(round trip), while taking the tram, only requires about a 2-3 hour hike (round trip). Many experienced Peak Baggers may scoff at you for taking the tram up, then hiking to the summit, but being able to cross the knife edge is a feat in itself!
To get to Snowbird from SLC, drive East on I-80, then take I-215 south. Take exit 6 for Wasatch Blvd, and head East/South. Follow this road, past Big Cottonwood Canyon (south past the 7-11). You'll drive past a few lights, and the road will naturally curve into Little Cottonwood Canyon. Drive up LCC for about 8 miles until you see the sign for the Snowbird Aerial Tram. After you park, continue following signs as you walk towards the ticket office, and take the tram up to the ridge. Restrooms, food, water, and emergency services are available at the Tram Lodge.
Distance: 2.2 miles (RT)
Elevation gain: 960 ft
Time: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly? No, LCC is part of the watershed, so dogs are not allowed in any part of the canyon.
Kid friendly? No
Fees/Permits: If you take the Snowbird tram, each ticket is $20, no permit is needed (keep an eye out for 2 for 1 coupons online).
Loading into the Snowbird Tram at around 4:30pm - only 3 of us on the tram on a Thursday afternoon!
Riding up and over Snowbird.
Arriving at the Tram and Lodge on the ridgeline.
Our first view of American Fork Twin Peaks! Once you get off the tram, continue straight down the steep dirt road past the ski lift.
At the small hill, hike up past all three of these signs.
July is a perfect time to summit, as the wildflowers are still in full bloom.
Starting out, there is a faint trail for the first 100 yards on the ridge.
First obstacle - scrambling over or around boulders with tress blocking the way.
@Nicole04321 works her way across the ridge. This is looking back to where we started at the lodge.
At the narrowest, the knife edge is only about 1 foot wide.
Skirting my way around the trees to get to the next boulder. There are 3 main sections of the trail, as I will be referring to. The white rocks (1st section), black rocks (2nd section), and the summit trail (3rd section). The 1st section is the hardest with the most awkward and hard-to-maneuver scrambles. From this point, you can clearly see the black rocks. It looks much steeper than where you are currently hiking, but trust me, ridges and summits always look worse than they actually are. If you feel shaky or scared, just take it really slow across this 1st section (white rocks). I never look down - I always keep my focus on my hands and feet.
Finally past the 1st section, and now in the midst of the black rocks. You'll see some faint trails and footprints going every direction, but I highly recommend that you stay as close to the ridge as possible. Every time you start you head down, you'll have to hike back up - conserve your energy and just stay as high as possible.
#Selfie after completing section 2!
This hike I wore my "Color Run" headband by FitnessFox Headbands - great for keeping my hair out of my eyes while constantly looking down at my hands and feet!
Section 3 (summit trail), has loose rock. You'll want to make sure you wear shoes with really good tread. Nicole's shoes were worn down, so she needed help from side rocks to get up this part.
Working our way up the summit trail - steep, loose rock at every corner. It wasn't so steep that I couldn't stand up straight though - just be careful where you step so you don't slip.
We made it to the 1st twin peak summit in 1 hour. This is looking East, towards Heber City, UT.
You can't summit one peak without the other and call it Twin Peaks! Hiking over to the next peak is a mere 5-10 minute walk. No more scrambling or boulder hoping here!
At the 2nd American Fork Twin Peak, just to the West. The ridge in the distance is the northern side of the Little Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline, and you have excellent views of Mt. Superior & Monte Cristo, as well as the Broads Fork Twin Peaks.
Looking to the South from American Fork Twin Peaks. The large dry, lake you see is actually the Silver Lake Reservoir in American Fork Canyon.