Route: Upper Big Cottonwood Canyon Traverse

Submitted by JamesFox on Fri, 07/08/2022 - 01:11pm
Utah, US
22.75 mi
Vertical Gain
6,243 m

A traverse on iconic and commonly untrodden trails and resorts of upper Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah. Begin by climbing up Mill D North Fork to Desolation Lake and top out on the Wasatch Crest trail. Continue to Guardsman pass and stay on the ridge dividing Salt Lake and Summit counties. Pass over Mt. Venture and proceed to the high point of the route, Clayton Peak. Descend onto Brighton Ridge Run down toward Lake Mary before making the final major climb near Twin Peaks Reservoir. Take in the views of Alta ski resort as you continue on the contour of the south east side of Honeycomb Cliffs on the Mine Pipe Connector. After finally making your way over Davenport Hill, start your descent down Days Fork to the Spruces Campground. Take a short stretch of UT-190 (Big Cottonwood Canyon Road) back to your starting point and take in your accomplishment. So many classic Wasatch trails in one go. 

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