This road is not plowed during winter - this is a summer/fall outing. During summer it takes you past fields of wildflowers, flanked by evergreens, aspen trees and other lush mountain foliage. The scenery is most spectacular during fall, when the aspens turn orange/yellow and oaks radiate hues of red. Views from the ridge overlooking Heber Valley, Snyderville Basin near Park City, and the Salt Lake Valley seem endless. From Bonanza Flat at the head of Pine Creek Canyon, one road branches right into Park City, past the Ontario Mine. The left branch continues over Guardsman Pass into Big Cottonwood Canyon and Brighton Ski Resort.
Big Cottonwood Canyon winds its way along towering canyon walls, following the creek, to reach Salt Lake Valley. The drive from Midway to Guardsman Pass is approximately 7 miles along a mostly gravel road with some steep drop-offs. Restrooms are available only at the Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitor Center in Midway or beyond Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon. To access Pine Creek Canyon and Guardsman Pass, stay to the right past the state park visitor center and travel northwest into the Canyon.
|1.||Head north on S Main St toward W 400 S/W 4th S||0.3 mi|
|2.||Turn left onto W 100 S/W 1st S||0.7 mi|
|3.||Continue onto UT-113 W/W Midway Ln Continue to follow UT-113 W||2.1 mi|
|4.||Turn right onto River Rd N||1.2 mi|
|5.||At the traffic circle, take the 4th exit onto E 1050 N||1.0 mi|
|6.||Turn left onto 350 W St/Pine Canyon Rd||0.1 mi|
|7.||Head north on 350 W St/Pine Canyon Rd toward Meadow Creek Ln||0.1 mi|
|8.||Turn left to stay on 350 W St/Pine Canyon Rd||482 ft|
|9.||Slight right onto Pine Canyon Rd This road may be seasonally closed||5.3 mi|
|10.||Continue onto UT-224 N This road may be seasonally closed||2.4 mi|
|11.||Turn right to stay on UT-224 N This road may be seasonally closed||62 ft|
|12.||Turn left onto State Route 152 This road may be seasonally closed||2.8 mi|
|13.||Turn left onto E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd This road may be seasonally closed||1.4 mi|
|14.||Turn left to stay on E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd This road may be seasonally closed Destination will be on the right||0.4 mi|