Summary: This trail leads you to the top of Mount Raymond, which is one of the most prominent peaks on the north side of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The trail is very popular and easy to follow. There are many excellent guide books that provide great detail about this hike. The only difficult spot is the last couple hundred yards along the summit ridge. The trail is faint and almost disappears as it weaves along the craggy ridge line. The views from the summit are spectacular and are some of the best to be had from Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Trailhead: Take I-215 South until you reach the 6200 South exit. Turn right onto Wasatch Boulevard, then turn left at Big Cottonwood Canyon. Continue up Big Cottonwood Canyon for another 8 miles to the Butler Canyon trailhead located on the north side of the road.
Trail Guides for Mount Raymond: Butler Fork Trailhead:
Hiking the Wasatch
by John Veranth (University of Utah Press)
Utah Favorite Hiking Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing Company)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Wasatch-Cache National Forest (801) 466-6411
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Hiker on 8/1/2012
I'd just like to add that Caleb is an idiot. People's right to not have piss in their water trumps your desire to bring your stupid dog with you.
Reviewed by BAS on 9/4/2011
Caleb, I'm sure the water quality experts and forest managers are dying for your highly informed opinion. Of course, they probably have this policy for no reason other than to spite you personally, so who knows. As for the hike, I found it to be pretty meh. Very overgrown with meadow wildflowers. The blooms are nice, but less so when they're 5 feet, blocking the trail, and obscuring any other scenery. About 95% of the trail from the first junction and Blair Pass is like this. Part of the tread is also in bad shape - excessive cross-slope, loose roots, etc. The trail to the summit is not official and it shows. Decent views, but there are better in the range. This might be better earlier in spring, but not good enough for me to repeat.
Reviewed by Caleb on 6/25/2006
Don't plan on taking your dog. Apparently this is a "protected watershed area". What a huge crock. Isn't that what we have treatment plants for?? Are there not animals in the forest that have waste as well??
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