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Steep hike with some ice and a bit of snow but a lot of mud. The weather was warm but it was windy and cold at the top. A great workout after all of the holiday gatherings so far.

Beautiful hike, shaded in the summer, open to the sun in some spots in winter.
Small bits of the path are icy/slushy right now, but most of it is nice fluffy fresh snow. Took about 3 hours up and back.

Nice moderate trail with some switchbacks to get up to the rock. Some benches have been put up at the top, which makes for a nice place to stop and rest. The trail is especially breathtaking in the fall. Accessible all year long. The trail is also really fun in the winter with the snow. Lots of people hike and bike the trail though, so watch out for bikers!

Great trail!

We started the hike from Terrace picnic area and ended near the Pipeline/Mt Aire trailhead. The gate to the road leading up to picnic area was closed due to snow so we had to hike extra half mile to get to the trailhead. Trail was fully covered in fresh powdered snow and we were the only ones hiking throughout. It was snowing almost the entire time we hiked. There aren’t major views but it opens up few times - the snowfall made the visibility of the valley low but made the scenery really pretty. Be careful, there were multiple trees uprooted on the trail towards last mile. It’s not 4.4 miles out and back as mentioned, I recorded 3 miles point to point.

I loved the trail. It was lightly trafficked mostly with hikers and a couple of mountain bikers. Got some amazing views from the top and also experienced the snowfall on my way up.

hiking
1 month ago

I liked this trail a lot. It is pretty rocky in some areas but not any big deal. There’s a lot of snow once you reach 9k feet and not being into postholing and wet socks I turned back. The old mine is pretty cool. Lots of water available all along the route if you filter. I’ll definitely be back to complete this one.

I love this trail. I love that dogs can use the trail too. Today, however, there were three young men on dirt bikes. That was not pleasant for so many reasons. This is the first time I’ve encountered dirt bikes and I hope it’s the last.

Fantastic trail, my first in the SLC area! I went there for a hike at 5pm and found it plenty busy with local joggers, bikers, and hikers, so don't go here for an isolated experience. Still, the amazing views, great plant variety, and Mill Creek right at the start make it easy to enjoy regardless of traffic. Most of the time there is ample room to let bikers past, but later on in the route it gets skinny, so be cautious and aware of your footing when you step aside for others.

I'm a 27 y/o male, and was able to go about 2 miles in an hour. I unfortunately had to turn back then due to approaching sunset, but even without reaching the rock (which you will see long before you get there), there are some spectacular scenes, especially at "The Boulders", about 1.6 miles in on this map.

Hiking up to Elephant Rock in Mueller Park was a beautiful hike all the way up. It is about 3.5 miles up. The hike does seem a little longer than normal (a causal uphill trail with a few switchbacks). I highly recommend to bring at least 1.5 liters of water and a snack with you. Also, bring a camera the views are spectacular!
The trail was busy with hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. So be aware of your surroundings and go on the hike early if you want to avoid traffic.
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People complaining about there being too much dog crap should probably stick to trails where they aren't allowed. You can find these in watersheds, like the cottonwood canyons!

This trail is beautiful, a quick escape. Bikers are common, but so are hikers, so everyone stays aware of each other. Would recommend - ESPECIALLY in fall. :)

I would mirror Julie Kirby’s comments. Great trail for running, beautiful, but way too many people. Also way too much dog crap on the trail.

Great hike! Not for those wanting an easy walk. The scenery changes as the summer progresses. I have Verizon as my cell carrier and get service right before hitting the saddle of the basin. Love that because I can share pictures at that moment. I wear microspikes and take hiking sticks every time.

This trail is great for trail running. My only complaint is its popularity. Too many people. It thinned out after the first 2 miles. I clocked this at 7 miles to elephant rock and back.

Perfect time of year. Perfect trail to start trail running or get back into trail running.

hiking
2 months ago

For me, this was a difficult trail. Not necessarily because of the length or climb, but because of the trail surface. Most of this trail, I estimate 60-70%, is extremely rocky. The footing is slippery and treacherous. There is a base of 2 to 3 inches of fine pea gravel. Sometimes you're walking on that and it's like walking on the beach. Other times there is a layer of softball to football sized rocks on top of the pea gravel. You can turn an ankle if you're not careful. Frankly, I got sick of it. It was extremely slow going because of this.

The trail is a steady uphill to the top and then the last half-mile or so the grade increases. Then the trail ends at the base of the cliff and you have to scramble about 100 feet or so up and over the rocks on a grade that is about a 60 degree angle. For me it was a notch or two short of needing a rope. It's pretty dangerous.

But the views are great, it's a very pretty canyon. I saw no other hikers, but about half way down three motorized mountain bikers came up. There was a dead animal carcass about two thirds of the way up where the creek joins the trail. It looks like it's been dead there a week or two. I couldn't tell what it was.

At the very top there were animal tracks. Whatever has three toes and is hooved. I assume a mountain goat but I never saw anything.

Love this hike! And the mountain bikers are very courteous of the hikers. Beautiful.

One of the best hikes in all of the wasatch! Certainly challenging but worth every second of it!

easiest 6 miles of my life. well established trail. some bikers but everyone is pretty cautious of hikers! beautiful views all the way up!

trail running
2 months ago

Great place to run off the pavement. Nice not to have to worry about traffic. Pretty level. I'll go back for sure. I only had time to run 2 miles in today.

Loved this trail it was so beautiful ♥️♥️

I love this trail

Great for trail running! Mostly shaded by trees and a clear, defined trail. Keep running past big rock towards Rudy’s flat it’s beautiful.

Up to the trail split is very steep and loose. Not fun

This is a challenging trail with a steep climb. My poor knees were not happy but it’s definitely worth a try.

For me and my friends, this hike was the complete opposite of pure misery, but instead pure joy! Very scenic route up to the top, and WOW, what a great view at the very top. Yes you might feel a little tired going up if you aren't in shape, but that's just a given. Would do this hike again any day.

I hiked this today with the dog. She took it like a champ, but after hitting the saddle was pretty beat, so we turned around.

It’s definitely steep (60% grade near the top) and a bit loose underfoot. I wished I’d brought my poles to save my knees a bit on the way down.

There’s no water I found on the way up, so bring plenty for your four-legged friends.

It took us about 1.5 hours to get up to the saddle, and about an hour to get back down to the car.

The views up on the saddle are fantastic, temps are still nice, and I had no insects pestering me. Overall, a jolly stroll.

Thus trail is beautiful and well maintained.
ylThe path is worn and easy yo navigate. I went around 7:30 and it was already busy.
There are a lot of hikers, runners and bikes on the trail. I didn't see any horses.
The elevation gain definitely manageable. There are several ups and downs to give you breaks.
Lots of shade with only a few exposed areas.
Some of the plants are already to starting to change color.

I'll be running this one again.

08/25/2018

I love this trail, it's so easy to get to and doesnt take you all day to do it. Trail is fairly easy with a slight incline but doable. The only downside is this trail gets busy, runners, bikers, sometimes even horseback riders, so keep ya eyes out.

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