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Big Mountain Pass: Short Climb
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Overview
Location

East Canyon - Northern Utah

Sights

Mountians.

Distance

3.25 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6,545 ft

Summit Elevation

7,456 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

914 ft

Time Required

40min - 1.5 hrs

Pets

No

Fees

None

Water Info

None. The trail follows a seasonal stream. Bring water.

Best Season

Spring - Fall. It's higher elevation makes it a decent location even in summer. Winter could be a good time to try snowshoeing, though we have not tried this yet.

Hours

Any

Sun Exposure

Medium

Trail Condition

There is a clear trail (single track) the entire way.

Restrooms

Yes, at the pass.

Visitor Center

Non. There are historical markers with information.

Camping

No.

Food

None. Bring snacks.

Equipment

You can do this in running shoes.

Big Mountain is a great area to hike. It is swallowed in rolling mountains so you get a sense of wilderness while still being very close to Salt Lake City. This part of the trial is not too difficult and family appropriate. It is also great for mountain biking, and rather popular. So stay alert on the trail as you will have hikers and bikers passing frequently.

GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead Start: 40.819943°, -111.666622°
Trailhead End: 40.827764°, -111.653861°

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

The trail starts at the lower parking lots on a bend of the road. The trail climbs steadily the entire hike.

Trailhead right off the road.

Trailhead right off the road.

There are open vistas of the rolling mountains the entire hike. You really forget how close to the sprawling city you are.

Looking down East Canyon on our way up the trail.

Looking down East Canyon on our way up the trail.

The trail is on the old Mormon Pioneer trail, built in 1847 when they first entered the valley.

Monument at the Pass

Monument at the Pass

 

Close Up of plack.

Close Up of plack.

This short leg of the trail ends at the pass.

Information at the pass.

Information at the pass.

What is nice about this hike is that you can do it the way we have described, bottom up; or top down,or shuttled if you have two cars and only want to do a mile and a half jaunt.


Here are some of the visual stats. Again, I started tracking at the top and recorded our journey back to the trailhead.
Big Mountain Pass Short Stats

The Return:

Head back the way you came.


Personal Thoughts:

Again, this is a great little hike for an afternoon. If you want to get out and stretch your legs, getting out of the city, this is a great place to come. I haven’t mountain biked it yet, but it is on my list.

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About The Author
Hawkeye-TP
A man of adventure and generally swell guy. He was born, and has been winging it since then. Trevor@thetrekplanner.com

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