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

Mount Superior

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

Bells Canyon

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

Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Salt Lake City
7.2 km
This 7 mile out and back trail covers moderate ground as it climbs along the creek for 1,700 feet.
Private
White Pine

White Pine

Salt Lake City
16.3 km
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
Private
Pfeifferhorn

Pfeifferhorn

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

Twin Peaks via Broad Forks Trail

Salt Lake City
13.3 km
The mighty Twin Peaks are the most visible and prominent mountains in the Wasatch front.
Private
Mill B South

Mill B South

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

Mineral Fork

Salt Lake City
7.4 km
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.
Private
Dog Lake

Dog Lake

Salt Lake City
7.6 km
This is a short, moderate hike to one of the most popular lakes in the Wasatch through a nice wooded canyon.
Private
Desolation Lake

Desolation Lake

Salt Lake City
12.1 km
This is a lovely moderate hike through some large aspen groves reaching a quiet little lake.
Private