Prince of Wales Mine Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Prince of Wales Mine Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snowbird, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1420 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Quick hike through an old mining district to a really neat abandoned mine. Prince of Wales Mine can also be accessed from Silver Fork (Big Cottonwood) though this route is from Alta and Grizzly Gulch (Little Cottonwood). Lots of old abandoned equipment, including a full boiler, but no structures remain. Both vertical shafts are grated over with steel, but you'll still want to watch smaller children closely! Spectacular views of Honeycomb Canyon can be achieved with a small 100 yard detour near Prince of Wales Mine.

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You start to get amazing views about 3/4 mile from the mines

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The hike is steep and if you're used to moderate hikes it will be no problem.
It has great views of the Alta ski slopes and surrounding areas. Lots of beautiful places where flowers grow if they are in season.
The hike itself is very exposed to the sun. Bring lots of water and/or hike in early/late hours.
You will get up to a point where you can see a few mine remnants and there's a T in the trail. To the right it dead ends really quick but you can see some cool stuff. I believe you are supposed to take the Left path to finish getting all the way to the mine but we ran out of water and couldn't make it to the top.

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This was a great trail. We missed the path to the upper part of the mine, and didn't want to climb the tailings with our baby, so that was kind of disappointing. However, it was still really cool to see all the remnants from mining at various points on the trail. The views were beautiful. I'd suggest hitting up Davenport Hill while you're up there, since it's not too far out of the way and also offers stellar views.

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Hiked the loop to Twin Lakes Pass and then onto Prince of Wales. The wildflowers are beginning to bloom and the views of Big Cottonwood, Alta and the Pfeifferhorn are great. It is sunny along the trail. Make sure and take the detour to the Honeycomb Cliffs. Trail is easy to follow and only one steep rocky section.