Grizzly Gulch Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alta, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.
cross country skiing
8.3 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The first part of this trail, although snug and beautifully surrounded by trees, had me worried. i was out of breathe it seamed by my second step witch left me wondering "whyyyy?" iv been actively hiking all summer how can it be that i'm so winded? i'm going to go ahead and blame the overly huge, gigantic, up to my eye balls, lunch that i had just prier to my hike.
But it did not take long for the small snug trail to run into a wider path that led us up to a bigger clearing of wildflowers entering what seamed to be there last stages before being covered in snow this winter. the bees swarmed around what blooms where left and we even had the chance to take a few close pictures of them sharing with a butterfly.
Over all reaching twin lakes is a real treat because as you walk up the ridge all you can see is sky. only as you reach the very top is when you can see twin lakes and the mountains beyond that make up big cottonwood canyon. when i venture back to twin lakes i will defiantly come from little cottonwood canyon.
Really good hike with great views.
Steep hike with a neat view of a mine, but to be honest I feel like the views from going up to Davenport Hill or Prince William Mine or Twin Lakes Pass are just as good at a much easier grade.
Gorgeous views of Alta, pretty empty on weekend already blooming flowers.
Nice quiet Hike.
The trailhead, which is named the Grizzly Gulch trailhead on the Alta summer trail maps, is shown as being near the summer information booth on the north side of the road. A few feet up the trail is a sign that indicates it's the Alta-Brighton trail, so maybe both are correct. I hiked it today to Twin Lakes Pass and then followed the Wolverine ridge east to Catherine's Pass. There was still lots of snow towards the upper reaches of Grizzly Gulch and on the northwest faces of the ridges. There was very light traffic until I hit Tuscrora and Catherine's pass.
The trail can be a bit difficult to navigate with a gate across it at one point and then the multiple spur trails near the mine. I originally thought about giving it 5 stars, but then I remembered the power lines somewhat spoiling the view of twin lakes.
The trails climbs steadily up to Twin Lakes Pass. The trail mostly follows an old mine road until the last 1/2 mile or so. Twin Lakes pass has great view of both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. I believe this trail is also called the Alta-Brighton