A Short Easy Hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon
- Length: 3 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain: negligeable
- Highest Elevation:8,200 ft
- Trailhead: 5 1/2 miles into Little Cottonwood Canyon
Head into Little Cottonwood Canyon. After about 5 ½ miles (a little more than a mile after the Tanner's
Flat parking area), look for a sign for the White Pine Lake trailhead. Red Pine Lake, White Pine Lake and Maybird
Lake are all reached from this trailhead.
Great news--there is a restroom at this trailhead, so you can get it out of your system in privacy before heading down
the trail. There is also a You Are Here map with all the trails in the area.
You will be descending for the first few yards of the trail to the stream. A bridge will let you safely cross and
begin the upward journey into the trees. It is a slow steady climb with an easy grade and some beautiful scenery to
excite both your eyes and nose.
After just under a mile you come to a junction where the White Pine trail heads north and the Red Pine/Maybird
trail continues West. Another stream crossing puts you deeper into the trees, and onto the last part of the trail
with a slightly steeper grade and some boulders in the path. Keep going and you will come to an opening where you
can view the valley and city life below.
That's the overlook and the end of this easy trail.
and Maybird lakes can be reached by continuing on.