Hike Stairs Gulch
Utah › Stairs Gulch Trailhead
Added by McKenzie Roers
As challenging as you want it to beLong exposure photographer's dreamFantastic viewsNo dogs allowedStandard hike: 1.5 miles out-and-backElevation Gain: 625 feet
Drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon for around 2.8 miles, parking will be along the road and there will be a large rock waterfall on the right hand side of the road. The trailhead is just a short distance from that rock fall (40.623824, -111.743208)
Stairs Gulch is an easy, short hike, unless you're looking for more. After reaching what is deemed the trail end, continue up the gulch all the way up until we reached the snow patch that remains. If you have climbing experience or are certainly capable of handling tough hikes, it will probably be easier for you. However, if you do not have such experience, I recommend not heading too far up the remainder of the gulch.
Best for the warmer months, as the gulch becomes a high avalanche risk area in the winter.
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Fun, easy summer hike.
Short hike. Some minor bouldering about a half mile up the trail. It wasn't busy during the week. The waterfall is beautiful, you can play around in it, and it's a nice break from the heat. Found a couple great spots for skinny dipping. ;-)
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