Trail Details

Pioneer Peak from Brighton Lakes Trailhead<br />via Sunset Peak

Pioneer Peak from Brighton Lakes Trailhead
via Sunset Peak

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 3.5 to 5.5 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 6.6 miles
 Elevation Gain: 1680 feet
 Main Aspect: Northeast
 Climb Rate: 509 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 10%
Notes: The route is straightforward, down the Sunset Peak ridge and up the Pioneer Peak ridge. 2
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos  Links

Brighton Lakes TH
Trailhead Elevation: 8760 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: No
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 14.7 miles
Area: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Area Location: East on 7200 S (SR190) in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: Park near the Brighton Center. The trail starts on the right side of the main building and heads southeast along the edge of a ski run.

Waypoint 1
Lake Mary
 Elevation: 9520  Feature: Lake
Notes: The lake sits beneath several rugged peak. It’s actually 2 lakes made into one by a dam.
Waypoint 2
Lake Martha
 Elevation: 9580  Feature: Lake
Notes: It is a quiet Lake off the trail. Most people see it from a distance as they make their way toward Lake Catherine or Catherine Pass.
Waypoint 3
Lake Catherine
 Elevation: 9950  Feature: Lake
Notes: It is a pristine alpine lake sitting below Sunset Peak. It was named after the Catherine Brighton, who helped her husband run the Brighton hotel in the early years.
Waypoint 4
Catherine Pass
 Elevation: 10220  Feature: Saddle
Notes: The pass seems to be the center of many great hikes. It sits on the divide between Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyon, and is the gateway to several peaks.
Waypoint 5
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.

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.

Location and Maps
 Latitude: 40.581290    Longitude: -111.587775 

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External Links
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