Mount Van Cott Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews

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

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wild flowers

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over grown
1 day ago

Overgrown in some places on the way up to the peak, especially near the peak. If you keep following the trail along the ridgeline, plants will be hitting your shins the whole way. Beautiful views though, some wildflowers are still blooming.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wonder views of Salt Lake City to the west and snow capped mountains to the south.

hiking
no shade
scramble
2 months ago

Easy short trail, perfect if you wanna hike, breath fresh air and enjoy a great view when you don't have to much time to do it (1h 30min

2 months ago

eh. much better around but .... check it off the list.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Cold morning with rain, a bit of snow near the top. Great views, especially if you stick to the ridge trail. Saw a coyote and two dear. The parking lot shown as the trailhead is clearly marked as no trail parking.

hiking
4 months ago

Really good views overlooking the city

4 months ago

fair warning this hike is still a little icy on top witch ads a little difficulty with how steep it is. would benefit from poles but not needed. amazing view of the city and mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice climb. Don't underestimate if you're new to the elevation. Great views and very pleasant even in February. Bring a wind breaking layer if you're going to the top. Got very windy!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice, relatively short hike close to town that gets you high enough for some good views of the Wasatch to the east and the Salt Lake Valley to the West. Trail conditions today where excellent. Not much ice, mostly packed snow and mud/dirt. Much of the climb is south-facing, so relatively free of snow or ice except for the start and the summit. Deep snow near the top, but the trail was well-packed. Didn't need yak tracks or snow shoes at all. I saw only 2 other people with their dog the whole hike. My two pups and I had the summit to ourselves. We weren't able to get completely above the inversion, but we got close. Blue skies to the east, haze to the west. Great hike for this time of year because the steady climb and constant sunshine (no shade along the trail and mostly south facing) kept us warm.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike and stunning beautiful views. Started early morning and saw a family of deer and lots of fresh powdery snow. I wish I had yak tracks and a pair of snow pants but still a blast!

hiking
9 months 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.

10 months ago

great morning cardio!

Monday, June 18, 2018

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

Saturday, June 09, 2018

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
Sunday, April 15, 2018

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
Sunday, January 14, 2018

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 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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