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Maybird Gulch Trail to Maybird Lakes

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Lone Peak Wilderness

Maybird Gulch Trail to Maybird Lakes is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 2,214 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

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Getting There

Note: Because this trail lies within a protected watershed, dogs and swimming are not permitted in the area. The hike starts at the White Pine Trailhead and is suitable for beginners. The trail is well maintained and signed. A paved path leads from the parking area to a footbridge over Little Cottonwood Creek. The route follows a old 4-wheel drive track, which is now closed. The trail climbs to the southwest into White Pine Canyon. One hundred yards after crossing the footbridge the trail forks. The right fork leads down to a stream side meadow, take the left fork, which climbs upward. 1-mile from the trailhead the trail meets the stream in White Pine Canyon. The 4-wheel drive track continues to White Pine Lake, the signed trail to Red Pine Lake and Maybird Gulch crosses the stream on a footbridge 50 yards upstream. After crossing the stream, the trail leads west in a rising traverse around the ridge, through a wooded section, into Red Pine Canyon. As you cross the ridge between White Pine and Red Pine Canyon you enter into the Lone Peak Wilderness Area. The trail continues up Red Pine Canyon until the trail and the stream in Red Pine Canyon converge at the Maybird Gulch turn-off. This trail junction is 2 1/2 mile from the trailhead. The trail to Maybird Gulch crosses the stream on a footbridge. The trail to Red Pine Lake continues up the east side of the Red Pine stream. The trail to Maybird Gulch cross the footbridge at the trail junction makes a switchback as it climbs the hill and heads west as it crosses the ridge into Maybird Gulch. The trail continues climbing steadily to Maybird Lake, which is the end of the maintained trail.

The Trailhead is signed with paved parking, vault toilet and information kiosk.

Supervisor's Office (801) 999-2103 857 West South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm Salt Lake Ranger District 6944 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 (801) 999-2103

From I-15 in Sandy, Utah take Exit #298 (9000 South) and head east on Highway 209 (9000 South) for 6.9 miles at which point Highway 209 joins Highway 210 (Little Cottonwood Canyon Road) at a Y-Junction. All mileage in this canyon is measured from this Y-Junction. The junction is identified be a huge flashing message board on the south side of the road and a park and ride lot on the north side of the canyon. The park and ride lot has a restroom. The White Pine Trailhead is located 5 1/2 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon from the Y-Junction and 3/4 mile below Snowbird Ski Resort on the south side of the road.

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Nicole K
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HikingBugsGreat!

Beautiful views and the trail was not overall crowded. The last 20 minutes the incline was steep. We felt that going back was harder than going up as there were many loose rocks and sliding down was hard on the ankles. This should be a hard level hike not moderate because of the incline and the boulder areas where it was more difficult to navigate

Yan C
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Jacklyn Dean
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Hiking

This has always been one of my favorite trails. It was good to go back this morning after a couple of years. The end result is pretty, but not quite as extravagant as Red Pine. However, the thing I love about this trail is the actual trail itself. Wildflowers everywhere. It’s a lot more secluded and a lot less crowds than red pine. The trail winds beautifully through meadows and the lakes are still fun to see. We hiked to Red Pine Lake and then backtracked to Maybird Gulch Lakes and then saw Gloria Falls before heading back to our car. I would suggest bringing bug spray, and the parking lot gets full fast so plan ahead.

Logan Foltz
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Hiking

Nice, secluded trail with lots of shade past the Red Pine turnoff. Maybird Lakes are really small and not nearly as impressive as Red Pine though. I actually continued all the way to Pfeifferhorn, as I'd heard this was an alternate route to get there. But there's no clear trail to follow, and after staying left through the boulder field, I ended up scrambling up the face east of the peak, which I would probably not do again. Going down through the Red Pine trail was much less stressful.

