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Utah's Wasatch Hiking Trails

Mineral Fork to the Wasatch Mine
Red Pine Lake
Mineral Fork
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An Easy Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • 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
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.)

Along the way, you will have to navigate some scree as well as a stream that has overrun its bank. So be careful there.

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.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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