Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of the most popular big climbs in Salt Lake City. While the Cottonwood Canyons are known for their winter skiing, they offer plenty for cyclists of all levels the rest of the year. The climb itself is used as a descent in the Tour of Utah, and like most other canyon climbs, is a reprieve from the heat of the summer.
The climb up Big Cottonwood Canyon takes you past Solitude Ski Resort and finishes at Brighton Ski area, where you’ll be rewarded with one of the better views of Pioneer Peak, Sunset Peak, and Mt. Wolverine to the southwest. While one can ride from the shop to here, there is a free parking lot at the base of the canyon for anyone looking to save their energy.