Stairs Gulch Trail

HARD 38 reviews
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Stairs Gulch Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1161 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.

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2 months ago

A great trail. Not so hard. But sometimes you will have to climb on wet rocks and logs.

3 months ago

Very beautiful and very lightly trafficked even on a Saturday. We started walking/bouldering along the river about .5 miles up and then took the trail down. Going up took about 3x longer but seeing all the little waterfalls up close and getting wet was the best part. Did have a rattle snake encounter though.

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4 months ago

Very steep, but lovely hike.

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4 months ago

It's a good hike and definitely a cool destination, gotta watch out for the snakes though!

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5 months ago

Hard but definitely worth it

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beautiful hike. Not really much of a trail once you get in a little bit. Had tons of fun jumping rock to rock following the stream up.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

I found the beauty here to be worth mentioning. we used the waterfall to climb a lot of it, not the trail. Super fun with my 4 year old.