Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail

EASY 199 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
1318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

ice climbing

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.

2 months ago

Not too steep - great hike!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

This is a great trail for walking , more of a bike trail than anything but worth it

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with few people. Nice breeze from river and lots of shade.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Lots of graffiti and trash along the trail. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers, as some if them come zooming down the trail. Hearing the run off stream the whole way was pretty cool though!

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Starts at the temple quarry parking lot. I did not spend time on that loop, but it looked interesting with all the signs explaining some of the history. The first 1/2 mile of the hike was not very scenic, but that quickly changed once I passed the power plant (just walk through the parking lot & around the gate. There was abundant foliage for most of the trail providing ample morning shade. The majority of the trail follows the river, which is swollen with runoff this time of year. Once you cross the 3rd bridge, stay to the right. Trails going off to the left lead to other parking areas along the road. There were a plethora of mountain bikers on the trail & several runners as well. I imagine it would be packed on a weekend.

trail running
6 months ago

A great trail for runners! Note: its steep, so not for beginning runners!

hiking
7 months 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! :)

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

walking
8 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
10 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.

snowshoeing
11 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
Monday, November 21, 2016

Very easy hike. And very beautiful.

walking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Very pretty Hike, simple.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Found this hike by accident looking for Lisa falls and I loved it. It was fairly flat so I was able to even run some of it. It runs along a creek so it was super peaceful and the fall colors were gorgeous. It was like being away somewhere completely different than the city. I absolutely loved the tranquility of this trail and easy to find.

walking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Three moms, three preschoolers, two toddlers and a new born. It was perfect for our group. the kids were able to climb and run, moms could chat and still keep up with kids. The foliage was beautiful. because it was paved we were able to use strollers, too. definitely not a hike, but great for a walk in nature.

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