Maybird Gulch October 1-2 2011


Not all those who wander are lost
Feb 11, 2012
On a beautiful October the first of 2011 myself and my two friends Markus and Sam thought we would do an overnight backpacking trip up to the Maybird Lakes in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Maybird Gulch is accessed from the White Pine trailhead and is the next gulch over from Red Pine Gulch which definitely sees a lot more traffic than Maybird so if relative solitude is what you seek Maybird is great . Sitting under the 11,326 foot peak the Pfiefferhorn (which is without a doubt my favorite peak in Utah), Maybird Gulch offers a plethora of the scenic beauty the Wasatch is known for.

We left the White Pine trailhead at about noon and started up the trail. The fall colors were exploding everywhere and the slopes below Twin, O'sullivan, and Dromedary peaks on the other side of the canyon were covered top to bottom in red, yellow and orange. The trail is easy to follow and if you are used to hiking at high elevations it's a breeze even considering the huge elevation gain from top to bottom. From the trailhead to the Maybird Lakes it's about 3.5 miles and it took us about 2 and a half hours if I remember correctly.

Once at the lakes we set up camp and started lounging. There aren't many good spots to put a tent at either of the Maybird Lakes due to the fact that most of the area around the lakes is either sloped or very rocky but we found a decent spot and after some ground leveling the great lounging of 2011 began. Luckily we only brought my 3 person tent so we didn't have to worry about space for two tents. After the lounging and dinner we climbed to the top the steep hill above the lakes to catch an amazing sunset... As a side note if you backpack Maybird gulch or Redpine Lakes in either June or July be sure to get up high to catch the sunset. The views are amazing and when the sun sets it reflects on the Great Salt Lake which makes it look like two suns are converging into one and then they both go out...very cool.

The next day we had planned just to explore the upper reaches of Maybird but I was a dunce and had forgot my jacket at the top of the hill the night prior so we decided to climb back to the top of the hill and then ascend the ridge to look into Red Pine, then cut across the moraine under the Pfiefferhorn and up the opposite ridge to look into Hogum Fork. After reclaiming my jacket from the mountain we ascended the brutally steep (and sketchy) ridge to look into Red Pine. The views of White Baldy are fantastic from there and you can see both of the Red Pine Lakes. It's also worth noting that if you want to see nobody at all there is a pretty big pond and a meadow on top of the hill above the Maybird lakes that would make an excellent camp spot with great views.

Next we climbed down and cut across the moraine below the Pfiefferhorn where we saw a family of 8-9 mountain goats doing their goat thing on the steep slopes below the mountain. I know it is what they are made to do but it always amazes me how mountain goats can go up nearly vertical sheer rock faces. After watching them climb for a while we headed up the equally steep but somewhat less sketchy ridge to look into Hogum fork. Hogum fork is a really cool canyon with plenty of knife ridges and cool rock features that definitely call for exploration. From there we headed back to camp and back down to the trailhead.

Here's the picturinos. I don't own a camera and these were taken with my phone so they aren't the best quality. You get the idea though.


Aug 9, 2007
Not too shabby for a cel phone! I really need to do more in The Wasatch. Crazy that I live so close to this stuff but never explore any of it.


Not all those who wander are lost
Feb 11, 2012
Yeah there isn't too much to backpack in the Wasatch (at lest near SLC) but it's still beautiful. BTW Nick I like how you put Puscifer in some of your time lapse videos. Puscifer kills it.


Aug 9, 2007
Yeah there isn't too much to backpack in the Wasatch (at lest near SLC) but it's still beautiful. BTW Nick I like how you put Puscifer in some of your time lapse videos. Puscifer kills it.

