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Little Cottonwood Trail



5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable


Ascent: 1,567' 478 m
Descent: -430' -131 m
High: 6,907' 2,105 m
Low: 5,509' 1,679 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)


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Trail shared by Tomsen Reed

A splendid trail through high meadows with great views of Logan Canyon and the Bear River Range.

Tomsen Reed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Starting from the Right Hand Fork trailhead parking lot, you can run back down the road a few hundred feet until you get to the corral. Stay to the right of the corral and go through the gate to start up the trail. The trail starts out at a pretty steady climbing grade as it climbs up and crosses a dry creek bed and ascends out of the trees into a vast meadow with rolling hills. At this point, the trail turns into a doubletrack, passes a few water troughs for livestock, and continues climbing the road. If you get here at the right time of morning the sun shines beautifully on the dew that settles on the grasses here, which creates a gorgeous picture.

As you continue you'll reach a high point and start descending to another watering hole (which is quite disgusting later on in the year after the cows have all gotten to it). Pass it and start to ascend. As you do, you'll come to a gate and then continue up and around a hill. As you continue you should be able to see into a vast basin with forested hills in the background and grassy fields below. From here, you can see Mount Beirdneau and to the south of that is the mouth of Logan Canyon.

As you continue along the trail, you'll hit the main high point of the trail as you ascend through a small grove of aspens. After this, the trail switches back a couple of times as you descend back into the meadows and around to the head of the Willow Creek drainage, where the trail meets up with the Temple Fork Road.

Flora & Fauna

There are deer, several kinds of birds including some raptors, plenty of sagebrush, and some wildflowers if you arrive early enough in the season.

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6 Views Last Month
349 Since Aug 12, 2015



A view of the aspen grove near the high point of the route, as well as some inclined cliffs and peaks in the background.
Aug 12, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A view of the hills and cliffs that surround the area
Aug 12, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A view of the meadows and woods that surround the trail
Aug 12, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT
A picture of the trail as it winds through an open valley filled with grasses and sagebrush as the sun rises over it.
Aug 12, 2015 near Hyde Park, UT


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