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Mount Wolverine

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Mount Wolverine is the peak that separates Brighton Lake Mary with Twin Lakes and is between Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon. It has amazing views from the top of all four lakes!

Most years these peaks have some snow into August, but this year the snow has melted much more quickly and so these peaks are more accessible sooner.

These photos are from the beginning of last September. All of the wildflowers were in bloom! This year I bet they’ll peak in August.

This mountain can be climbed from Big Cottonwood Canyon or Little Cottonwood Canyon, but it is significantly harder from Big Cottonwood. There is some scrambling at the top, but it is only a moderate difficulty coming from Catherine’s Pass above Alta in Little Cottonwood.


We hiked it early so we were watching the sunrise as we hiked!

The first peak you reach is Mt. Tuscarora. From there you can see the three sister lakes.

Then you start heading back to Mt. Wolverine. On the left you see part of Twin Lakes and on the right you see Lake Mary.

The 360° views from the top are amazing! You can look over into Heber, see both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, see so many mountains, several lakes and even a little view of the Salt Lake valley! The mountains directly to the right of that view of the valley are Mount Superior and Monte Cristo.

From Mount Wolverine, you can continue along the ridgeline to Patsy Marley Peak, detour to Mount Millicent, or turn around and head back, potentially including Sunset Peak.

Mount Wolverine via Catherine’s Pass

Stats: Distance – 4.1 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 2-3 hours
Elevation gain – 1453 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks, scrambling over rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – July-October
Permits needed – $8 to park in Albion Basin (Add’s 1.7 mile and some elevation to walk from Alta for free parking)
Pets allowed – No

Mount Wolverine via Brighton Lakes

Stats: Distance – 5.9 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 2-4 hours
Elevation gain – 2076 feet
Difficulty – Difficult
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks, scrambling over rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – July – October
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – No


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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