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46 mi 74 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 1 Trail Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 8 Trails

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Recommended Routes in Little Cottonwood Canyon - 6

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Favorite After turning off the dirt road, you'll be greeted with an awesome view.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bells Canyon Lower Waterfall

5.3 mi 8.6 km 1,430' Up 435.98 m Up 1,430' Down 435.84 m Down

Granite, UT
Favorite Looking at the final ascent to the peak.
Difficult

Pfeifferhorn

9.6 mi 15.5 km 3,596' Up 1095.95 m Up 3,595' Down 1095.87 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Sunrise on Catherine Pass.
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 In Bloom
Difficult

Devil's Castle/Sugarloaf via Cecret Lake

4.2 mi 6.8 km 1,759' Up 536.02 m Up 1,758' Down 535.75 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite In bloom
Intermediate

Cecret Lake Interpretive Trail

1.7 mi 2.7 km 455' Up 138.78 m Up 455' Down 138.67 m Down

Alta, UT
Favorite Lower Bell Canyon Reservoir
Intermediate

Quick Bell Canyon Loop

2.2 mi 3.5 km 426' Up 129.95 m Up 445' Down 135.6 m Down

Granite, UT

Trails in Little Cottonwood Canyon - 22

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Bells Canyon Trail
Difficult
Granite, UT
Difficult
Granite, UT 17 
5.2 mi 8.4 km #2White Pine Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT 14 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #3Red Pine Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT 16 
1.1 mi 1.7 km #4Devil's Castle Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
1.6 mi 2.6 km #5Catherine's Pass
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
0.6 mi 0.9 km #6Mt. Wolverine Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
1.2 mi 1.9 km #7Maybird Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #8Mt. Superior Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
0.6 mi 1.0 km #9Lower Red Pine Lake Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #10Pfeifferhorn East Ridge Approach
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
0.2 mi 0.4 km #11Sugarloaf Mountain East Access
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #12Cardiff Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #13Baby Thunder Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
0.8 mi 1.2 km #14White Pine-Snowbird Link
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
1.1 mi 1.8 km #15Devil's Castle Loop
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
3.4 mi 5.4 km #16Little Cottonwood Creek Trail #001
Easy/Intermediate
Granite, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Granite, UT
3.1 mi 4.9 km #17Twin Lakes Pass Trail #027
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
1.5 mi 2.4 km #18Upper Albion Meadows Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
3.7 mi 6.0 km #19Peruvian Gulch Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT
2.9 mi 4.6 km #20Albion Basin Summer Road
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
3.2 mi 5.1 km #21Germania Pass via East Greeley
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
Alta, UT
2.7 mi 4.3 km #22Collins Gulch Road
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
Alta, UT

Photos of Little Cottonwood Canyon - 65

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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!
Nov 5, 2015 near Alta, UT
Looking down Peruvian Gulch.
Jun 20, 2020 near Alta, UT
Looking at the final ascent to the peak.
Mar 19, 2019 near Alta, UT
Sunrise on Catherine Pass.
Oct 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
Sunrise from Catherine Pass.
Oct 15, 2015 near Alta, UT
In bloom
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT
In Bloom
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT
In bloom
Aug 11, 2018 near Alta, UT