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61 mi 99 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 19 Trails Hard Trails 7 Trails
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gem Favorite Sundial peak from the shores of Blanche Lake - stunning...

Lake Blanche

(26) 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

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 View from Butler Fork trail
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 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 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

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
4.0 mi 6.4 km #2The Triple Traverse Route
Very Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Very Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Silver Lake Loop
Easy
Alta, UT
Easy
Alta, UT
1.8 mi 2.9 km #4Kessler Peak North Route
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Brighton Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #6Mt. Superior Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km #7Mill B North Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #8Lake Solitude Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #9Lake Mary Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT 14 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10Willow Heights Trail
Intermediate
Brighton, UT
Intermediate
Brighton, UT
4.5 mi 7.2 km #11Bowman Fork Trail #007
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Olympus, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Olympus, UT
1.9 mi 3.0 km #12Mill D North Fork Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #13Broads Fork Trail #055
Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
3.5 mi 5.6 km #14Cardiff Fork via Mill D South
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.2 mi 2.0 km #15Scott's Bypass
Intermediate
Park City, UT
Intermediate
Park City, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #16Silver Fork Trail #1169
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #17Butler Fork Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
1.2 mi 2.0 km #18Mill A Basin Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
0.9 mi 1.4 km #19Twin Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.2 mi 1.9 km #20Jupiter Peak Road
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
5.2 mi 8.4 km #21Mineral Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #22Little Water Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
0.8 mi 1.2 km #23Desolation Lake Trail
Easy
Snyderville, UT
Easy
Snyderville, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #24Mill D Trail Alternate
Easy/Intermediate
Alta, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Alta, UT
0.3 mi 0.5 km #25Mine Trail
Easy
Brighton, UT
Easy
Brighton, UT

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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
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
Along Mill B trail
Aug 3, 2019 near Cottonw…, UT