Big Cottonwood Canyon Hiking Trails
Now this trail and its trail head was about the most elusive one to find of all the trails I hiked this summer. I passed the trail head a couple of times before I finally found where to start. There is a Forest Service sign “BEAR TRAP FORK” 11.2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Read More!
Broads Fork trail head begins at the Lower S-Turn 4.5 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is the first trail that starts from the west end of the lower S-Turn parking lot. It begins up a steep angled hill through aspens and pine trees till you reach the Twin Peaks Wilderness sign. Read More!
This is a great hike for the views, the lakes, the landscape, and the wildflowers and of course Moose! We started at the Brighton Ski Resort parking lot, where there is meadow restoration being done. So the trail winds around the old trail, and ends up about a half mile back on the original trail. Read More!
The Days Fork Trail Head is located in the Spruces Campground approx 9.7 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Although I have hiked this trail many times in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter was a new experience for me. Read More!
The turn off to the Donut Falls Hiking Trail is located approx 9 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Take a right and drive past the Jordan Pines Picnic Area and some private property to the trailhead parking lot. The parking lot offers parking for several cars, however due to the popularity of this hike this lot fills up fast especially on the weekends. The trail starts to south of the parking lot by the restrooms. Read More!
Hidden Falls is a picturesque waterfall located up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The parking lot for the trail head is located 4.4 miles up the canyon just off the "S-Curve". From the parking area the trail heads north and requires you to cross the canyon road. Read More!
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this hike. The trail head begins in the lower S-Turn in Big Cottonwood Canyon. You walk a ¼ mile up the road, and on the right, you will see the sign. It starts up a small hill, then crosses a stream to a switchback that puts you on a stair-like trail up to an aspen grove. Read More!
Lake Mary is the second lake on the Brighton Lakes Trail. You begin the hike from the Brighton Ski Resort Parking lot. If you head to the south side of the lot, you will see a jeep track that goes up the first hill. As you crest the hill, you will see a foot track that continues through the pines. Read More!
Mill D North is located 9.6 miles up Big Cottonwood canyon. It sits directly across the road from the Cardiff Fork/ Doughnut Falls trail head. Heading up the trail, you begin to see across the canyon and the beauty of Cardiff Fork. Read More!
Located 4.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon just off the “s-curve” is a small parking area and the trail head of the Mill B North Fork Trail. This is also the parking area for Hidden Falls and overflow parking for the Lake Blanche trail, Mill B South Fork. The Mill B North Fork Trail starts to the north of the parking area and requires you hike up a short incline to the canyon road. Read More!
The Mineral Fork trail begins 6.1 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon. It is an ATV track on the south side of the road marked by a metal gate that is usually locked. You begin your hike up the ATV track that loops you through Aspens until you reach the first switchback. It is marked by a stream that has over run its banks onto the trail. Read More!
Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon is the beautiful Silver Lake. The lake is encompassed by a boardwalk making it accessible to the young, old and those with disabilities. The boardwalk is less than a mile long and offers benches, picnic tables and a dock area for fishing. The lake is a popular hiking destination in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter months the lake is covered in feet of snow and becomes part of the Solitude Nordic Center system of cross-country ski trails. Read More!