- 14 mile roundtrip
- Time To Allow:
- 2 hours
- Elevation Change:
- 1500 feet
DescriptionThe Little Cottonwood Creek Trail is a lower-altitude alpine ride that starts right at the mouth of Salt Lake City's Little Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is a fairly wide single-track with some rocky sections. It's usually open by mid-April and can be ridden until November. (Patches of snow may be encountered in early or late season.) Out-and-back, the trail covers 7 miles. Elevation gain is 1300 feet. It's a quick ride, but will test your thighs if you're not in shape.
Time To Allow:
Much of the trail is shaded by the woods, with spruce, maple, oak, choke cherry, and box elder. The trail follows Little Cottonwood Creek up the canyon.
After three and a half miles (and 1300 feet vertical), the trail ends across the creek from an old ruin. Along the creek, you''ll see many reminders of the day when nature was to be conquered, controlled, exploited, or destroyed.
Even on weekdays, the trail sees fairly heavy use. But the trail is wide and passing is usually easy.
Note: Dogs are NOT allowed in the Cottonwood Canyons. If you want to ride with Fido, go to Mill Creek Canyon (a few miles north), Bonneville Shoreline (one mile south), or the Corner Canyon South Mountain Loop (five miles south).