Yep. I love me some Puscifer. Some of their tunes are killer for that kind of thing, I wish they went a bit longer without lyrics at times though (for time lapses). :cool:
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
regehr Maybird Gulch bridge is broken Hiking & Camping 4
Ugly Sleeping with Pfieff, Maybird in May, or Summer -Winter Backpacking Winter Sports 7
RyanP Grand Gulch last-minute questions Trip Planning 14
fiber Lower Grand Gulch Pour-off Trip Planning 9
C Grand Gulch Cedar Mesa Utah 11 Day Backpack October 2022 Backpacking 10
TrailScot Dripping Canyon to Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, Utah - March 2022 Hiking & Camping 7
XID_AZ Coyote Gulch Northish Side Canyons Trip Planning 0
Janice Vermillion Cliffs Trip - Part 3 - Buckskin Gulch Hiking & Camping 3
H Access to Grand Gulch via Water Canyon Trip Planning 2
XID_AZ Willow Gulch from Hole in the Rock Trip Planning 4
D Springs in Grand Gulch 2022 Trip Planning 21
D Grand Gulch Shuttle Trip Planning 4
TrailScot Step Canyon access to Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa Trip Planning 7
RyanP Coyote Gulch to Halls Creek via Steven's Canyon and the Baker Route (car/key swap) Meet Up (Members Only) 8
A Coyote Gulch crowds? Trip Planning 0
C Coyote Gulch via Chimney rock trail Trip Planning 0
priz1234 The Gulch Escalante 4/17-4/18 Backpacking 2
Outdoors24 Willow/Davis Gulch Packrafting Backpacking 6
J Grand Gulch (Kane to Bullet) Water Availability Trip Planning 9
J Trip first week of April 2021 Southern UT/Anywhere AZ - Death Hollow, Coyote Gulch, or other suggestions? Trip Planning 9
D Coyote Gulch to Lake Powell Trip Planning 8
gnwatts Grand Gulch, 11-13-20 Backpacking 30
gnwatts Grand Gulch water Trip Planning 6
D Coyote Gulch additional parking Trip Planning 3
fossana Wire Pass fire (impacting House Rock Rd/Buckskin Gulch) Trip Planning 3
RyanP Coyote Gulch to Halls Creek via Stevens Canyon Trip Planning 28
chandlerwest Buckskin Gulch - What a Unique Experience Hiking & Camping 5
F Coyote Gulch via Dry Fork? Trip Planning 2
Devin Ashby The Lower Gulch - Escalante (Seeking info on the route) Trip Planning 14
J Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, UT-AZ Backpack: April 26-29, 2019: Day 1 Buckskin Gulch Backpacking 2
fossana Grand Gulch Pt 2 - Todie to Sheiks loop Hiking & Camping 9
fossana Grand Gulch Pt 1 - Slickhorn 3rd to Trail Fork loop Hiking & Camping 6
Jon Carbaugh A Leisurely Stroll Through Coyote Gulch Backpacking 11
J Who's done Steep Creek Canyon off Boulder Mtn folows into the Gulch at the Burr Trail? Trip Planning 3
DrNed Coyote Gulch Pit Toilet Trip Planning 14
piper01 The Upper Gulch and Egg Canyon, GSENM Backpacking 6
Mikjik86 Backpacking Coyote Gulch, 3 Days, 2 Nights- October 2018 Backpacking 2
dakoolme Buckskin Gulch or ??? Trip Planning 1
Devin Ashby The Gulch to Horse Canyon Loop - From Burr Trail Trip Planning 5
Brian Dickson Buckskin Gulch conditions? Trip Planning 7
P Info for The Gulch to Horse Canyon Loop. (canyoneering 3 # 32) Trip Planning 11
WasatchWill Willow Meets Willow Gulch Backpacking 21
WasatchWill Pleasant Creek to Sheets Gulch: From Failure to Success Backpacking 12
J Dayhikes GSENM, Cap Reef, Behind the Rocks: Deer Cr, Tanks, Sheets Gulch, Moab Rim Apr. 4 to 8, 2018 Hiking & Camping 0
stevecochranephotography Wire Pass Trail - Buckskin Gulch, Utah Hiking & Camping 1
George_Washington_Hayduke Twilight Canyon- Cottonwood Gulch- Llewellyn Gulch- 8 Days Backpacking/Packrafting Backpacking 15
P Grand Gulch Water/Alternative Trip Trip Planning 3
cjhaines Coyote Gulch Trailhead Trip Planning 2
SKLund Bears Ears: Jamming Government to Gulch Backpacking 1
Stephanie Quick trip to Coyote Gulch via Red Well Trip Planning 4

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.