This paved trail traverses the slopes of Snowbird Ski Resort offering easy access to the gorgeous alpine scenery of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The trail ends at an observation deck above Gad Valley with a fantastic view of the canyon. The trail itself is only about one mile round trip but with the walk from the parking area plan on about 1.5 miles. The trail surface is paved for the entire length making it accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. This hike is suitable for children and adults of all skill levels.


The Barrier Free Trail begins at Snowbird Center at 9600 Little Cottonwood Road in Snowbird, Utah. To reach the trailhead from I-215 in Salt Lake City:

  1. Take Exit 6 for 6200 S/Wasatch Blvd.
  2. Drive south on Wasatch Blvd. for 3.9 miles.
  3. Bear left onto UT-210/Little Cottonwood Canyon Road and continue up the canyon 8.0 miles.
  4. Turn right at Entry 2 into Snowbird Resort.
  5. Continue through the parking lot for 0.4 miles to Snowbird Center (40.58085,-111.65794).

The Hike

From the parking area, begin walking northeast toward Snowbird Center. Enter the building and use the stairs or elevator to reach the Plaza Deck. Walk to the southeast corner of the plaza where a bridge crosses the river with a sign pointing toward the Barrier Free Trail. The trail begins near the base of the Peruvian chairlift. Turn south onto the Barrier Free Trail.

Continue walking as the trail climbs gradually amongst fir and aspen trees and an abundance of wildflowers. Several interpretive signs along the path provide information on the history, geology and native plants that adorn the high altitude Wasatch landscape.

After just over a half mile, the trail ends at an observation deck overlooking Gad Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon. When you’re done taking in the view, return the way you came.

Rules and Regulations

  • No dogs allowed.
  • Pack out all trash.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.