Hike of the week: Little Cottonwood Trail

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Directions • From the mouths of Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, drive 4 miles south on Wasatch Boulevard. (The road also is Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.) The trail head is marked on the right side of the road.

The trail sits between Little Cottonwood Creek and the canyon road. The first two-thirds of a mile is paved, then you reach the junction with Granite Cliffs Road and Wasatch Resort Road. Follow the signs to stay on the trail. The creek gets within sight and earshot of the trail at 1.05 miles. At 1.91 miles, you will cross a narrow footbridge over the creek. At 2.53 miles is a wider bridge and around the corner is an old hydroelectric generator. Go through the gate at 2.81 miles. At the 3.25 mile mark, turn right through a makeshift campsite to the creek. There are some rocks in front of rapids that are good for stopping and watching. (This is the end point represented in the hike data.) Or you can continue up the trail, if you prefer. Rapids

Hiking time • 3 1/2 hours

Round trip miles • 6.5 miles

Elevation gain • 1,115 feet

Difficulty • Easy

Trail head restrooms • Yes

Dogs allowed • No

Bikes allowed • Yes

Fees • No