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off road driving
19 days ago

This is a fabulous drive that any 4wd can handle. It’s narrow and rocky, but nothing technical. The views are beautiful on both sides of the Wasatch range. I was impressed by how many campgrounds are spread around near the trail. I can’t wait to come back for some summer camping.

off road driving
1 month ago

This was a really fun trail. I took my Wrangler up recently and enjoyed the varied types of trail, from rutted dirt, high-banked corners, to super rocky roads, it was a little bit of everything. Definitely not for a non-4x4, but it wasn't difficult, it was just really fun. The Jeep loved it and handled it like a dream, as I imagine most competent off-road capable cars would. The view up top was pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend this trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my Jeep up there yesterday and enjoyed the drive. The views were really great--a mixture of mountainous vistas and man-made geometrical mountains. Given the moderate rating, I was hoping for a bit of challenge, but found the roads, even snowy and muddy as they were to be really quite easy. Inspiration Point in Willard offered a more satisfying off-roading experience. However, the payoff at the end was really quite cool. Definitely would recommend. If you are uncomfortable with heights, drop-offs, and tight roads, you might not enjoy it so much.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fairly easy dirt trail drive. The trail rides along steep drop-offs for 40%-50% of the trail. We did the trail on Oct 7th and there was about an inch of snow covering the trail up towards the peak and it was windy but all was great. We were also in the clouds so visibility wasnt great. The views with the colorful trees were amazing!

Agreeing with the other poster about this trails rating. Once you cross the river, around the bend there is a rough spot with a lot of boulders. We went while it was wet, and there was no way for us to make it without mud tires. 3 of the 4 keeps behind us turned around and went another route. It is a beautiful, rocky ride. Very heavily travelled and several with trailers beyond where they shouldn’t have been. Most everyone is courteous.

started around 8 am. Road up to the trail is rough, so dont go without the proper vehicle. On the way up, we only ran into one jeep. Hike up is fine, not too tough but nothing special. The fall scenery once you get to the lake is amazing though. ATVs on the way back down around 1030 ish, but not too bad.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Awesome trail, I drove up to the top with my ram 1500. There are some parts I get pretty sketchy. I’ll do than that the views are amazing.

off road driving
1 month ago

I took a stock 1996 Ford Explorer with decent A/T tires up there, the fall shift is just starting, and you're completely surrounded by greens, oranges, yellows, & reds the entire way up, patience is important and sometimes you're choosing lines through some fairly rocky terrain, but if you have functioning 4x4 and a day to spend away from the city, this trail is an awesome choice.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took my 2018 RAV4 through the trail! Such an awesome drive amazing views! Totally worth it :)

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing views. Lots of fun if you like driving fast and drifting turns. Although slow down for the blind turns which there are a lot of.

A little sketch in some places with there not being a shoulder and a death plunge off the side of the trail. Barely wide enough to pass in some sections. If you start in Farmington just to get to the top is very easy. I saw several mini vans on my drive. But, if you go south at the top it gets a little bit bumpier. Anything with a little clearance is totally good to go!

Note there is no target shooting allowed in the area. I did see a sheriff on the trail at the top.

I would have given it 5 stars except for all the traffic. Lots of other cars and a ton of ATVs as well.

off road driving
2 months ago

This is just a dirt road not really a trail, this can be done by a stock sedan. Very wide and smooth, the views were good.

hiking
2 months ago

Lot of people driving up and down the road when my dad and I went so it was really dusty. The heat bothered me more than anything since there wasn't much shade. My dad complained about being out of shape after retirement on our way up, but it took us about an hour to reach the top and only 40 minutes downhill.

This was my first time exploring these mountains and it was prettier than I expected. The scenery during the hike was nice (once the dust cleared) especially with the trees changing colors. Saw a lot of chipmunks along the way and 3 hawks circling around above the mine once we got to the top. On our drive up to the parking area, I glimpsed something that looked like a young moose (dark colored, round nose, antlers that were beginning to come in), but I didn't get a good enough look to verify what it was. The mine itself was impressive I guess, I enjoyed seeing the surrounding nature more to be honest. Seeing the mine after seeing all the beauty around it was a bit sad.

I'm glad I hiked it, just to see in person the effects we have on the environment around us, but I wouldn't hike it again. Getting there was really easy, just drive up Butterfield Canyon until you come to a parking area that forks into 2 roads. It's labeled as Butterfield Peaks Trailhead on Google Maps. The road to the overlook is the right fork.

hiking
2 months ago

Its beautiful and there are great places to hike and hangout, but you can't camp on the butterfield side. The trails near the Coppermine view turnoff are clean and varied. You get to choose a flat hike or a steeper climb, sometimes at forkes in the trails.

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing drive.. very rocky but a stock SUV can make it. Air down your tires.. Lots of OHV traffic. The views can’t be beat.

off road driving
3 months ago

Amazing view of the mine and other areas. We did however see a mountain lion

on Big Elk Lake Trail

3 months ago

didn't actually make it to Big Elk Lake. Rating 3-stars b/c is currently the average review.

Went up 35 in a Subaru Tribeca based on reports of Outbacks at the top. Great example of the deep fried shirt: 'i didn't say he couldn't, I said *you* shouldn't.' Quit about a mile from the top. Hiked with the kids for the last mile of the road, but it was getting too late to attempt the trail to Big Elk Lake. The kids enjoyed it and there are some small ponds and overlooks that are nice in that stretch.

