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gem Favorite Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...

Lake Blanche

(36) Alta, UT

Recommended Routes in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 10

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Favorite Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...
Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Blanche Trail

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,592' Up 790.06 m Up 2,592' Down 790.15 m Down

Cottonw…, UT
Favorite Top of Baldy
Very Difficult

Discrete Cirque Series - Alta, UT

7.1 mi 11.4 km 2,469' Up 752.57 m Up 2,495' Down 760.4 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite A view across Little Cottonwood Canyon, looking up Hogum Fork to the ridge near Lone Peak and the Pfeifferhorn. It's hard not to feel small when peeking at the shoulders of these giants!
Very Difficult

Broads Fork Twin Peaks

9.6 mi 15.4 km 5,325' Up 1622.93 m Up 5,324' Down 1622.68 m Down

Cottonw…, UT
Favorite Donut Falls
Intermediate

Donut Falls Trail

1.5 mi 2.4 km 417' Up 127.15 m Up 416' Down 126.94 m Down

Cottonw…, UT
Favorite Desolation Lake in the morning light, from an adjacent meadow
Intermediate

Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

8.6 mi 13.8 km 2,098' Up 639.5 m Up 2,112' Down 643.72 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Sunrise on Catherine Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Alta-Brighton Loop

8.6 mi 13.8 km 2,297' Up 700.24 m Up 2,319' Down 706.93 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Sunrise from Catherine Pass.
Difficult

Iron Cowboy Triathlon Run Course

11.0 mi 17.7 km 3,153' Up 961.11 m Up 3,151' Down 960.29 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Sunrise from Catherine Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Brighton Lakes to Sunset Peak

6.1 mi 9.9 km 1,837' Up 559.87 m Up 1,833' Down 558.78 m Down

Brighton, UT
Favorite Mountain scene.
Intermediate/Difficult

Prince of Wales Mine

4.4 mi 7.0 km 1,270' Up 387.1 m Up 1,271' Down 387.25 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Desolation Lake in the morning light, from an adjacent meadow
Intermediate/Difficult

Deso-Crest-Dog Loop

12.9 mi 20.8 km 2,770' Up 844.37 m Up 2,769' Down 843.89 m Down

Alta, UT

Big Cottonwood Canyon Running

  • 142 Miles 228 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 21 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 28

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0.9 mi 1.5 km #1Silver Lake Loop
Easy
Alta, UT
Easy
Alta, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #2Lake Mary Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT 16 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #3Twin Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #4Lake Solitude Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Brighton Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #6Cardiff Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.6 km #7Willow Heights Trail
Intermediate
Brighton, UT
Intermediate
Brighton, UT 10 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #8Collins Gulch Road
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
1.5 mi 2.4 km #9Upper Albion Meadows Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.9 mi 4.6 km #10Albion Basin Summer Road
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT

Photos of Big Cottonwood Canyon - 123

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Iconic view from Lake Blanche (Early May)
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
Donut Falls
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche in late spring.
Jun 13, 2017 near Alta, UT
View of Broad's Fork Twin Peaks, Sunrise and Dromedary from Mill B trail.
Aug 3, 2019 near Mount O…, UT
View from the trail
Jun 29, 2022 near Alta, UT
The Donut
Jul 6, 2022 near Alta, UT
View from the trail.
Jul 6, 2022 near Alta, UT