Trail Details

Great Western Trail Cottonwoods from Pole Line Pass Trailhead<br />via Clayton Peak

Great Western Trail Cottonwoods from Pole Line Pass Trailhead
via Clayton Peak

 Hike Time: 8.0 to 13.5 hours
 Distance: 8.5 miles
 Elevation Gain: 4760 feet
 Main Aspect: All Directions
 Climb Rate: 560 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 11%
Notes: The Great Western Trail leaves American Fork Canyon in this section and travels past both Cottonwood Canyons. 2
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos


Trailhead
Pole Line Pass TH

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Trailhead Elevation: 8730 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Fee Station: 15.4 miles
Area: American Fork Canyon
Area Location: East on Timpanogos Hwy (SR92), exit 284 in Utah County
Area Fee: $6
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Notes: Follow the Tibble Fork dirt road past Dutchman Flat. Take the right fork at the Cascade Springs junction and follow it to the summit


Waypoint 1
Ant Knolls
 Elevation: 9840  Feature: Peak
Notes: This is one of the many highpoints along the Great Western Trail. As with any highpoint in this area, it has great views of surrounding mountains.
Waypoint 2
Sunset Peak
 Elevation: 10648  Feature: Peak
Notes: This is one of the easiest peak hikes in the Wasatch. It takes about an hour from the Alta side and about an hour and a half from Brighton. You can see Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood and Snake Creek drainages from here. This is a good family hike for families with older children.
Waypoint 3
Pioneer Peak
 Elevation: 10440  Feature: Peak
Notes: Lots of people get to Pioneer Peaks neighbor, Sunset Peak. Very few venture over to this peak. It sits above Lake Catherine and Dog Lake.
Waypoint 4
Preston Peak
 Elevation: 10285  Feature: Peak
Notes: Preston Peak is on the ridge between Pioneer Peak and Clayton Peak. There is a plaque on the highest rock telling you where you are.
Waypoint 5
Snake Creek Pass
 Elevation: 10080  Feature: Saddle
Notes: The pass is near the top of the Brighton Ski Resort runs. From here, you can continue on to Clayton Peak, Preston Peak or Pioneer Peak.
Waypoint 6
Clayton Peak
 Elevation: 10721  AKA: Mount Majestic
 Feature: Peak
Notes: Clayton Peak (Mt Majestic) is the east boundary of Brighton Ski Resort. The peak towers over upper Big Cottonwood Canyon to the west and Bonanza Flat to the east.


Destination
Great Western Trail Cottonwoods
 Elevation: 9700  AKA: Mount Majestic
 Feature: Trail-Distance
Notes: The GWT is a 4500 mile trail that runs from Mexico to Canada.


Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.580878    Longitude: -111.592960 

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