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Secret Falls Snowshoe

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Many adventures start right here: Red and White Pine and Maybird Lakes, Secret Falls, and the Pfeifferhorn.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • The large bridge at the trailhead.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Heading out on the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Heading out on the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Lots and lots of skiers come down the trail, so be aware.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Sections of the trail may be packed enough to support shoes with microspikes.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Off trail travel usually requires snowshoes.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • There is a small bridge covered in snow to the right of the path to the falls.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • In the summer this is a large creek that you need to cross, but it appears much smaller in winter.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the scenery along the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • The snow-covered falls dressed in a big snow year.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Snowshoes help with the steeper sections of the ascent.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • From the top you get some great cross-canyon views looking north.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • A piece of a small creek peeks out from the snowscape.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Looking west down the valley toward Salt Lake.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Be sure to keep your ears open for skiers along this trail.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Enjoying a beautiful day along the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • A quintessential Wasatch view along the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Enjoying a beautiful day along the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Returning to the packed section of trail along the Secret Falls Snowshoe.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • The bridge over Little Cottonwood Creek.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
  • Sunset over Little Cottonwood Creek.- Secret Falls Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quick and easy. Great views along trail.
Cons: 
No dogs.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,685.00 ft (2,342.39 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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This little-known location is not far up the trail for White and Red Pine Lakes, just below Snowbird Ski Resort in beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon. Just about a mile into the hike, the trails for Red and White Pine lakes split off from each other; that is when you know you are close to the falls. Continue on the Red Pine Trail for just a few dozen yards and you will see a small bridge; head to the left up the gully rather than heading right and crossing the bridge.

Work your way back through the gully and follow the creek to the waterfall heading southeast for a few hundred yards. The walls get pretty steep right here by the way. This is much easier in the winter than in summer; crossing the snow-covered creek is a breeze compared to creek crossings during heavy summer flow. There may only be a few parts of the waterfall that are uncovered in deep winter, but by late winter and early spring you can get to the top with little effort.

This is a short and fun hike that has stunning views along the way across the canyon. The canyon walls really light up well in the dusky hours. This is a great place to surprise Wasatch veterans with a place they might not have ever heard of. Keep an eye out for moose and porcupine that frequent the area. Always check in with the Utah Avalanche Center and avoid this area on high avalanche danger days; this terrain is dangerous considering the high elevation and aspect.

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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