If not, you might want to add it to your list of ones to do.
The unique part of this hike, it is accessible from both Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyons.
So if your a resident of Salt Lake County, you can be at this trail head from most places in less than 20 minutes.
If coming from Big Cottonwood, you'll locate the trail head up near the Brighton Ski Resort. If coming from Little Cottonwood, you will locate the trail along the Albion Basin dirt road.
For this posts purpose, I will note I took the Little Cottonwood Canyon trail head.
Also, should note I took the trail toward the end of July when the Wild Flower Festival was going on, so depending on the time of year you visit it may or may not look a little different to you.
If you are hiking this in the summer or around a holiday. Parking will be hard to find. You can park and ride a shuttle run by Alta that comes by every 20 minutes and stops at the hikes and campground for anyone who would like to take it. There is an information station if you need more information on this.
The trail starts off as a gradual hill as you start ascending the mountain. To be honest, even though this trail does start climbing and is mostly all uphill on the way up. I would still categorize it as fairly easy or at the low end of moderate.
Even kid friendly as there are no major drop offs.
You'll pass through small meadows and forests as you make the climb.
Just before what I would call the final climb, you will come across a larger meadow area. Which if you are interested in backpacking in for a night of camping, I would imagine this to be a great spot and perfect for star gazing.
|Ya that's me on the rock, being a fun dork:)|
You can also hike down to the lake, which I was told is stocked with trout.
You're also welcome to backpack in and camp in any of these area's as long as you follow the back country camping rules which are posted at the trail heads.
As you can see this is a beautiful hike, that is only a short distance from the Salt Lake Valley below it. Well worth an hour or two out of your day to visit.
If you're hiking in the summer, it's well worth the visit just to see all the wildflowers in bloom!
* There are bathrooms at the trail head, but you will need to bring your own water.
* Bring bug repellent, or wear a bug band as the mosquito's and biting flies can come out at times.
* Weekday's are far less crowded, weekends expect to rarely find time alone on the trail.
* Watch for deer and moose, they can be seen often in these area's.
* Definitely bring a camera!
* You are higher in elevation, 9,000+ feet.
* Great trails for trail running! Perfect for working the legs and lungs!
Have you hiked in the Wasatch mountains before?