Bowman Fork Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews

Bowman Fork Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is accessible from July until October.

8.6 miles 3244 feet Out & Back

hiking

cross country skiing

Directions from Salt Lake City: Access #1: Follow Mill Creek Canyon Road (3800 South Wasatch Blvd.) about 4.5 miles up the canyon at Terraces Picnic area. Follow the road up the hill and at the junction turn south (right). Trail begins above the turn around. Access #2: Via Alexander Basin Trail or via Desolation Trail coming from Mill D North Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon or the Big Water Trail in upper Mill Creek Canyon.

3 days ago

Pretty steady climb up- we took the Bakers Pass (vs. Alexandria basin trail) trail but stopped short of the pass because of the snow (didnt have the best gear). Once you get up high enough you can see down Millcreek canyon, over Grandeur peak and out to antelope island/salt lake. Pretty with the leaves changing and the white from the snow.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful, shady, good workout. Not many people. Loved it

hiking
17 days ago

Gorgeous views and a moderate hiking level. We didn't go all the way up but found a nice lookout point. It was lush and green!

hiking
24 days ago

I took this as far as the White Fur Pass trail and then cut over to Alexander Basin. It is a very nice, moderate grade trail. The slopes on the southern side of Mill Creek are probably the easiest way for those of us in the Northern half of SLC to get to the beautiful mixed forests of the Wasatch, and this trail is a lovely case in point. White Fur Pass is pretty overgrown, but can make a nice loop that isn't too long.

1 month ago

Great hike with just about everything, mellow in places and steeper in places.. Lots of shade, then lots of exposure. A nice amount of elevation gain. One of my regulars, some times twice a week.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous!

backpacking
2 months ago

Had a great hike. Started early to avoid the heat. Flowers were great in the
Baker Spring area

2 months ago

great hike (: Just lots of bugs and flies that like to bug you

hiking
2 months ago

We like this trail a lot for taking our 8month old baby in a pack and getting our wild dog out in the mountains. We only go until the trail starts up way from creek bottom, but plenty of shade, water, wildflowers, butterflies, and GREEN!

3 months ago

very scenic and well shaded. dog loved the creek.

3 months ago

The creek was nice. Beautiful flowers and views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great variety on this trail as you ascend. We made it to the top of Gobblers knob in about 3 hours and down in 2. 10 miles total and 4200' from the road.

trail running
3 months ago

One of the best trails in Millcreek. Every type of mountain terrain and plenty steep.

4 months ago

Trail was challenging and scenery beautifully, but it was far too busy.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun and challenging trail even for seasoned hikers. Lots of snow up there but snowshoes aren't necessary, just spikes and poles (in my opinion).

hiking
1 year ago

Nice hike, great for dogs with the creek running along side for most of the early portions.

hiking
1 year ago

I love this hike. So many great things like a creek, plenty of shade, some challenge, great sights, and variety. Dogs can be off leash on odd days and on leash on even.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked Bowman Fork to Alexander Basin. Gorgeous hike!! Love that the first part is nicely shaded along the creek! Lots of bushwhacking once we started the trail to Alexander. But so worth it! Amazing views! This is a steep hike!

hiking
1 year ago

Took Bowman Fork to Baker's pass and onto Gobblers Knob then through Alexander Basin and to the cross trail to loop back into Bowman's Fork. 11 miles total. The wildflowers were gorgeous leading to Baker's pass. Up to Baker's pass the trail is a moderate climb but well defined and beautiful Up to Gobblers Knob it is a steep climb ( a little rocky) and when you think you crested you will still have a little more. Well worth it! The view is spectacular, a favorite! The chipmunks at the top are a little crazy. It is a steep and rocky descend to Alexander Basin so watch your footing. Another beautiful display of wildflowers against dramatic rocks. Looking back to Gobbler's Knob you can appreciate the climb to reach the top. The trail was defined in Alexander Basin but the vegetation is high and if you are wearing shorts you will get swiped by plants. The bees are busy but there was no problem. Taking the cross route to Bowman's was tricky. Again the trail was no problem to find, it is marked but the overgrowth could use some bush wacking, a machete would have been helpful. It is a climb toward Bowman. For us it was made trickier because of thunderstorms. With all said, we would definitely do it again and again!

trail running
1 year ago

A very nice trail with some steep inclines, leading to Baker Pass and peaks. Do not go through the trail to Alexander Basin. Tried twice already. There are overgrown vegetation and runoff sections in the summer. Hikeable but unrunnable.