Maybird Lakes is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and is a beautiful alpine lake that sits at 9,700 ft.
Due to watershed issues, dogs are NOT allowed to be on this trail or in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) at all. Maybird Lakes begins at the White Pine Trailhead, which serves as the TH for three different hikes – Maybird Lakes, Red Pine Lake & the Pfeifferhorn, and White Pine Lake. Maybird Lakes is 8 miles RT and 2,200 ft – it does get steeper in a few sections but it is not terrible. You will first follow the trail to Red Pine Lake, but then at mile 2.7 will you take a right and cross the split at the trail split.
The best season to hike this in my opinion is Fall when the temperatures are cooler, the trail is snow-free, the leaves are changing, and the trail is typically less crowded. However, I always advise getting to the trailhead no later than 6:30 am if you want a parking spot in the main lot. If you arrive past that, you almost always have to park along the road, adding more mileage.
From the Little Cottonwood Caynon park & ride, drive 5.3 miles up the canyon to the “White Pine Trailhead”. Use this map.
Distance: 8 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2,200 ft
Time: 4-6 hours
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed in LCC
Kid friendly? Yes, ages 12+
The trail begins behind the port-a-potty and you will quickly cross the bridge. Stay right.
At the first trail split, stay right again for Red Pine Lake. Just past the bigger sign, the trail turns left.
Cross the bridge.
You will soon pass the Lone Peak Wilderness sign.
As you turn South, you will have a nice view down to the SLC Valley.
Tall aspen trees line a section of the trail.
A few small switchbacks make this trail gradual up to this point.
Just before the next trail split for Maybird Lakes, the trail begins to get steeper and rockier.
Turn right at the trail split for Maybird Gulch. Cross the broken bridge.
The views begin to open up to the North so you can see the Big Cottonwood Canyon ridge even better.
Ahh your first view of the Pfeifferhorn! Now you know Maybrid Lakes isn’t far away.
The trail briefly flattens out.
Finally, your destination! There are two lakes to visit. “Lake” is a strong word, as these are more of a pond to me, but super pretty!
Selfie with Ashley 🙂
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Time to head back down! What a fun hike.
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