Fall Foliage of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons

The glacially carved Big Cottonwood Canyon, home to Brighton and Solitude, offers immaculate alpine scenery. There are plenty of hiking, biking, and picnicking opportunities to take in the views. You can head straight for the Brighton area or a number of stops along the way. Continue to Guardsman’s Pass — located 15 miles up the canyon — to really have your mind blown as you travel onward to Park City and Heber.

Don’t miss a trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Named because it is smaller and more narrow than it’s sister to the north — river-carved versus glacier-carved— the trails are steep and amazing here. With few pull-offs to take in the views, get out of the car and head up to a high alpine lake. If hiking isn’t on your agenda, you can always drive to Snowbird and take the Aerial Tram to the top of Hidden Peak.

Both canyons offer similar flora and fauna and rock formations. Hike along babbling creeks through pines. navigate your way through aspen groves to high alpine lakes, and scramble your way to a peak to enjoy stunning vistas of the reds, oranges, and greens in the canyons below.

Top Hikes:

  • Grizzly Gulch (LCC)
  • White Pine Lake (LCC)
  • Silver Lake (BCC)
  • Lake Blanche (BCC)
  • Desolation Lake (BCC)
  • Guardsman’s Pass (BCC)