Salt Lake City: Big Spring Hollow Loop

Snowshoe or ski into a winter paradise on this 4.7-miler that loops past a mountain spring and finishes with a downhill sprint.
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Snowshoe or ski into a winter paradise on this 4.7-miler that loops past a mountain spring and finishes with a downhill sprint.

Mapped by Chris Bartholomew

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.5

Waypoints

BIG001

Location: 40.332389831543, -111.524200439453

From S end of lot, point ski tips or snowshoes L onto fire road bordered with scrub oak; begin steady ascent NE, then SE

BIG002

Location: 40.3306503295898, -111.520797729492

Fire road ends next to barn with rusty, outdated farm equipment. Next, cut S across meadow

BIG003

Location: 40.3252105712891, -111.520401000977

Bear R onto wide double track that climbs between scrub oak and maple. In 800 ft., trail zigs R, contouring N

BIG004

Location: 40.3241195678711, -111.523300170898

Stay R @ Y for NW traverse (narrow side trail on L leads to Great Western Trail)

BIG005

Location: 40.3276100158691, -111.526496887207

Trail wraps SW around ridge; snowy meadow is a perfect canvas for creating snow angels. Ahead, sweet vistas of Cascade Mtn.'s 4 peaks unfold to the SW

BIG006

Location: 40.3244514465332, -111.529602050781

Glide across another meadow where deer, elk, and occasional moose roam

BIG007

Location: 40.3230209350586, -111.532203674316

Turn L @ T onto Spring Hollow Rd. for brief .3-mi. stretch

BIG008

Location: 40.3200607299805, -111.535697937012

Bear L @ Y onto Big Springs Trail; glide SW between Douglas fir and aspen

BIG009

Location: 40.316219329834, -111.538696289062

Stay straight @ 3-way

BIG010

Location: 40.314525604248, -111.539810180664

Big Springs: Ice-cold streams cascade down mountainside. In summer, see columbine and lupine. Next, cross bridge and head W through aspen groves

BIG011

Location: 40.3133239746094, -111.541969299316

Turn R @ T for fast downhill back to trailhead on dirt road