Prince of Wales Mine Trail

MODERATE 95 reviews
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Prince of Wales Mine Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, 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.

4.2 miles
1,381 feet
Out & Back



trail running




wild flowers



historic site

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.

6 months ago

It’s cool. Not much of a destination, just a cool hike. Power lines following the trail are the reason for 4/5 stars.

6 months ago

This hike was a nice surprise. We couldn't do our originally planned hike because of a forest fire, so we chose this one instead because it was close. The trail started off pretty steep for a short time then transitioned into the dirt road portion... loose rock section, then BAM! Beautiful views!There appears to be many small trails you can explore up to the mine. I would do this hike again just explore the other trails that come off of this trail.

7 months ago

Of all the trails I’ve done in the past, this may be the hardest and boring trail I’ve been on. I didn’t quite make it to the end because the narrow ridge scared me. I probably only had about a 1/2 mile left of hiking, but I was done after hiking uphill for 2 hours. The wild flowers are cool, but I like the flowers better at Stewart Falls. I won’t do this hike again. It wasn’t fun nor was it exciting. I’m also the person that chases waterfalls, so don’t trust me with this review. I’m also a slow hiker so that’s probably why it took 2 hours and I still didn’t finish.

8 months ago

Beautiful views! This is the kind of hike where the trail is just as pretty as the end. Very steep hills so come prepared, and while hiking down we ran into a lot of hikers that were lost. I would recommend following the alltrails route, it's unmarked and lots of forks in the road, easy to take the wrong turn.

8 months ago

Nice views from the top.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

pretty good. very well traveled though. about 1/3 is walking on a dirt road.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hike from Alta restaurant to PoW mine this morning. Still a little bit of snow on the trail but nothing that you would need snowshoes or spikes. A lot of water flowing down from the upper peaks and great views down the canyon.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Just completed this hike with the whole family today. It was a little more challenging than I anticipated but we all made it to the summit. My two oldest kids, ages 9 and 10, did it without much complaining. It got a little chilly at the top, probably a good idea to pack an extra layer just in case. Both me and my hubby had our toddlers in backpacks on our backs and we hauled them the whole way. It was a steady steep climb most of the way up and we took several breaks on the way to check out the cool abandoned mining equipment. Not too busy on the trail. Gorgeous views along the way and at the summit!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I loved this hike! Though maybe it goes without saying and I just missed it, if you veer to the right once you see the old mine it takes you up to the top of the peak behind it. Definitely will repeat this one.

Monday, September 26, 2016

We did this after freshly fallen snow so it was exceptionally beautiful but much harder than it otherwise would have been. This trail also links up to the twin lakes trail--not the most scenic mountain lakes, but the views of all the peaks, especially in fall are stunning.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mostly easy terrain as you're basically walking on an old mining road. Very little shade. Beautiful views along the way. I would likely have given more stars if I had gone during wildflower season, which seems to be when it looks most spectacular. The abandoned mining machinery adds an interesting treat at the end. Took me a little over an hour to get to the top and a half hour to get back down. I jogged much of the way down except for one portion that is particularly steep with loose rocks.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Loved this trail. Scenic the entire way up. The views once you get to the end of the trail make the sweat worth it.

trail running
Monday, August 01, 2016

Beautiful trail. Exposed, with several side trails.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Awesome trail. Steep in spots and not a really easy hike but not too hard either. We were alone except for one group of three we saw once in the distance. The scenery is awesome. The wildflowers were amazing but I think we missed their prime by about a week. When you get the the top there are two ways you can reach the mine. From the base you can scramble up the rocky tailings but that's slippery and tricky. Or you can take a right hand fork about 100 yards before the mine that takes you to it easily. It's safer too. Highly recommend this trail.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The wildflowers were gorgeous! Great views and not crowded even though it was a holiday. Kinda tough for my 6 yo. Go all the way to see the mine shafts and old boiler. We also did the lower path accidentally (go right at the end to see the boiler) and we also did Davenport Hill which wasn't worth it IMO. The views are just as decent on the trail. Didn't see a waterfall just a creek

