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Little Cottonwood Canyon Hikes are a must in your lifetime! Our canyon is home to some of the most breathtaking views and enjoyable journeys on earth (and maybe we're a little partial, but that's why we call this place home).


Cecret Lake Trail

If you only have time for one hike on your trip, this is our recommendation. The 2.5 mile round trip trail begins from the west side of Albion Basin Campground. You'll cross under 2 chair lifts and make a couple switchbacks and you'll be there in no time. You can keep going past the lake and continue up to Devils Peak. There's no swimming at the lake.

Catherine Pass

Park in the first Alta parking area, before the campground. You will be able to see the 3 mile trail climbing to the east of the parking lot.  Most of the 900 ft climb to Catherine Pass is in the first third of a mile. After passing through the meadows the trail takes a short climb to Catherine Pass at an elevation of 10,240 ft. From Catherine Pass the trail descends into Big Cottonwood Canyon. Another half a mile and you will be hiking past lakes Mary, Martha, and Catherine. The trail does continue on to Brighton ski resort., but if you choose to continue on, we recommend having someone pick you up on the other side!

Little Cottonwood Trail

Great for hiking or mountain biking, this trailhead starts at the east end of the UTA Park & Ride lot at the mouth of the canyon. There are a couple of other turnoffs that connect with the trail as wekk, if you want to get dropped off and ride downhill. The trail is a fairly wide single-track with some rocky sections that follows Little Cottonwood Canyon road and the creek. It's usually open by mid-April and can be ridden until November. Much of the trail is shaded by the woods.

Temple Quarry Trail

This trail is great for the whole family, and is fully paved and wheelchair accessible! Located on the south side of the road at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, the .3 mile round trip path is beautiful and relaxing!

If you only have time for one hike on this list, we recommend Cecret Lake. This hike offers varied terrain, views of Alta Ski Area and great photo opportunities at the lake itself.

A couple of tips: when hiking at high altitude, make sure you drink plenty of water (before, during and after your hike) and start out early in the day when temperatures are cooler.

Happy Hiking!