Little Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Drive is a 17.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

17.2 miles
3,382 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving



wild flowers


no dogs

Nestled between the Twin Peaks Wildness Area and the Lone Peak Wildness Area, this scenic road follows along the Little Cottonwood Creek. Please check road conditions online as 4WD may be required.

scenic driving
4 months ago

This trail is for scenic driving or road cycling. It's not really for walking or hiking. Though, there are many hiking trails that start from this road. This road is quite narrow and windy in parts as it goes up into the mountain. This road is labeled moderate. I can only speak about driving up it (not road cycling), and I can say moderate could be true. If it is summer and snowless, it should be fine and easy, just have to drive carefully. But in the winter or wet weather, of course one needs to be careful and then it may be rated hard. This canyon is beautiful as the peaks are closer to the road, some are tree covered, and others are rock faces. When driving down, you can see into the Salt Lake Valley. It's a nice view going up and coming back down.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Have done several times when visiting Salt Lake. Nice views.

6 months ago

Beautiful trail but easy is inaccurate for some. Pretty steep in some places for beginners.

7 months ago

A great hike! We ran into some snow and had to turn around at about 5 miles up, but it was a fun hike! All my kids loved it and can’t wait to go back after the snow has melted.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful road, but the description is incorrect. Pet dogs are NOT allowed in LCC, even in cars. There is a sign at the mouth of the canyon saying so. There are hefty fines if you do.

Also, traffic is terrible on a snowy day. The road has restrictions on cars without 4WD during inclement weather. It’s impossible to miss when these restrictions are in effect, so don’t ignore them! Weather is always worse at the top than the bottom.

scenic driving
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beautiful Canyon. Lots of great hikes and skiing

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice pleace to look around...!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

awe inspiring

scenic driving
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Like Big Cottonwood Canyon, this drive is very similar. But I believe this canyon is more scenic than Big Cottonwood is. The peaks are much closer to you and much higher. Two very well known ski resorts are at the end of this road too. Alta and Snowbird. I've skied both of these too, and it is some great skiing. Early summer brings a huge runoff in the creek with all the snow melt. A very worthwhile place to check out if you're in SLC. I plugged in being able to do it all year long, but there are a few times a year in winter, that it can close due to avalanche control. Several avalanche paths cross the highway in here. Beautiful mountain scenery though regardless of time of year.


off road driving
Thursday, July 24, 2014