John H
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I decided to take the spur over to Maybird gulch and lakes on the way down from Red Pine Lake since I hadn't done it before. It's about 1.2 miles off the Red Pine Trail to the lakes and was nice because no one else was on that trail. The lakes are small and not much to see, but you get a great view of the Pfeifferhorn Peak right above the lakes. Would recommend next time you go to Red Pine if you haven't done it.

Will P.
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Hiking

hella bugs at the top even with bug spray. beautiful trail all the way up. couple lakes at the top.

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Shandee Lewis
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Shelby Sunderland
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

This trail was absolutely beautiful worth every minute of the uphill. Although, I would personally consider this a hard trail instead of moderate. If you want a challenge it’s definitely worth it.

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Jose De Pando
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Meghan Lucas
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HikingRockyScramble

Whew! It is more like just over 8mi and intense elevation gain. I would rate it more hard than moderate. There were hardly anyone any people on the trail and my friend and I sat at the lake for about 20min with no visitors. Scramble at the end to get to the water. The wildflowers were lovely along the trail. This was a tough hike, but worth it!

Laura Hall
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HikingBugs

Beautiful and not many people at all on a week night. My GPS measured it at 8.3 miles. There were lots of mosquitos- bug spray would have been nice. Wildflowers are beautiful.

Colby Robison
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Running

This trail is the best. Make sure to carry your friends down when they break their ankles. #chan #hikingislife

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Stephanie B.
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Robyn Sneyd Jensen
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HikingBugs

So beautiful! Early morning is so quiet and peaceful ! Lots of bugs Got into the lakes! Super cold but refreshing!

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Justyn Gourdin
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Hiking

I would recommend this hike for anyone who can handle a pretty good climb up. its beautiful and while the trailheads were very busy, the lakes were empty! Really beautiful hike.

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Sam Graff
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Running

I did this along with Red Pine Lake and it was great, this trail was mostly covered and very pretty all the way. I really liked it because it was way less crowded then the Red Pine Lake trail, I only saw 2 other groups along the whole thing.

Skyler Venz
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Rebecca Harrison
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We backpacked in. Left thursday around 4:30pm and came home on Friday around noon-ish. Thursday evening, we didn't encounter huge amounts of people. At the Red Pine/Maybird Gulch turnoff, from that point up to Maybird we saw no one the rest of the evening. We camped before getting to the gulch. Friday morning, we saw 3 groups of people first thing in the morning (starting at 5am to 10am), otherwise it was quiet. The amount of people we encountered heading down around noon-ish increased as we got closer to the parking lot. I would avoid the middle of the day, stick to late evening or early morning and weekdays if you want to avoid a lot of people. Part of the trail has been rerouted, which makes it easier to navigate those area's. The mosquitos were out in full force, remember the bug spray.

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Crysta W
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Hiking

If you can survive the Disney Land crowds past the first few miles you’ll be ok. The beginning is packed with tourists, large families and slow moving groups ..... not my favorite for a hike. Even the creeks were full of groups with coolers and kids swimming. If you’re a hard core hiker try a harder trail so you lose the people. If you have patience for the meandering mobs and trash left on the trail this is the perfect trail for you!

Jennifer Hemberg
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Hiking

The first 2.5 miles are the same trail as red pine lake. If you were deciding between the two, the lake up at red Pine is much prettier but this is also worthwhile hike. Slightly less maintained but easy to follow, there are a few down trees that are easy to circumvent. The 1.2 miles to the lakes is practically empty.

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Kris Taite
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike to the lakes that sit below Pfeifferhorn. The trail was well-signed and easy to follow. Mosquitos were on us when we were not moving. Highly recommend!

Jana Flynn
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Trent Carlisle
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Hiking

Trail is virtually free of snow. A few tiny patches up near the lakes. There is some water runoff on the trail in a few sections, but they are short and it is easy to keep your feet dry.

CJ B
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Hiked to Maybird lake on Sat. Great hike saw no one after the bridge. Trail well maintained little snow up high but was able to stay on the trail beautiful lake. Probably my new favorite hike.

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