Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail

EASY 137 reviews

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1371 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

There are three bridges. Lots of fun kickers for bikes. A rock garden and steep climbs. At the top there is an old structure that looks like it was an old mill back in the day.

hiking
3 days ago

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hiking
9 days ago

I can't wait to do this again! New to hiking and thrilled that I was able to make it to the end and back without tears! :)

13 days ago

13 days ago

Family friendly trail that includes a paved loop with signage that explains the history of the area.

17 days ago

this trail had breathtaking views of towering, sheer-sided white granite (mozonite quartz actually) canyon walls. easy and worth checking out.

hiking
18 days ago

trail running
21 days ago

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Great path and views to explore with young children and beginners. Had a blast going into the dry riverbed and exploring the old structures. Interesting to see and learn how they mined for granite. The scars on the mountain are visible.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Followed the trail from the Temple Quarry Trailhead to about .5 miles aboue the Lisa Falls parking. As of today the trail is packed enough that snowshoes are not required until the trail junction near the Lisa Falls parking area. The trail is less traveled and .5 miles above the junction and we had to start breaking trail.

4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

This was my first time on the little cottonwood trail and first time snowshoeing (we skipped the temple quarry loop). It was a perfect beginner trail. We went 6 miles round trip. Very slight incline the whole way that we didn't really notice till we came back down. There were a few bikers in the snow, which was pretty fun to watch. We went early and were alone on the trail the majority of the time, more bodies as the morning went on. The water was even flowing pretty good and was gorgeous. Great snowshoeing trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Very easy hike. And very beautiful.

6 months ago

6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

This was basically a short walk with some pretty views. If you use the AllTrails map for directions it takes you to the park n' ride as where the trail begins which makes you cross the freeway to find the trail head. Not sure why it is set up that way but don't park there. Just turn around and park across the street so you don't have to cross a busy freeway. Otherwise the trail was ok. Some cool history behind the quarry stones but we probably won't be back here. Also, watch your kids around the trails here, we found a backpack with drug paraphernalia in it and tossed it in the trash.

7 months ago

Very pretty Hike, simple.