Mount Van Cott Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike definitely a great view of the Salt Lake Valley. The hike is pretty steep and is mostly straight up the entire way but not too long. It took me about 57 Min to get to the top which is good considering I’m out of shape right now lol. It’s a good hike just make sure you bring poles it’s a little steep on the way down and they may help. Also since it’s such low altitude it’s a little hot. Defiantly may do it again.

2 months ago

great morning cardio!

5 months ago

way fun ! still goes in the hot summer sun but it's pretty exposed

5 months ago

We started this hike around 7:15pm. After hiking for about 40-50 minutes in what seemed like deadly heat we made it to the top. We sat and watched the sunset for 30 minutes and it was absolutely stunning!! The sunset set was really what made it worth it. There is also a smallish patch of wildflowers near the top that were very beautiful. Other than that it was slightly barren/boring for the first 35 minutes of the hike. I definitely recommend it

hiking
7 months ago

As the map shows, there are basically an infinite selection of ways to do this on various trails. Some choices are probably more arduous than others in terms of the grade. This is not a wilderness experience, given the location, but it's not too shabby considering how accessible this is from anywhere around the University of Utah. There were a few other folks out this overcast morning, many with their dogs, but it's way less crowded than the Living Room trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Honestly, a bit boring. The terrain is borderline hard. The trail map works well on this app, however there seems to be a ton of alternative trails to get up the mountain. Yes, I can't believe a few wild flowers/weeds are showing their color. Crazy winter!.

*You are not suppose to park where Google Maps tells you to. Be Aware.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Not many people on this trail which made it really nice. Golden hour is where it is at, because there is no shade.

trail running
Friday, June 09, 2017

Really hot - great views of the valley. Didn't take very long. Trail is pretty good and there aren't any really really steep parts, but there's a good steady incline all the way to the top. Great quick afternoon/morning hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I actually accessed the Mount Van Cott trail from one of the several Red Butte trails- there is a trail that goes up the south/SW side of the big hill just north of the Red Butte Gardens. This hill was the steepest part of the hike and I had to be careful in my descent- the trail was a bit "gravelly" at this point and I used some vegetation for my foot stops. All in all a nice quick trail for a good morning workout or a good way to de-stress after school/work. Great views of the U and the rest of SLC on the way up. Once on the summit, the view to the south is especially beautiful with Lone Peak off in the distance.
I finished the trail round trip in about an hour.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

This was steep, but really nice. I was the only one up there, which I loved. Just note that there is no parking at the trailhead (unless you are sneaky) and also that if it rains before you go it will be muddy. The rain water just runs right down the trail, so I had to walk next to the trail the higher up I got. Bring water if it's a hot day because there is NO shade. Today was cold, so I brought a coat. Love being up high enough to see the whole valley and beyond.

Monday, April 03, 2017

No parking at the trailhead. It's very steep but worth it for the view.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This is a great trail to begin with and train for harder and more difficult trails. It is a fun trail and has many points to stop and view The Valley of Salt Lake. It has gradual inclines and parts where the trail flattens out for a nice break, and fun to race down the mountain when finished! Highly recommend it!

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