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60 mi 97 km of trail 7 Hikes

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

Lake Blanche

(23) Alta, UT

Hikes in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 6

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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 • Out and Back • 2,592 ft Ascent 790.06 m Ascent

(47) Cottonw…, UT
Favorite Donut Falls
Easy/Intermediate

Donut Falls Trail

1.5 mi 2.4 km • Out and Back • 417 ft Ascent 127.15 m Ascent

(21) Cottonw…, 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!
Extremely Difficult

Broads Fork Twin Peaks

9.6 mi 15.4 km • Out and Back • 5,325 ft Ascent 1622.93 m Ascent

(11) Cottonw…, UT
Favorite Sunrise from Catherine Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Brighton Lakes to Sunset Peak

6.1 mi 9.9 km • Out and Back • 1,837 ft Ascent 559.87 m Ascent

(2) Brighton, UT
Favorite Desolation Lake in the morning light, from an adjacent meadow
Intermediate

Dog Lake and Desolation Lake

8.5 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 2,133 ft Ascent 650.01 m Ascent

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

Butler Fork

3.3 mi 5.3 km • Out and Back • 1,486 ft Ascent 452.87 m Ascent

(5) Alta, UT

Trails in Big Cottonwood Canyon - 24

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12.2 mi 19.6 km #1Wasatch Crest
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
12.2 mi 19.6 km Alta, UT
4.0 mi 6.4 km #2The Triple Traverse Route
Extremely Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Extremely Difficult
4.0 mi 6.4 km Cottonwood Heights, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #3Silver Lake Loop
Easy
Alta, UT
Easy
0.9 mi 1.5 km Alta, UT
1.8 mi 2.9 km #4Kessler Peak North Route
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
1.8 mi 2.9 km Alta, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #5Brighton Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Alta, UT
1.4 mi 2.2 km #6Mt. Superior Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
1.4 mi 2.2 km Alta, UT
3.8 mi 6.2 km #7Mill B North Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.2 km Cottonwood Heights, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Lake Mary Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Alta, UT 13 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #9Lake Solitude Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Alta, UT
1.5 mi 2.4 km #10Willow Heights Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Alta, UT
1.9 mi 3.0 km #11Mill D North Fork Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Alta, UT
Easy/Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.0 km Alta, UT
1.2 mi 2.0 km #12Scott's Bypass
Intermediate
Park City, UT
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Park City, UT
1.9 mi 3.0 km #13Silver Fork Trail #1169
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
1.9 mi 3.0 km Alta, UT
2.2 mi 3.5 km #14Butler Fork Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.5 km Alta, UT
1.2 mi 2.0 km #15Mill A Basin Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Alta, UT
0.9 mi 1.4 km #16Twin Lakes Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Alta, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
0.9 mi 1.4 km Alta, UT
2.5 mi 4.0 km #17Broads Fork Trail #055
Difficult
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km Cottonwood Heights, UT
5.2 mi 8.4 km #18Mineral Fork Trail
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
5.2 mi 8.4 km Alta, UT
3.5 mi 5.6 km #19Mill D South Fork
Intermediate
Alta, UT
Intermediate
3.5 mi 5.6 km Alta, UT
1.2 mi 1.9 km #20Jupiter Peak Road
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
1.2 mi 1.9 km Alta, UT
4.5 mi 7.2 km #21Bowman Fork Trail #007
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Olympus, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
4.5 mi 7.2 km Mount Olympus, UT
0.9 mi 1.5 km #22Little Water Peak Trail
Difficult
Alta, UT
Difficult
0.9 mi 1.5 km Alta, UT
0.8 mi 1.2 km #23Desolation Lake Trail
Easy
Snyderville, UT
Easy
0.8 mi 1.2 km Snyderville, UT
1.0 mi 1.6 km #24Mill D Trail Alternate
Easy/Intermediate
Alta, UT
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Alta, UT

Photos of Big Cottonwood Canyon - 90

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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
From overlook (short detour off main Mill B trail), looking down Big Cottonwood canyon.
Aug 3, 2019 near Cottonw…, UT
Along Mill B trail
Aug 3, 2019 near Cottonw…, UT
Along Mill B trail
Aug 3, 2019 near Mount O…, UT
View of Broad's Fork Twin Peaks, Sunrise and Dromedary from Mill B trail.
Aug 3, 2019 near Mount O…, UT

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