Catherine's Pass

Alta, UT
Length: 3.90 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Catherine’s Pass is a trail that starts at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon at the Albion Basin and spans across to Big Cottonwood Canyon and Lake Catherine. The trail is only accessible in the summer for about two months when the summer road above the Town of Alta is open. The trailhead parking lot is really small, so get there early and avoid weekends and holidays if you can. There’s a $6 fee to bring a car into the Albion Basin.

More info and photos coming once the trail is open again in July!

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,115 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $6.00

The Town of Alta charges $6 per car to drive on the summer road that will get you to the trailhead. The road is usually open from July to early September. It’s a small parking lot and they won’t let in any cars if the lot is full. Go early if you want to get a spot. An alternative is to hike an additional 2 miles from the Alta Lodge to the trailhead or pat $10 to ride the Sunnyside Ski Lift up to the trailhead.

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.


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