Mount Superior - South Ridge ♦︎♦︎

Difficulty: Experts Only ♦︎♦︎

Length: 6 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 2,530 feet

Dog Friendly: No


Trailhead coordinates (copy + paste): 40.5865, -111.6530

Directions: Park on the North side of Little Cottonwood Canyon Road at the coordinates. Follow the trail from here up the rockslide area to the base of the ridge line. From here you will find your own scramble route all the way to the summit. From the top, take the normal trail down (you won't want to go back down the way you came up). This trail comes out about a mile up the road from where you started.


This route is a scramble from start to finish, and is not forgiving in that you cannot easily turn back without first reaching the summit. If you choose your hand and foot placements carefully and don't look down to often, the 2,000-plus-foot scramble to one of the Cottonwoods' most iconic summits will be a day to remember. A long scramble but still not a climb, the South Ridge doesn't require any climbing equipment, just a bit of mountain sense. After enjoying stunning views from the 11,040-foot summit, head down on the defined trail (this is the normal Mount Superior route), and follow it all the way to the bottom. After what you just ascended, the trek down will be a breeze. You will come out about a mile from the starting point, so just walk down the road from here to reach your car. See the last photo below for a full view of the ridge. Even if this route was appropriate for dogs, they couldn't comeno dogs allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Mount Superior South Ridge scramble
Mount Superior summit view
Mount Superior summit view
Mount Superior South Ridge
Mount Superior South Ridge