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    2.9 km
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    Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail


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    The Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a well-maintained path in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a multi-use trail popular with hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Dogs are permitted on this trail but must be kept on leash at all times.

    Route Description for Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail

    The Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a short, family-friendly hike in Cottonwood Heights. This trail is beautifully maintained with sections that are stroller and wheel-chair friendly. This trail can get quite icy in the winter, so we recommend wearing traction devices such as microspikes if you are heading out at that time of year. Dogs are welcome to join you on this trail but must be kept on a leash for the duration of their hike. The Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a lovely, relaxing stroll along Big Cottonwood Creek. If you are looking for a place to take an early morning walk before work or enjoy an evening stroll, this trail is for you.

    From the parking area, cross over Wasatch boulevard and follow the well-marked trail for about a mile. After approximately a mile, simply turn around and retrace your footsteps back to the trailhead.

    If you are looking for more to explore, check out the Bonneville Shoreline Trail: Olympus Cove to Hughes Canyon Section nearby.

    Getting to the Big Cottonwood Canyon Trail Trailhead

    This hike begins at the intersection of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road and Wasatch Boulevard in Cottonwood Heights.

    Route Information

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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