Trail Details

Mount Superior

Mount Superior

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 3.5 to 5.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 5.2 miles
 Elevation Gain: 2462 feet
 Main Aspect: South
 Climb Rate: 947 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 18%
Notes: Climb the trail from Alta to Cardiff Pass, while enjoying the luxery of a trail. Scramble from Cardiff Pass to Cardiac Pass, then on to the peaks. 8
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos  Links


Trailhead
Alta TH
Trailhead Elevation: 8670 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 8.1 miles
Area: Little Cottonwood Canyon
Area Location: East on 9400 S (SR210) in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: The trail starts in Alta where a paved road heading north leaves the main road. It goes past a church and the city offices. Follow the road through 2 switchbacks until you get to a junction. The junction to the north goes toward Cardiff Pass and Flagstaff Peak. The trail east goes through Grizzly Gulch toward Twin Lakes Pass.


Waypoint 1
Cardiff Pass
 Elevation: 10020  Feature: Saddle
Notes: Cardiff Pass is probably one of the easiest locations to get to on the jagged Cottonwood Ridge. The rest of the range requires more skill and nerves. See the Snowbird/Alta ski resorts to the south and Mill D (Cardiff) Canyon to the north.


Destination
Mount Superior & Monte Cristo
 Elevation: 11132  Feature: Peak
Notes: These 2 peaks are so close together that I debated whether or not I should give each their own pages. Most trip reports and trail descriptions include both, so I decided to combine them. The peaks require mountaineering skills.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.592148    Longitude: -111.667055 

 WasatchHiker Map (shows trails)    
 Google Map (shows lat/lon on map)


External Links
for this trail
Photos  UtahPictures
 UtahPictures
Route Description  SummitPost
Trip Report  Micks Mountain


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