On the way down, my left front skidded off a rock and the sidewall got punctured. amazingly, the spare made it down. Great adventure, but I don't recommend it to others. Bring a serious vehicle. I'm newly considering such a purchase.

Closed until fire in Tooele is out! Today is July 27th, 2018.

hiking
4 months ago

Steady incline and amazing views of Pineview. Make sure to bring lots of water for you and your fur friend as there is no creeks or springs. This will be fun to snowshoe too!

Great view of the Mine and some of the city. Trail isn’t hard but it’s bumpy and dusty. Lots of traffic on weekends. This is a “must do” for everyone who gets a new 4x4 in Salt Lake. Super easy

off road driving
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery with a few fun spots to maneuver on the trail

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail down from the Island Lake Trail Junction. There is a sign a short distance with a "Warning" about the trail conditions mentioned in the previous review. It is much easier to follow the rock cairns when you can see them from above than hiking up. Currently the trail is more like hiking cross country because you have to walk around, over and under many burned trees on the trail. Currently requires advanced route finding skills which slows down the progress. It took us 4 hours to negotiate the trail going downhill. At our normal pace we would have completed the downhill portion of this trail in about 2.0-2.5 hours. Three stars only because of the large burned out sections and difficult travel. 4 stars when the USFS cuts a trail through the downed trees. FYI Crystal Lake it at the opposite end of the Lakes County trail at the Junction of the Smith-Morehouse, Big Elk and Lakes Country trail

We started out at the Crystal Lake trail head near the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir. It's unclear to me why it's the trailhead sign references Crystal Lake when you never see another sign mention "Crystal Lake" again as you're hiking. Instead, the wording changes to "Island Lake."

Obviously, most of it is still burned from the July 2016 fire. There is still a sign that says the trail is closed. Ground vegetation (bushes, flowers) have grown/are starting to grow back. There are tons of fallen trees on the trail. Some are easy to maneuver, some are not. You must be comfortable with losing the trail several times as you're hiking. You will be walking a nice, clearly-defined trail, then you'll hop over a fallen tree and POOF, the trail is gone. This got really old, really fast.

We never made it to Crystal Lake/Island (whichever it is) as we gave up looking for the trail after the 10th time of losing it. We did see a deer and a 3 moose on the way back: a mom and her calf, and then later a bull moose. So be aware.

I gave it 2 out of 5 stars because 3/4 of the hike is through burned forest the trail disappears constantly. On the positive side, there are quite a few wild flowers and you have a good chance of running into some wildlife.

off road driving
4 months ago

Wouldn't much care to hike this trail. It's clearly a road meant for vehicles. Very dusty so you'd be eating dirt if you were walking. Views from up top are pretty incredible. The pit mine is impressive, if somewhat guilt-inducing for what we humans have done to the Earth, but the modern city beyond was built with a lot of copper wire. Sort of like looking past the carcass of a slaughtered cow to a nice filet mignon dinner. But I digress...

Great drive and I highly recommend continuing on to Tooele or Heriman, depending on which direction you came in from. Both sides of the mountain are beautiful.

off road driving
4 months ago

Amazing view of the open pit mine

Easy trail, but holy cow the views are incredible. This was the trail I used to break in my new (to me) FJ Cruiser and it performed perfectly. I saw some cars going up the first half of the trail, but when you see the fork to Francis Peak, that's where they are probably turning around.

hiking
4 months ago

You can also get to Big Elk lake from the very top of 35. You need a solid 4x4 vehicle with decent clearance to drive the rocky, narrow, 6.5 miles up 35 from mirror lake hwy. Lots of little roads off 35 so stay to the main road all the way to the top. The trailhead is at the very end of 35 and is not marked. It is about a 1.5 mile hike in and it is not well marked and easy to lose the trail.

At the trailhead go up and to the left to actually get on the trail. You'll see an old square sign pole with nothing on it. This is how you know you are going in the right direction. The very beginning of the trail is a short ascent but the becomes a descent rather quickly. You will continue down, come to a point where you'll hear a creek but not see it, and then come to a large meadow. The trail is very easy to loose at the meadow. Stay all the way to the left along the trees. If you lose the trail just stick to the side of the meadow and you'll see the trail pick up when you get to the other side. Once you are through the meadow you'll start climbing up, cross a creek and the come to a rocky, steep ascent. You are scrambling in a few spots. At the top of the ascent you'll be at Big Elk Lake. The views are amazing both toward the lake at the valley behind you. The best part...we didn't see a single person!

This is a moderate to hard hike. It is not easy coming from this direction!

off road driving
4 months ago

Paved road to the summit on the Butterfield canyon side. A few miles of dirt road near the summit on the Middle Canyon side. very narrow roads. There weren't many cars on the road which was good considering the narrowness

The trail pertaining to four-wheel drive vehicles is basic. This is not a moderate Trail in any way. A Subaru Outback was at the top of the trail when we got there in our 4 wheel drive vehicles. No obstacles were to found with that being said it was a beautiful Trail and if you're looking for a beginner Trail this is great.

off road driving
4 months ago

This was my very first off-roading experience in my new-to-me Outback. The Farmington (north) side had been recently graded and was fairly smooth. The Bountiful side was much bumpier and rutted but still not a problem. The peak is at 9k feet elevation so be prepared to get out of breath. To top it all off, we caught a gorgeous sunset while at the top. Absolutely gorgeous!

off road driving
4 months ago

Very fun little off roading trail. Has a quite a bit of rocks and puddles so I recommend something with some ground clearance. Very pretty view up there!

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