7.5 km764 m764 m
The most iconic and well-known peak in the Wasatch Mountains.
Severe
Private
Bells Canyon
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Bells Canyon

Salt Lake City
12.3 km1,145 m1,145 m
Bells Canyon is a very steep, long trail that takes you past beautiful waterfalls and into the rugged heart of the Wasatch Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Wasatch Backcountry
5.6 km402 m0 m
This 7 mile out and back trail covers moderate ground as it climbs along the creek for 1,700 feet.
Moderate
Private
White Pine

White Pine

Salt Lake City
8.0 km790 m78 m
White Pine trail is a classic moderate hike that follows an old jeep road high up into the central Wasatch to enjoy a quiet pristine lake in the rugged alpine landscape
Moderate
Private
Pfeifferhorn
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Pfeifferhorn

Wasatch Backcountry
5.8 km1,019 m26 m
This is a strenuous, but classic hike that contains a mix of shaded forrest and high alpine environments.
Extreme
Private
Twin Peaks via Broad Forks Trail
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Twin Peaks via Broad Forks Trail

Salt Lake City
13.3 km1,575 m1,575 m
The mighty Twin Peaks are the most visible and prominent mountains in the Wasatch front.
Extreme
Private
Mill B South
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Mill B South

Salt Lake City
9.8 km809 m809 m
This is a moderate hike that gains access to one of the most scenic lakes in the Wasatch.
Difficult
Private
Mineral Fork

Mineral Fork

Wasatch Backcountry
7.4 km1,051 m4 m
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.
Moderate
Private
Dog Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Dog Lake (Big Cottonwood Canyon)

Wasatch Backcountry
3.8 km441 m0 m
This is a short and moderate hike to one of the most popular lakes in the Wasatch through a nice wooded canyon.
Moderate
Private
Desolation Lake

Desolation Lake

Salt Lake City
5.5 km598 m17 m
This is a lovely moderate hike through some large aspen groves reaching a quiet little lake.
Moderate
Private