Alpenbock Loop to Grist Mill to Pipeline Loop

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Alpenbock Loop to Grist Mill to Pipeline Loop is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandy, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length1.7 miElevation gain462 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Newly completed part of the Alpenbock Trail network that allows access to climbing routes in the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Park-n-ride lot and restrooms

USFS Supervisor's Office (801) 999-2103 857 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 Mon-Fri:8:00am - 4:30pm

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Sheralyn Bennett
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not the prettiest hike but we were looking for Mountain Goats on the other side we spotted 3! :)

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Liz Putti
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You can cut off .6 by skipping the small out and back part.

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Bodie Williams
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Jonathan Benson
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Anastasia Kellogg
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G Crofts
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HikingIcyMuddy

Just hiked the loop. Good after work getaway to nature.

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Melody Olson
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Alex Stark
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Pretty views of Little Cottonwood and the Valley. Trail is harder than we expected. It is snowy for much of the trail with ice in spots. The tricky part was it is rocky and there are some narrow sections that are a little tricky. While we did it, I wouldn’t recommend doing this with young children right now.

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Lucette Barbier
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Nature tripsRocky

I discovered this trail... our now go to 1 hour escape, fresh air hike with the kids, 7 and 4. Nice to have the parking lot right there, small elevation to make it fun, nice views, not too crowded. I did it clockwise which worked best for the children, the climb is more gradual that way.

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Cross Townsend
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HikingGreat!RockyScrambleSnow

The hike was amazing. The views of the Coalpits were amazing and the stonework was neat. It's fun to climb to all of the different climbing routes. Coffin gains you about 200-300 feet more. But still, a wonderful little choice.

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ozzie del
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Kevin Lathrop
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Decent trail with good construction over the rocky sections. Good tree cover much of the way. Nice views of the steep granite walls on both sides of the canyon. Several access points for folks that enjoy technical rock climbing.

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Jenny Peacock
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Diane Roberts
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

This is an easy trail when you stay on the trail that is close to road. Road is noisy until you climb farther up the trail. If you stay on the lower trail it eventually comes to a dead end, just turn around and head up the mountain. Even though this trail is a short one it's worth hiking. You will come to a rock scramble, but nothing that is rated hard. We were the only ones on the trail until the very end when we ran into a family that was coming up. We went counterclockwise as suggested to see the views of the city going down. If you go clockwise you will have the rock scramble at the start of the trail vs. at the end of your hike if you go counterclockwise. I think it's easier to climb the rocks going up vs. going down.

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Jared Shiverdecker
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It’s kinda overgrown in a lot of spots, and I was frequently concerned i’d run into a surprise mountain biker with how narrow the trail was. But overall it’s a nice short hike with access to some rock climbing if that is your thing.

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James Bjorkman
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Dan Steele
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Fun but steep

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Melissa Davidson
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We hiked this on a Friday morning. (7/24) It's a tricky trail in my opinion. There are lots of offshoots and it's hard to keep track of where you are at. We ended up having to backtrack a couple of times. The trail is narrow and overgrown but it is pretty shaded. We only ever passed 2 people the whole time also, it's not busy at all. There are places where you can see the rock climbers and it was fun to watch them.

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Phoebe Welch
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DO NOT MOUNTAIN BIKE THIS TRAIL UNLESS YOU’RE AN EXPERT. I saw this trail on here, and reviews said it was a good trail to hike, as well as someone saying mountain biking is pretty easy. I don’t doubt hiking it would be fun, but mountain biking was pretty impossible. The rocks are beautiful, but they’re situated to be maneuvered like walking up stairs, not riding a bike up/down them. I traveled this loop clockwise, but there was a suggestion to do it counter clockwise for the views, so there’s a possibility Mtn biking it would be more doable that direction. I had to walk my bike for close to half of the trail, and made it not worth bringing my bike. There were some gorgeous views, but they hardly made up for carrying my bike up rock stairs for over half a mile.

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Matt Simmonds
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Tough inclines for the fam! But fantastic views and fun rocks to climb.

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Macy Egbert
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Great views of the valley and canyon walls. Path was a little overgrown. Friendly climbers too!

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Drew Mosley
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absolutely great on an early summer weekend morning. our four-year-old loved scrambling and wandering.

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