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Gems in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 1

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

Lake Blanche

(33) Alta, UT

Recommended Routes in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 7

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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 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 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 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 Desolation Lake in the morning light, from an adjacent meadow
Intermediate

Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

8.5 mi 13.6 km 2,133' Up 650.01 m Up 2,145' Down 653.89 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite View from Butler Fork trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Butler Fork

3.3 mi 5.3 km 1,486' Up 452.87 m Up 1,485' Down 452.72 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

Big Cottonwood Canyon Running

  • 108 Miles 174 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 19 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 25

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12.2 mi 19.6 km #1Wasatch Crest
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #2Silver Lake Loop
Easy
Alta, UT
Easy
Alta, UT
1.8 mi 2.9 km #3Kessler Peak North Route
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #4Lake Mary Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT 16 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Brighton Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km #6Mill B North Fork Trail
Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Mt. Superior Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Lake Solitude Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
4.0 mi 6.4 km #9The Triple Traverse Route
Very Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Very Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10Willow Heights Trail
Intermediate
Brighton, UT
Intermediate
Brighton, UT 10 

Photos of Big Cottonwood Canyon - 109

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Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Iconic view from Lake Blanche (Early May)
May 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
View of Broad's Fork Twin Peaks, Sunrise and Dromedary from Mill B trail.
Aug 3, 2019 near Mount O…, UT
Lake Blanche in late spring.
Jun 13, 2017 near Alta, UT
Donut Falls
Jan 22, 2016 near Alta, UT
Willow Lake
Sep 8, 2020 near Brighton, UT
Lake Blanche
Aug 25, 2020 near Alta, UT
Lake Blanche
Jun 1, 2020 near Alta, UT