Singletrack on the Little Cottonwood Creek Trail

Utah Little Cottonwood Creek Trail

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  • Distance: 7 miles that starts at a low altitude before climbing
  • Elevation Gain: 1300ft and it's a thigh burner
  • Wide singletrack with some rocky sections

The first portion of the trail is smooth, hard-pack dirt with a gentle slope. After a mile, the slope increases. Rocky sections will test your bike handling skills. ("Endos" are common on this trail during the ride back.) Most of the year, you'll encounter some water running in sections of the trail. We'd rate this trail a solid intermediate with some short advanced portions.

Even on weekdays, the trail sees fairly heavy use. But the trail is wide and passing is usually easy. Much of the trail is shaded by the woods. The trail follows Little Cottonwood Creek up the canyon.

After three and a half miles (and 1300 feet vertical), the trail ends across the creek from an old ruin (GPS N 40° 34.231' W 111° 43.024'). Along the creek, you'll see many reminders of the day when nature was to be conquered, controlled, exploited, or destroyed.

Photos: Wendell, Wendell

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  • All MTB gear
  • Water
  • GoPro
  • Snacks
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Mountain Biking

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1300 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby

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5 months ago

Confusing Photos

That doesn't look like little cottonwood

5 months ago

6 months ago

Great photos, but I'm a little confused!

Great description and photos! But I'm a little bit confused, as the photos seem to be from southern Utah and the trail you describe is in the Wasatch Mountains? I'd love to see some photos of the Cottonwood Creek Trail!

6 months ago

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