Dog Lake Trail

MODERATE 153 reviews

Dog Lake Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, UT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles 1327 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Dogs are allowed off leash on odd days. Bikes are allowed on even days.

22 days ago

Not a hard hike. Very beautiful and the end is super pretty especially in the fall when the colors are changing. My dog loves to play in the water so that alone makes it worthwhile.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome trail run to a beautiful little lake. I love being able to let my dog off the leash to run with me. Go early so you can get a good parking spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike 4 days ago and it was great. It was so beautiful! There are quite a few trails off of this one, so you really could explore for quite a while if you wanted. If you don't like dogs, this is not the hike for you. Also, my GPS watch only clocked this as 4 miles total.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is a favorite. It is beautiful throughout, especially in the fall with all the trees. The incline is gradual. My dog enjoyed the lake at the end very much and made friends with lots of other dogs up there. Beautiful views on this hike. I will do it again for sure.

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backpacking
1 month ago

This is a very great fall hike!! The scenery includes pockets of pine between some Aspen trees!

I liked this hike because the trail starts with a pretty steady incline with flat parts that serve as a great breaks that help you keep a steady pace!

PS. Moose are around this trail. If you're lucky and see them around, just admire at a distance. they're pretty used to people but just be safe.

2 months ago

Dogs! Thank you chihuahua owner for providing me with a hardy laugh bringing your tiny dog on a 10km hike. The little dog that could!

hiking
2 months ago

Dog Lake is such a cool surprise to reach at the end of this trail! There's plenty of room for everyone on days when there are more people. We enjoyed picnicking and gawking at the beautiful scenery while watching our doggies splash around in the water.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

This is a really lovely, fairly easy trail. The surface is very soft dirt/pine needles, most of it is well shaded, and the grade is never steep. The trail shown on the map is (mostly) the "Big Water" trail, if you want an easier grade at the top go straight at the last intersection to remain on Big Water and take the longer but easier route. For a nice loop, go down via Little Water, which is somewhat steeper and shorter but equally nice. If you'd like to add a bit of challenge and nice views at the end (overall this hike does not rank well for views, that's the tradeoff of being in shade), climb from the saddle just before dog lake up to the little rise W of Little Water Peak, or go all the way up to Little Water Peak. Beautiful views of the surrounding area, but there isn't really much trail (and don't believe the map that has a trail down from Little Water Peak to the GWT, it doesn't exist.)

hiking
3 months ago

nice trail, lots of climbing right at the beginning, and steep for the last half mile before getting to the lake. watch out for mountain bike traffic.

3 months ago

A nice and easy out and back that my pooch loved. Very few hikers without dogs. Kid friendly.

3 months ago

Love this trail, moderate incline, great for pedaling

3 months ago

took little water up and big water down. fun trail with lots of dogs. took me 2 hours

3 months ago