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Hiking bridge in Mill Creek Canyon, Wasatch Mountains, Utah.Mill Creek Canyon

Hiking

This page contains information on hiking within Mill Creek Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

 

 

 


The content of this page was accurate on the date of its posting; it may have changed since that time. We recommend that you contact local authorities for current information. Our pages are only intended as a beginning to your journey.

Respect private property, stay on designated trails, and observe posted signs throughout the canyon. The following trails are rated Easier, More Difficult, and Most Difficult in accordance with Forest Service trail specifications.

Hiked

Check our personal notes for detailed descriptions of these trails:

Desolation Trail
Distance: 17.8 miles one way Rating: Strenuous
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Trailhead: The trailhead is located at the South Box Elder Picnic area, 3.2 miles up the canyon.
Description: This trail provides panoramic views of Mill Creek and Big Cottonwood Canyons. The western two thirds of this trail is in the Mount Olympus Wilderness. Mountain bikes are allowed. This trail connects with many trails in the Mill Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek canyons.
Dog Lake Trail
Distance:   Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
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Trailhead: From the Mill D North Fork Trailhead.
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East Branch of Butler Fork Trail
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Great Western Trail
Distance: 12.8 miles one way Rating: Strenuous
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Trailhead: The trail begins 9.1 miles up the canyon and continues along to Desolation Lake and Guardsman Pass Road.
Description: This trail is closed to bicycles from the trailhead to the ridge overlooking Park West on odd numbered calendar days.
Mill D North Fork
Distance: 1.5 miles one way Rating: Strenuous
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Trailhead: The trailhead is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Description: This trail connects with the Desolation Trail between Dog Lake and Desolation Lake.
Neffs Canyon Trail
Distance: 3.5 miles one way Rating: Strenuous
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Trailhead: The trail begins at the end of White Way Road in Olympus Cove.
Description: Provides access to Mt. Olympus Wilderness.
Pipeline Trail
Distance: 5.5 miles one way Rating: Easy
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Trailhead: Access the trail at Rattlesnake Gulch, 1.5 miles up the canyon, or, at Burch Hollow, 4.2 miles, or, at Elbow Fork, at 6.1 miles up the canyon.
Description: This trail follows an old flume line and is a popular mountain bike route.
Rattlesnake Gulch Trail
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Terraces to Elbow Fork and Pipeline Trail Loop
Distance: 2 miles one way Rating: Moderate
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Trailhead: The trailhead is located at the south end of the Terraces picnic area, 4.5 miles up the canyon, and at Elbow Fork, 6.1 miles up the canyon.
Description: Located within the Mount Olympus Wilderness.
Thaynes Canyon Trail
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Upper Millcreek Canyon Trail
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Wasatch Crest Ridge Trail
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Description: Great Western Trail, Millcreek to Brighton.

Not Hiked

  • Alexander Basin from Bowman Trail
  • Baker Spring from Bowman Trail
  • Big Water Trail
  • Bowman Fork Trail
  • Burch Hollow Trail
  • Church Fork Peak from Church Fork
  • Gobbler's Knob from Bowman Fork
  • Grandeur Peak from Church Fork
  • Lamb's Canyon Trail from Elbow Fork
  • Little Water Trail
  • Lookout Rock from Birch Hollow
  • Millcreek Ridge
  • Millvue Peak from Elbow Fork
  • Mount Aire from Elbow Fork
  • Murdock Peak from Big Water Trail
  • Park West Pass from Big Water Trail
  • Porter Fork Pass from Porter Fork
  • Soldier Fork and Wilson Fork Trails
  • Soldier Fork Pass from Soldier Fork
  • White Fir Pass from Bowman Trail
  • Wilson Fork Pass from Wilson Fork

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