An Easy Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon
The trail starts at a closed and locked gate (but it is ok to walk past it as the gate is just there to keep
wheeled vehicles out.)
- Length: 6 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: 1940 ft
- Highest Elevation: 8,650 ft
- Trailhead: About 6.1 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, on the
south side of the road. It is signed
Along the way, you will have to navigate some scree as well as a stream that has overrun its bank. So be
About an hour or so in, you come to a fork in the trail. We took the right side of the fork that stayed
up on the edge of the bowl (the left side of the fork went down into the valley and then back u again at the mine.
As you get closer to the mine, you will notice the tailings pile as the trail winds to your left. Walk through the
trees and behind the tailings you will see the closed up opening to the Wasatch Mine and the rusty colored
stream that flows out of it.
For more pictures from this hike, check out the
Mineral Fork Lake Photo Gallery.