Lake Mary Trail
Wasatch Boulevard and 9400 South meet a Y junction at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. From the Y, drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon about 11.5 miles to the Albion Basin Campground.
Trails Illustrated's Wasatch Front/Strawberry Valley. For a USGS topographic map, ask for Brighton.
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District; 801-466-6411.
Looking for a way to connect deadending roads up Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon? This is it: Lake Mary Trail, rambling past rock-lined lakes, alpine cirques, wildflower dotted meadows, and through silent forests. From the Little Cottonwood end, the trail climbs to Catherine Pass in about one mile, where a spur trail leads south to Sunset Peak. Dropping to Lake Catherine, Lake Martha, then Lake Mary, the largest, with a possible side trip to Dog Lake, the trail eases on down to the parking lot at Brighton. This trail is pretty enough to allow you to turn back after a short hike, and return to the start with a sense of pleasure.
Information courtesy of Buck Tilton, author of Utah Hiking.
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