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The wildflowers are beautiful! The last portion of the trail around the bend was especially stunning. I would recommend it.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Great Views! Not that well marked, but if you follow the map here it is easy enough to find. Probably not for small children.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The wild flowers were outstanding today. Not the easiest trail to follow (no signs or markers). We were lucky to have a friend who knew the area like the back of his hand. Might be a bit of guessing if you don't.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The wildflowers are GORGEOUS right now! He hike took us about 2 hours roundtrip (1:20 to the mine). The road gets a little steep with some loose rock at times (get that heart rate up!), but nothing too technical. Definitely be doing this one again!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lovely trail. Steep entry from the parking lot with some rocky stretches, but lots of beautiful wild flowers, as promised. We would definitely hike this trail again.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Loved this hike! The views were beautiful...the mining stuff was cool...but do it for the views. Wildflowers everywhere! There are a few different stretches that are steep...not "kid friendly" at all...I have three little boys who could not do this hike. Parts of the trail are very rocky...especially one stretch that is just solid rocks. On our way down we followed the little creek up off the trail a ways to a large open area, would be great for camping if you can deal with the mosquitos. We even saw a deer!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Beautiful hike with a stream of water that I drank from. Plenty of wild flowers and breathtaking views of the mountains. Not too steep either.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

NOT KID FRIENDLY!! Just did this hike today with me and 4 other adults...all of us are fairly fit (i.e. All of us workout 4-6 times a week) This was very steep and in some parts had lots of small loose rocks, which made it challenging. When we got near the top, the trail got narrow and there was a long drop on the left. The mining stuff at the top was also not a safe area for children. This would be a fine hike for teenagers and adults that are fit and healthy, but would be dangerous/hard for children. Now that I have given that warning...this hike was amazing!! We went at the perfect time of year, so there were wild flowers everywhere and the mountains were so green. You hike very high, so you can see so many different peaks and even down into big cottonwood. The mining stuff was really cool to check out, but we definitely enjoyed the views more. I would highly recommend this hike. I am definitely going to do this one again!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Wildflowers! So many gorgeous wildflowers, with the most beautiful at the top. I somehow didn't process that there is nearly 1500 feet of elevation gain, so it was a lot steeper than I anticipated. The trailhead is difficult to find if there are cars parked, however it's almost directly across (north east) of the little information shack right before Albion Basin.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I loved this hike! Be aware, however, that although it's labeled as "Easy" and "Kid Friendly" it is still challenging. The trail is not technical in any way (you are just following an old mining road), but you ascend about 1500 feet. If you go all the way to the "boiler" it's about 2.5 miles one-way, 5 miles round trip.

A little over a mile into the hike you will come to your first mining artifacts. There's a large metal box and up the hill you will find an old double-axle truck on its side. To get to the "boiler" and the mine shafts that you can look down into, you need to head back to the mining road and keep ascending. You will pass a section of the road with granite slabs and boulders. The road will then circle up to the left. You come to a place where the mining road splits. Keep to the left road if you want to go to the "boiler." Follow the trail around the bowl with the valley on your left and the mountain to your right. As you near a ridge line, part of the trail will descend to the left, but keep to the trail on the right that keeps climbing. Again, you will come to a split in the trail where it appears the main trail descends to the left, but take the trail that climbs to the right and within a few hundred yards you will get to the "boiler" and mine shafts. I posted my "tracks" from the "boiler" back to the parking lot if you want to see the path we took.

As has been mentioned by others, watch your children around the mine shafts. Old steel grates cover the openings, but there are sections where they can be bypassed and a fall would be fatal. The hike is awesome and the views are stunning. Very enjoyable!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Loved this trail! It's considered an easy hike but it's hard for beginners I feel. I went with a group of 20+ people in all age groups , we had the hardcore upfront , middle trailers (me) and the tail of the groups. We started around 9:40-am finished around 12:15pm . The trail keeps going if you decided to keep hiking down. I went up to the train and entrance of the mine but I would love to backpack it up here and camp somewhere down that area so I can explore :)

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