Hike to Maybird Lakes
TRAILHEAD ELEV.: 7,704 ft (2,348 m)
NET ELEV. GAIN: 1,946 ft (593 m)
TOTAL DISTANCE: 6.50 mi (10.46 km)
TRAIL TYPE: There-and-back
DOGS ALLOWED: No
ROAD CONDITION: Paved
DAY-USE/PARKING PASS REQ'D: Not Required
Maybird Gulch is a rugged piece of the Lone Peak Wilderness in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Less crowded, but certainly not less beautiful than nearby Red Pine and White Pine Canyons, Maybird Gulch draws hikers with great views, summer wildflowers, and Maybird Lakes, a group of small lakes surrounded by high peaks. Here the majestic Pfeifferhorn (11,329 feet) towers overhead, and to the north, the skyline is punctuated by a row of eleveners across the canyon: Twin Peaks (11,328 and 11,330 feet), Sunrise Peak (11,275 feet, called “O’Sullivan” on USGS maps), and Dromedary Peak (11,107 feet).
At Maybird Lakes, watch for pikas, which are abundant in the surrounding boulder fields and scree slopes. In summer, wildflowers such as columbines, lupines, and Indian paintbrush flourish in the grassy margins around the lakes. Watch for moose in this area as well; they are occasionally spotted in the meadows near the trailhead and further up the drainages.
Getting there (from Salt Lake City, UT):
From Salt Lake City, take I-15 S/I-80 E. (1.6 mi)
Merge onto I-15 S/I-80 E. (2.0 mi)
Keep left at the fork to continue on I-15 S. (5.9 mi)
Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 298 to merge onto I-215 E/Belt Route. (5.5 mi) Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 6 for UT-190 E toward 3000 E. (0.3 mi) Keep left, follow signs for 6200 South E. (341 ft)
Turn right onto UT-190 E/E 6200 S/Big Cottonwood Rd S. (1.7 mi)
Continue onto S Wasatch Blvd. (2.2 mi)
Continue onto UT-210 S/N Little Cottonwood Rd. (1.6 mi)
Continue straight onto UT-210 E. (5.3 mi)
White Pine trailhead is on the right.
Hike will start at 9 am, please be at trailhead by 8:45 am
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