Cycling Little Cottonwood Canyon Salt Lake City

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Little Cottonwood Canyon - Salt Lake City

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.5 %

Length: 13.5 km

Altitude start: 1640 m

Altitude top: 2654 m

Ascent: 1014 m

Maximum: 18 %

Little Cottonwood Canyon rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 875 (all)
Ranking United States: 67 (all)
Ranking Wasatch Mountains: 3(all)
Difficulty score: 121.2 what?

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Brutal. 8.5 miles of relentless climb with no shade and the constant aroma of overheating radiators and tortured brake pads from passing cars. The hardest part is a 1.5 mile stretch ending just beyond the Tanner Flat campground. It eases up slightly before the final climb past Snowbird and up to the Alta parking lot where the pavement ends. From the light sign to the end of the pavement is 8.5 miles and 3480 vertical feet. If you are a real masochist you can keep on going up the dirt road to the Albion Basin campground!

The Little Cottonwood Canyon is situated in Utah. This climb belongs to the Wasatch Mountains. Starting from Salt Lake City, the Little Cottonwood Canyon ascent is 13.5 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1014 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.5 %. The maximum slope is 18 %.

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Story by Mike Silver from Salt Lake City, United States, submitted on 25/07/2015
I live in Salt Lake City and do this climb once or twice a week, sometimes more, May through October. For me (I''m 54), it''s a grind. There''s now a nice wide shoulder all the way to Alta at the top. Pretty fast descent.
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