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Mt. Van Cott
Salt Lake City, UT

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down one of the trails to Mt. Van Cott
Looking down one of the trails to Mt. Van Cott

Route: Various trails

After navigating a series of university roads, I finally found myself at the dirt parking lot near Red Butte Canyon. While I had a map with me, I found the trails a little bit difficult to navigate, as there was no signage and many of them seemed like herd paths. Since the named summit doesn't have much prominence, it's easy to miss. Nonetheless, I was able to use my phone GPS to determine when I was in the right place. Virtually all of the terrain was wide open, so while the trails are confusing, one can almost always see the bottom.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Van Cott
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 26, 2013
Parking Elevation: 5,000'
Destination: Mt. Van Cott
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000'
Summit Elevation: 6,348'
Vertical Gain: 1,398'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,398'


The start of a trail departing from Red Butte Canyon Road
The start of a trail departing from Red Butte Canyon Road

Looking down one of the trails to Mt. Van Cott
Looking down one of the trails to Mt. Van Cott

Looking up Red Butte Canyon from near the summit of Mt. Van Cott - Click to enlarge
Looking up Red Butte Canyon from near the summit of Mt. Van Cott

Topographic map of Mt. Van Cott


Directions to trailhead: From Route 286, take Wakara Road uphill, then take a left onto Connor Road. This will become Red Butte Canyon Road. There is a dirt parking lot at the right just before the gate. A trail departs on the embankment at left.

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