Route Color Code

  • Guardsman Pass
  • Little Cottonwood Canyon
  • Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Empire Pass (Midway)
  • Empire Pass (Park City)

Statistics and Details

  • Distance:                             10.5 miles                    

  • Beginning elevation:            5,390'

  • Ending elevation:                  9,384'

  • Elevation gained:                 3,988'

  • Average Grade:                   7.1%

  • Fiets Index:                          10.64
  • Location:  Climb begins at the Little Cottonwood Parking lot at the junction of Highways 209 and 210, Granite, UT (40.57271, -111.77647 latitude/longitude) 24 miles east of Salt Lake City International Airport)

Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.

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Finish​ - near the top of Alta's Sunnyside ski lift

2 miles from finish - Alta parking lot​ 

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Cycling and Climbing Utah

Little Cottonwood Canyon