Ferguson Canyon to Big Cottonwood Canyon Overlook

Cottonwood Heights, Utah

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One of the lesser known canyons of the Wasatch, Ferguson Canyon is a hidden gem. Access doesn’t get easier—the trailhead is located right outside a Cottonwood Heights neighborhood—and the trail has the best of all worlds. Once inside the canyon the trail climbs beneath a lush canopy of shade trees as it parallels a stream fraught with moss-and-fern-adorned waterfalls. You’ll enjoy granite cliffs and formations, a fun tree arch over the trail, and ultimately an overview that takes in the sweep of the Salt Lake Valley as well as an unobstructed view into Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is a steady and consistent climb—you’ll feel like you’ve had a workout once you get back to the car.
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by Lori J. Lee (Falcon Guides)

One of the lesser known canyons of the Wasatch, Ferguson Canyon is a hidden gem. Access doesn’t get easier—the trailhead is located right outside a Cottonwood Heights neighborhood—and the trail has the best of all worlds. Once inside the canyon the trail climbs beneath a lush canopy of shade trees as it parallels a stream fraught with moss-and-fern-adorned waterfalls. You’ll enjoy granite cliffs and formations, a fun tree arch over the trail, and ultimately an overview that takes in the sweep of the Salt Lake Valley as well as an unobstructed view into Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is a steady and consistent climb—you’ll feel like you’ve had a workout once you get back to the car.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cottonwood Heights
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Draper, Dromedary Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Ferguson Canyon to Big Cottonwood Canyon Overlook

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May 2018