Little Cottonwood Creek Trail #001
ElevationAscent: 1,218' 371 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,655' 2,029 m
Low: 5,437' 1,657 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A nice, steady incline following Little Cottonwood Creek.”— Tomsen Reed
The trail starts out as a wide, pretty smooth doubletrack that makes the first mile or so a nice section (going up and especially coming down). After a little over half a mile, the trail passes through the Wasatch Resort properties, so you have to run a little bit on a paved road. At this point, where the trail goes up onto the paved road, stay to the left on the paved portion, but then after that take your first right onto the dirt road that goes past a power plant and associated structures built on the creek. Stay on the dirt road, pass the power plant on the left through an opening in a gate, and then the trail should be pretty easy to follow from there.
After about a mile, the trail crosses the creek, which in springtime (May, June) can be a spectacular sight, as all the runoff from Little Cottonwood Canyon channels through this raging creek. At other times of the year, it can be less impressive, but this is still a nice spot to take a look around and enjoy the scenery. After this creek crossing, the trail starts to get a little steeper, and a bit more rocky, but it's still pretty manageable and is good for running. This portion runs through a more forested section, which is at times away from the creek, but there are still cool things to see along the way, like enormous granite boulders and ruins of old buildings. After two miles, the trail crosses over a small tributary stream on a fun little footbridge, and then continues through a nice, smooth section that's really fun for running on the way down.
After about 2.5 miles, the trail crosses the creek again, and this is another fun spot to stop and enjoy the power and beauty of the creek. About a half mile after that the trail splits, with a spur trail heading up to the left, which ends up at a parking area off the side of the highway, and the main Little Cottonwood Creek Trail heading to the right. Pretty soon the trail goes around a locked gate and continues up along the creek, past some old remnants of old power-generating structures alongside the creekm, until the official trail ends across the creek from the remnants of an old building associated with the power-generating activities.
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Land Manager: USFS - Uinta, Wasatch & Cache National Forests Office
Sep 6, 2019: Snoqualmie Fire September 7, 2019 Update