Lake Mary - Grizzly Gulch Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

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This hike is located between the ends of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, in the midst of the Brighton and Alta ski areas. It is a very pretty area, with many alpine lakes and green meadows, but unfortunately the presence of so much commercial activity has inevitably degraded the area’s hiking potential. Especially around Brighton, at the end of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the mountains have been extensively bulldozed to fill the ever growing need for more ski runs and their associated service roads. Grizzly Gulch, the return leg of this hike, is an open museum of the mining activity in Utah at the turn of this century. There are dozens of abandoned mines in the steep canyon, along with old boilers and pipes, and other relics of days gone by. Like most history lessons, this one also contains a message for the present. Looking at the heaps of mine tailings that now fill Grizzly Gulch, one can’t help but wonder what the once pristine canyon was like before man’s arrival, and how many other beautiful areas are being destroyed, even now, by unregulated mining activity.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

This hike is located between the ends of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, in the midst of the Brighton and Alta ski areas. It is a very pretty area, with many alpine lakes and green meadows, but unfortunately the presence of so much commercial activity has inevitably degraded the area’s hiking potential. Especially around Brighton, at the end of Big Cottonwood Canyon, the mountains have been extensively bulldozed to fill the ever growing need for more ski runs and their associated service roads.

Grizzly Gulch, the return leg of this hike, is an open museum of the mining activity in Utah at the turn of this century. There are dozens of abandoned mines in the steep canyon, along with old boilers and pipes, and other relics of days gone by. Like most history lessons, this one also contains a message for the present. Looking at the heaps of mine tailings that now fill Grizzly Gulch, one can’t help but wonder what the once pristine canyon was like before man’s arrival, and how many other beautiful areas are being destroyed, even now, by unregulated mining activity.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,370 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 4.25 hours
Season: Summer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 9,400 feet
Top Elevation: 10,220 feet
Local Contacts: Salt Lake Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Local Maps: Dromedary Peak (USGS), Brighton (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Mary - Grizzly Gulch Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2000
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THIS TRIP WAS DONE WITH 12 CUB SCOUTS. TRAIL IS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW, NOT VERY STEEP, AND NO EXPOSURE. SCENERY IS GREAT. TRAIL IS A LITTLE TO BUSY FOR ME. WE STARTED THE HIKE FROM ALBION BASIN AND ENDED AT BRIGHTON. LAKE LEVEL IS EXTREMELY LOW. THIS DETRACTS SUBSTATIALLY FROM THE SCENIC APPEAL OF THE LAKE.



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