|The start of our hike. The trail is pretty rocky for the first while.|
The hike is fairly short, under a mile (some say .7) one-way. It begins at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and climbs quickly up the foothills. The grade is only steep for the first few hundred yards, and then it levels out a little, and the trail becomes less rocky. A lot of people were on this trail on a Saturday, and it is likely that you'll see a lot of amateur hikers because of the proximity to Sandy City.
Before you know it, you'll climb over a lip and see a pretty little reservoir. It is down in a hole, and the water level was quite low. There is catch-and-release fishing, but no pets are allowed because this is a watershed area.
|I was glad we did this hike in the fall...the colors were beautiful.|
I think the spring would be nice to because the reservoir would be full.
|It was very picturesque.|
We liked this hike. It was short and easy. And although you climb the entire way up to the reservoir, it is gradual enough that you don't feel winded. We probably covered less than 2 miles including the hike up and back and the trip around the reservoir.
To get to the trailhead, go to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon (Wasatch Blvd and Little Cottonwood Road (which is 9400 S). As you head east on Little Cottonwood Road, you'll see a trailhead with parking and restrooms less than 100 feet up the road.
|These signs are at the start of the hike.|
|There are some great views of the valley on this hike because |
you start so close to the city. See the traffic light right there?
|Our boys loved this hike.|
|The trail around the reservoir is pretty easy. It starts and ends on this wide dirt path. |
We even let our one year old out of the backpack to hike on this part of the trail.