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Little Mountain Snowshoe

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Trailhead for Little Mountain.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Looking back from atop the first hill, down toward Emigration Canyon.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • A few hikers and their dog.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Large set of tracks.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • People have all kinds of fun from here.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Views from the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Mount Aire (8,621 ft) and Little Dell Reservoir.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Looking up toward Little Mountain's summit with Lookout Peak to the left.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • A panorama from the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Taking in the views and the fresh air from the Little Mountain Trail. - Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset along the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Lookout Peak (8,954 ft).- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset along the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset along the Little Mountain Trail.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset at Little Mountain.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset at Little Mountain.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset at Little Mountain.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
  • Sunset at Little Mountain.- Little Mountain Snowshoe
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Above the inversion. Close to town. Dog friendly. Backcountry access.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
833.00 ft (253.90 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,241.00 ft (1,902.26 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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From the top of Emigration Canyon, the aptly named Little Mountain is a small rolling hill above an otherwise jagged Wasatch profile. Mormon pioneers headed into Salt Lake Valley from this very spot to declare it a new settlement. What makes Little Mountain so great for local residents is a combination of factors such as ease of access, simple terrain, dog-friendly locals, and an elevation that is above the dreaded winter inversion.

The relatively easy trail starts off with a quick and steep ascent and levels out to a rolling ridge. There are a few more steep sections, but nothing very difficult. You get terrific views of Parleys Canyon, Emigration Canyon, Mount Aire, Little Dell Reservoir and Salt Lake City. You can see endless tracks and trails of cross-country and backcountry skiers along the way. Decent wildlife viewing opportunities and views of sunrise and sunset make this a local favorite.

The 1.7-mile trek each way is perfect for people looking to just get outside after work with their pets. Considering how pretty the surrounding scenery is, it's hard not to add Little Mountain the your normal routine.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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