Best trails in Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Utah

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Explore the most popular trails in Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Mill Creek Trail
Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 42 m
This popular trail winds through a beautiful canyon eventually reaching several small waterfalls with swimming areas. Beware, after the first swimming hole, the trail gets much more difficult to follow. The route on this page has the hiker stopping at the first swimming hole.Show more
#2 - Desolation Lake and Dog Lake Loop via Wasatch Crest Trail
Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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Length: 12.0 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
Know Before You Go. This trail accesses or travels through potential avalanche terrain. For more information and to read the daily avalanche forecast please visit: https://utahavalanchecenter.org Go on ODD days to avoid mountain bikers. Dogs are allowed off leash on Odd Days and must be on leash on even days. On even days they have the run of the place and it absolutely shows in the trail. This takes you up to the Wasatch Ridgeline which offers spectacular views until you eventually drop down into Desolation Lake. There are lots of bugs in this portion of the trail, so head out early and bring some spray. From Desolation, you head to Dog Lake, then take the trail from there to get back to the parking area. Parking fills up FAST, especially on weekends. Be no later than 7am to grab a spot, or plan on some extra trekking up a bit of asphalt to get to the trailhead.Show more
#3 - The Whole Enchilada
Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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Length: 31.4 mi
The Whole Enchilada includes Burro Pass, Porcupine Rim and Hazard County trails. This is one of the top mountain biking trails in the country. Dogs are allowed off leash on Odd Days and must be on leash on even days.Show more
#4 - Steel Bender OHV Trail
Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area
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Length: 17.6 mi
Dogs are allowed off leash on Odd Days and must be on leash on even days. A very scenic trail that begins and ends in Mill Creek Canyon. In between, you meander up and down rocky benches along canyon drainage. A popular mountain biking trail. Bikers usually start at Ken's Lake and ride in opposite direction described here. Be courteous, move over to make room to pass and offer water if needed. Most bikers stay on the route marked Flat Pass Road. They rarely take the northern loop described here that is used for the Easter Jeep Safari. Steel Bender is surrounded by Wilderness Study Areas, so it is critical that you stay on marked routes at all times. Located on BLM land. For current status call Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office at (435) 259-2100. Stream crossings and countless tall ledges a real bumper thumper. Two notable obstacles: one is called "The Wall," the other called "The Fall." When you've completed these obstacles, you'll understand their names. High ground clearance, excellent articulation and lockers recommended. Experienced drivers only. Not for stock vehicles.Show more