Mule Hollow

Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune


Mule Hollow makes for a nice, short, shaded hike before or after work. The trail begins at a gravel lot just above Big Cottonwood Creek. Follow it up alongside the streambed (or stream, depending on the time of year). The trail zigzags over the stream many times, never straying far from the banks. At some points the trail goes into the stream, but the water did not cover my feet even though I hiked this trail during the height of spring runoff. Some of the rocks are mossy and slick, so poles help. The hike ends on a tailings pile from an old mine. Enjoy views of Hobbs Peak above you and Dromedary Peak across Big Cottonwood Canyon. There is an old cart track and other rusty ruins. You may find some garbage; as always, please try to take at least one piece back with you.

Getting there: The trailhead is about a mile up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Just after the Storm Mountain Amphitheater and “Storm Mountain Quartzite” geological sign, you’ll cross a bridge and see a fence at your left. The trail begins at the gravel lot next to the fence. I parked across the bridge, at the quartzite sign.


-- Erin Alberty

Region: Big Cottonwood Canyon

Destination: Old mine

Distance: 2.4 miles

Time: About 90 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,298 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: No

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 3


First published 2010-06-20