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Stairs Gulch Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 994 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

forest

river

waterfall

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Stairs Gulch is an out and back trail located across Big Cottonwood Canyon Road from the Storm Mountain Amphitheater. There is no sign located at the trailhead but the trail is easy to spot from the road. It winds along side Stairs Gulch and a series of small waterfalls can be seen from numerous paths off the main trail. The trail ends at the river about .3 miles in but the river can be crossed a couple different times and adventurous hikers can continue. Be aware of your own skill and limitations.

hiking
23 hours ago

Trail was nice, but I saw 3 snakes including at least 2 rattlesnakes. And the trail is very narrow so the brush where the snakes are is right next to you. Watch out and listen closely!!

hiking
over grown
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

A good amount of scrambling, but you can stay mostly on the sides if you want. On the way down we hiked over the rocks and along the river as much as we could instead of the trail which made for a fun descent.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Short but steep. Nice hike but challenging at times. The trail is hard to see at times but just stick to the water. Lots of cold water to cool off in the sun. Still a couple little patches of snow at the top in middle June.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
12 days ago

Gorgeous hike! Challenging, but relatively short. Pretty overgrown in spots, lots of loose rocks (lost my balance a couple times), and you need to cross the river/waterfall a few times. Not a hike for littles. But there was plenty of shade and some mist from the water. We really enjoyed it! We saw only a couple other hikers.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

cool short hike. loose rocks at the end make it kinda dangerous. creek is raging right now and you'll see some nice water falls.

hiking
over grown
rocky
snow
20 days ago

This is a great trail, beautiful the whole way up. Listen to other reviewers though this is definitely only for very experienced hikers. I did it with our child in an Osprey carrier and slipped and fell once. Would do it again by myself but not a family hike, it is quite tough with a lot of loose/unsure footings.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
28 days ago

This is a great trail for experienced hikers only! Definitely not a rookie trail.

hiking
1 month ago

06/01/20 - Awesome trail. Way pretty walking by the waterfalls all the way up. In the gully On top is full of snow. Be careful as you don’t know what can break below up since parts of it you may be walking above the water.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome!!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike! Enjoyed seeing ice at the top.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Kind of a risky hike. Snow pack at the top. Wouldn’t recommend going across the snow pack unless you know that you’re doing. Challenging short hike!

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