Cardiff Pass Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, UT that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until October.
Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon 8.2 miles and park near the Forest Service Garage on the north side of the road. The Forest Service Garage is a across the road from the Alta Lodge. The trailhead can be recognized as a narrow paved road turning to the north around the guard station and to the right.
This trail offers amazing views across to Alta & Snowbird. This trail has some steep spots, but it is short in length.
Short, but very steep climb. Especially if you go all the way to the pass and don't stop where this trail does. When you get up there, there's some kind of outpost on the western peak I didn't have time to check out. If I do this again, I'll make sure to have enough time to go up there.
The trail extends beyond where the Alltrails map shows it ending. As of yesterday, at the point where the Alltrails map shows it ending, there is a large snowfield to cross. Not really dangerous, but your feet will probably get wet. Cross that snowfield and you can pick up the trail on the other side to go all the way to the pass.
The trail follows an old mining road to the top of the pass. Just say close to the pole line. It snowed yesterday so snowshoes were needed for half the hike. Beautiful views of both Alta and Snowbird from the trail