Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) until you see the Snowbird signs, and park in the lot for the “Ariel Tram”. Get your ticket, then ride up the tram.
Here’s a driving map from SLC.
Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 240 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? No, dogs are not allowed in LCC
Kid friendly? Yes, ages 10+
We got on the first tram of the day, and it was already crowded!
The tram travels 1.6 miles from the base of Snowbird up to Hidden Peak, at a speed of roughly 22 mph, and gains 3,240 ft. The aerial tram was built in 1971 for $3 million.
Once you reach the summit of Hidden Peak and the lodge, hike North, following the service road as it curves around the base of the restaurant.
Continue hiking along the service road. Notice how tall the lift sign is? That’s because in winter the snow can easily be several feet deep here and skiers need to see the signs.
We’re headed there! At this point, simply follow the ridge as it aims NE.
It looks far, but it should only take about 30-45 minutes to reach the summit.
Skiing at Snowbird doesn’t typically open until Thanksgiving or early December each year, and closes in May.
Great photo opportunities along the ridge. That peak is Sugarloaf Peak, another fun summit in the summer. If you wanted a bigger day hike, you could hike over there from the tram as well. I did each hike separately and different times of the year.
In winter you’ll definitely want to have the 4 Must Have Items for Winter Hiking with you!
We reached the summit in 36 minutes, and that was with stopping for lots of photos and breaking trail.
On Mount Baldy at Snowbird, looking East . The wind up here was SO COLD!
Lindsay with AF Twins behind her.
Head back the way you came.
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