Trail Details

Pioneer Peak from Catherine Pass Trailhead<br />via Sunset Peak

Pioneer Peak from Catherine Pass Trailhead
via Sunset Peak

 Hike Time (roundtrip): 2.5 to 4.0 hours
 Distance (roundtrip): 4.8 miles
 Elevation Gain: 1060 feet
 Main Aspect: ALL
 Climb Rate: 442 feet per mile
 Average Grade: 8%
Notes: The route is straightforward, down the Sunset Peak ridge and up the Pioneer Peak ridge. 1
Trail shortcuts: Waypoints  Destination  Maps/Aerial Photos

Catherine Pass TH
Trailhead Elevation: 9380 ft
Trailhead Outhouse: Yes
Distance from Park-N-Ride: 10.6 miles
Area: Little Cottonwood Canyon
Area Location: East on 9400 S (SR210) in Salt Lake County
Area Fee: None
Dogs Allowed: No
Notes: There is a parking lot near the Catherine Pass trailhead (TH), but the basin gets busy on weekends. Quite often, volunteers stand at a booth near the upper Alta parking lot to encourage people to walk from there or take a free shuttle.

Waypoint 1
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 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.

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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