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


Left onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd at mile 13.8 

 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Big Cottonwood Canyon RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.


  • Distance:                           16.9 miles                    

  • Beginning elevation:        4,911'

  • Ending elevation:             9,729'

  • Elevation gained:            4,900'

  • Average Grade:              5.8%

  • Fiets Index:                     9.83
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Wasatch Blvd and Big Cottonwood Parking  (40.61933, -111.78945 latitude/longitude) 21 miles south east of Salt Lake City International Airport)

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

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Cycling and Climbing Utah Big Cottonwood Canyon to Guardsman Pass