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Toledo Bowl via Cardiff Pass Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 875 ft Route type Out & Back

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

Waypoints (0)
Facilities
Getting There

Parking near the Forest Servce Garage

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (81)
Photos (71)
Recordings (68)
Completed (150)
Beth Jackson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

It’s a climb! There are beautiful wildflowers and views of the canyon and Alta. There are a number of forks along the way, so it’s helpful to have the map out. There is very little shade. It’s never a scramble, but a climb the whole time and fairly rocky. It was doable with toddlers on our backs. It might be tough for littler kids, because it’s fairly uphill the whole way. There were no bugs that tried to eat us. We only saw 3-4 other hikers on a Wednesday morning, which was great! You’re not allowed to go up Michigan Road, but there is room to park on the highway. It’s a short walk to the trailhead.

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Ed Motola
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Hiking

This trail is misnamed. Grizzly Gulch is traversed on the Twin Lakes Pass Trail further east from Alta to Twin Lakes Pass along the Michigan City Road mining district which runs north of the gulch. This trail labelled Grizzly Gulch Trail is in Toledo Bowl and should be so named, Toledo Bowl Trail. Toledo Bowl can be climbed to access Flagstaff Mountain.

Josie Medema
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Hiking

Soooo I messed up twice so first off make sure you park on the parking areas right off the road. Not down in the resorts because the hike will start on the left side of the left going up the mountain. Secondly, there’s a break in the path about 1.5 miles up and make sure to check the all trails map and make a left there. I did not and ended up going another 600 ft up to a dead end construction zone beautiful hike though and the flowers are incredible. Definitely coming back and not messing up directions.

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Jessie Smith
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great little trail - a little rocky but didn’t pose any problems. A quick up and back. The flowers in bloom were a huge plus. I went on a Sunday morning - not busy at all!

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Judy Stott
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Hiking

This is such a beautiful hike to do and not many people seem to do it. Gets your heart pumping with the steep incline. We walked the trail next to the creek and it’s so pretty and green. We took our 9 year old daughter and she did great.

Whitney S
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Hiking

Very pretty overlook. The only problem I had with this hike is right now there is still snow and the trail you have to walk up is basically a river half way up.

Amy Higgins
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Hiking

Steep, still a little but of snow. Saw a marmot or something by us!

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Tyler Howe
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Hiking

Although it’s as pretty as everything around Alta is, this hike feels a bit pointless. It’s a mile walk up an ATV road to some old mining equipment and a gravel pit. I wish I had taken the turnoff to Cardiff Pass instead, but that’ll give me a good reason to come back.

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Alexis Todd
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

Spectacular views and weather. No bugs. Quick up and back with some good elevation gain in a short hike.

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Clifford W King
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Hiking

Really fun, daily exposed trail. Lots of elevation gain in a small distance with some really fun diversions like a waterfall, a cave (blocked off but you can look in) and good viewpoints.

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Breck Tuttle
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Snowshoeing

Nice snowshoe with my daughter. Unfortunately her snowshoe broke and I broke a chain on one of my micro spikes getting up to the snow.

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Ethan Romer
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HikingSnow

got pretty corked on chads

Michelle Gigger
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Hiking

The trail was beautiful! Such amazing views and colors to see right now. Easy enough to do with kids, but it is a steady incline most of the way.

kathi cohen
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HikingRocky
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Michelle Armstrong
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Hiking

Beautiful area, steep climb, but we could only go about half way, a snow drift blocked our path! Will try again in about a month!

Christian Paul
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Cross Country SkiingSnow
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Erin Grosso
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Not what I was expecting for snowshoes , seems much steeper in deep snow and just straight up most of the way. Looks great for backcountry skiing.

John Larsen
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Good work out but ugly views. Didn't make it over the mountain as there was a bit of snow on the trail.

Garrison Green
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Neat highke

Kayla Ade
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Hiking

The first part of this trail, although snug and beautifully surrounded by trees, had me worried. i was out of breathe it seamed by my second step witch left me wondering "whyyyy?" iv been actively hiking all summer how can it be that i'm so winded? i'm going to go ahead and blame the overly huge, gigantic, up to my eye balls, lunch that i had just prier to my hike. But it did not take long for the small snug trail to run into a wider path that led us up to a bigger clearing of wildflowers entering what seamed to be there last stages before being covered in snow this winter. the bees swarmed around what blooms where left and we even had the chance to take a few close pictures of them sharing with a butterfly. Over all reaching twin lakes is a real treat because as you walk up the ridge all you can see is sky. only as you reach the very top is when you can see twin lakes and the mountains beyond that make up big cottonwood canyon. when i venture back to twin lakes i will defiantly come from little cottonwood canyon. ​

vinicius pacheco
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Really good hike with great views.

Shaun Carlson
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Hiking

Steep hike with a neat view of a mine, but to be honest I feel like the views from going up to Davenport Hill or Prince William Mine or Twin Lakes Pass are just as good at a much easier grade.

Ellen Zinn
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Hiking

Gorgeous views of Alta, pretty empty on weekend already blooming flowers.

Amy Hutchinson
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Nice quiet Hike.

Tim Carlson
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Hiking

The trailhead, which is named the Grizzly Gulch trailhead on the Alta summer trail maps, is shown as being near the summer information booth on the north side of the road. A few feet up the trail is a sign that indicates it's the Alta-Brighton trail, so maybe both are correct. I hiked it today to Twin Lakes Pass and then followed the Wolverine ridge east to Catherine's Pass. There was still lots of snow towards the upper reaches of Grizzly Gulch and on the northwest faces of the ridges. There was very light traffic until I hit Tuscrora and Catherine's pass. The trail can be a bit difficult to navigate with a gate across it at one point and then the multiple spur trails near the mine. I originally thought about giving it 5 stars, but then I remembered the power lines somewhat spoiling the view of twin lakes.

Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

The trails climbs steadily up to Twin Lakes Pass. The trail mostly follows an old mine road until the last 1/2 mile or so. Twin Lakes pass has great view of both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. I believe this trail is also called the Alta-Brighton

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