DESCRIPTION: You can hike Mount Van Cott from the north side, near Dry Creek, or hike from Red Butte Canyon on the south side. We hiked from the south to the summit.
From Red Butte Canyon there are two trails up. One begins at the parking area near the first gate. The one we hiked is accessed near the top, before the second gate, on the left side of the dirt road.
Hiking up the trail, you'll cross the lower Red Butte Nature trail. At the next trail junction, to the left heading west is the Red Butte Skyline trail. Take the trail to the right if you want to hike to Mount Van Cott.
Stay on the main trail and don't take short cuts. The trail will head west up to a ridge, where you will hike to the top.
MILEAGE: 3 1/2 miles total
HIKE TIME: 3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,300'
NO RESTROOMS are available
GEAR: Hiking poles, water, sack lunch, jacket, hat, camera, energy snacks, and whatever else you might need.
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