Snowbird Big Mountain Trail
Snowbird's Big Mountain Trail descends from the top of the tram on Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet elevation. It's an intermediate-technical singletrack, opened in 2014. From tram to parking lot, the route is 7.6 miles with 3000 feet of descending. The Snowbird tram ($20 for a day pass in 2014) takes you quickly to the top. Hero types can climb to the top either (A) early in the morning before the upper trail closes to climbing, or (B) by climbing the tram road, which is a brutal proposition. After 11 a.m., the route is downhill-only to the tram-road crossing at mile 5.7 from the top. (Start before 9!) The bottom 1.8 miles is two-way traffic all day.
BMT Singletrack Bottom to Top directions
(You must be at the top before 11 a.m.)
0.0   Cross cement bridge N40 34.771 W111 39.535
        Keep straight and uphill
0.2   Fork hard right on Dick Bass  N40 34.810 W111 39.348
0.25 R on singletrack N40 34.782 W111 39.366
0.3   Upper singletrack joins, keep straight
        N40 34.722 W111 39.438
0.5   Keep straight onto DT (Miner's Road)
0.6   R on singletrack N40 34.633 W111 39.752
0.7   Cross road to ST
1.2   Hard L at fork N40 34.448 W111 39.603
1.3   Cross Dick Bass N40 34.524 W111 39.635
1.9   Cross tram road N40 34.515 W111 39.448
3.2   Stay on ST at lifts and roads
7.5   ST arrives at final approach to tram
Never-Again Tram-Road Loop
0.0   Cross cement bridge N40 34.771 W111 39.535
        Keep straight and uphill
0.2   Fork hard right on Dick Bass
        N40 34.810 W111 39.348
        Keep straight on broad trail past 3 STs
0.6   BMT crosses, keep straight N40 34.521 W111 39.633
0.9   L uphill on gravel road N40 34.395 W111 39.521
1.0   Keep straight N40 34.506 W111 39.498
1.8   R and uphill (Peruvian Gulch)
        N40 34.546 W111 38.775
4.4   BMT on R, L uphill to tram
        N40 33.733 W111 38.767
4.5   Top, R&R and photo time, backtrack.
4.6    L on BMT N40 33.733 W111 38.767
10.2  Cross tram road N40 34.515 W111 39.448
         Begin two-way traffic!
10.7  Cross Dick Bass N40 34.521 W111 39.633
10.8  Hard R N40 34.457 W111 39.602
11.4  Cross road N40 34.596 W111 39.764
11.5  Join road downhill
11.6  Veer R onto ST N40 34.667 W111 39.618
11.8  Keep L N40 34.718 W111 39.440
11.9  L on Dick Bass
         L on gravel road
12.1  Back at bridge
Getting there:  From I-15, take the 90th South exit. Drive east. 90th South will veer southward to become 9400 South. Keep straight until you hit the mouth of the canyon. When the road ends at the stop sign at the Little Cottonwood Canyon road (U-210), turn right towards the flashing canyon sign. Drive 5.8 miles up the canyon. For the Tram Road trailhead, turn right into Snowbird Entry 1. Park immediately and cross Little Cottonwood Creek to find the Mid-Gad chairlift. Go to the left of the lift and begin climbing.
For the tram or the Dick Bass to tram road climb, continue to Entry 2, 0.5 miles further up-canyon. Park in the flat area along the creek. Pedal east toward the Tram and Snowbird Center. Cross the big cement bridge below the lodges. Pedal up the gravel road 0.2 miles, then either fork left downhill on paved trail to reach the Snowbird Plaza and tram, or fork right uphill for a brutal ugly climb.
Copyright 2014 Mad Scientist Software Inc. Trail conditions change. Use this trail guide at your own risk.