Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Draper, Utah

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
1 Review
4 out of 5
This is a challenging jaunt that is scenic and historic. The trail blends smooth-rolling doubletrack and singletrack with short, steep, rough hills, so you’ll get a solid workout in just over a half hour’s time. Although the canyon’s busy highway is a stone’s throw away, the creek’s churning white water and thick riparian growth provide a natural buffer from the intrusions of civilization. The trail follows a modern-day hydroelectric pipeline, which was the same route as a railroad line that served Alta during its mining heyday in the late 1800s. Granite from the canyon’s slopes were the building blocks for the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, built during the mid-1800s. Mountain goats inhabit the canyon’s ledgy south slopes, and rock climbers perform technical moves on huge boulders edging the trail. Trail surface: Doubletrack with a touch of singletrack.
Bicycling Salt Lake City

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Bicycling Salt Lake City

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

This is a challenging jaunt that is scenic and historic. The trail blends smooth-rolling doubletrack and singletrack with short, steep, rough hills, so you’ll get a solid workout in just over a half hour’s time. Although the canyon’s busy highway is a stone’s throw away, the creek’s churning white water and thick riparian growth provide a natural buffer from the intrusions of civilization.

The trail follows a modern-day hydroelectric pipeline, which was the same route as a railroad line that served Alta during its mining heyday in the late 1800s. Granite from the canyon’s slopes were the building blocks for the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, built during the mid-1800s. Mountain goats inhabit the canyon’s ledgy south slopes, and rock climbers perform technical moves on huge boulders edging the trail. Trail surface: Doubletrack with a touch of singletrack.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Draper
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Salt Lake Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Draper, Dromedary Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/16/2008
0

This seems like a popular trail so expect other hikers and mountain bikers. I found it reasonable. I struggled with some technical sections and had to walk but not very far. I also found it less steep than the guidebook hinted at.



Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Activity Feed

Apr 2018