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Prince of Wales Mine Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mounthaven, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping and is best used from June until October.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,381 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

No dogs

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Getting There

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.

Adequate parking during all times of the day, not positive, but I don't believe there are restrooms nor water available.

Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Ski Resort, park just below the guard station, the trail head is there and clearly marked.

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Reviews (198)
Photos (332)
Recordings (157)
Completed (388)
Kim Higginson
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Hiking
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Scott Shelton
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Hiking

Best views ever

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Betsy Ruch
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HikingNo shade

A wonderful hike for some great views! The trail was easy to follow, just watch out for the fork in the road were you have to go up so you don’t end up on the solitude side of this. Cool that you can still see into the mine and the equipment is still there. Went with my good son Charlie who crushed the hike after a knee injury.

Kurtis McDonald
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Amber B.
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Hiking

It was stunning. Took a couple of wrong turns. But totally worth it. Will definitely do it again!

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Shawn Zembal
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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiking

Wildflowers are really fantastic right now. The only wildlife I saw was birds, but there was a pile of poop on the ridge above the mine, where you are looking down at Solitude. I kind of think it was from a bear, but it seems like a weird place for a bear to be hanging out. On the way down, I took the side trail that connects up with Albion Basin Rd about a mile further up the road from where AllTrails shows the trailhead. There is actually a decent sized parking lot near this trail, and starting here would make this a shorter, but still steep, hike. But it is after the pay booth.

Valeria Martinez
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky

Excellent hike for a beginner that wants a challenge. Very rocky in some areas but not for long periods of time. Would recommended bringing a sweater to peak as it’s pretty windy and chilly up there.

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Anna Schreiber
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HikingRocky

Great, quiet hike with absolutely gorgeous views. The mine was very cool and the wildflowers were in full bloom. There are definitely some steep and loose rocky parts. My only complaint is that the trail is not marked well, we had to check the map and/or turn back a few times.

Ann Marie Madsen
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stunning wildflowers and awesome views!

Da Yang
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Did Grizzly Gulch to Twin Lakes Pass and then over to the Prince of Wales mine. Beautiful wild flowers in full bloom, beautiful big mountain view. High altitudes hike above 9000/10,000 ft elevation, rocky, but beautiful. I would rate this hike is moderate, not Easy.

Kylian User
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Hiking

nice hike with a cool mine shaft view at the end. I recommend climbing up to the top of the peak (you will see a trail that veers up) to get an amazing landscape view.

Cheryl Madsen
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HikingNo shade

Great hike but not good trail markers

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Kimberly Mendenhall
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HikingRocky

The views are breathtaking!!! Consider hiking up above the mines past the yellow Solitude signs; the views are even better. The early July wildflowers are gorgeous!! The mine equipment and covered mine shafts/veins are fascinating! Such a beautiful worthwhile hike. It’s steep and rocky in spots so be prepared.

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Blake Smith
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Hiking

Pretty nice hike. Very comfortable throughout and not as hot as the city. We started at about 6pm and never saw another person on the trail. It's a little bit steep for the first 5% of the hike and the rest is pretty gradual, what you'd expect for this elevation gain and distance. Going up to the yellow Solitude signs is worthwhile because of the spectacular expansive view.

Dylan Lyman
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Hiking

Oh so worth it! I definitely underestimated how uphill it was going to be, it took us a long time to get up. I took screenshots of the map on AllTrails before we left, but then had service the whole time so was able to track and stay on the trail. There were a lot of places to get lost so that was a blessing. The view was spectacular! The mine was cool, but really I can’t say enough about the view. Very few people on the trail, so it was a good social distancing hike.

Jeff Tomlinson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I love old Utah mining history, so this hike appeals to me as there is much to see in that regard. However, it should not be underestimated for the incredibly spectacular views of the cottonwood ridges either, WOW! Can be steep in places, rocky in others, and has long sections with little to no relief from the sun so prepare and time accordingly. Meadows, high alpine desert, forest and loads of wildflowers right now. A bit of everything!

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Aubrie B
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HikingRocky

This hike was so special! Walking through this area felt humbling, especially with all the history left around. The area is an absolute geological paradise! I had more fun with the different types of rocks than I did the mines.

Nicole Moreno
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HikingMuddy

Great hike. Starts out a bit steep at the beginning and then levels off. Nice climb to the summit. Beautiful view overlooking big Cottonwood Canyon.

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izzy nielsen
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awesome trail! we didn’t follow the map and ended up getting lost, eventually found our way back on the Days Fork Trail, which followed along the ridge of the mountain. The views are spectacular and the old mining equipment along the trail is awesome. Recorded on my apple watch, it was 2.32 miles down, so round trip is around 4.64 miles. Awesome hike, so glad the weather kept up. This is a must-see in utah! Loved seeing the final mine with an old steam engine at the top! Great hike, lots of cool rocks!

Jenny Hughes
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HikingPrivate propertyRockySnow

6/14/2020 A bit chilly around 9:30am at 46 degrees. A quick ascent through aspens to the gravel road lead to hard packed snow at the one mile mark. Go through the orange gate that says private property to stay on trail! If you go left it's more of a scramble (a kind group of hikers told me). Up higher the trail got narrow and the views were awesome. At the abandoned mining site the wind picked up and it was freezing cold (I wore shorts and a flannel, my bad, Little Cottonwood). Amazing views, logged 4.7 miles.

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