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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front. The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres. It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; and Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming. Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking. Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.

Wow! What a gorgeous hike! Yes, the first 0.7 miles are pretty steep, but you’re walking through a gorgeous canopy of trees. Once it levels out, the views are incredible! This was our first time hiking in Millcreek Canyon, and it didn’t disappoint! I can imagine this one being incredible for watching the sunset. The whole family (kids 15, 12, 10, 8) all loved it, though it was challenging for my middle two with special needs...but in a good way.

We parked from the gate at the alpine loop so it added about 4 miles in total (2 miles each way). Gorgeous weather and no one on the trail due to the long precursor of a walk. It’s a lovely valley to walk in.

This was not a good hike. It is not kid friendly at all. Steep, narrow and no shade made for a very boring and rough hike for kids. Luckily we had cloud cover. I can’t imagine what it would be like in the full sunlight. Also there is nothing to do at the top and 0 shade.

The only thing that makes this hike somewhat worth the boring switchbacks is just being able to say “I hiked the Y.” If you’re in it for the beauty, don’t waste your time with this one. It’s dry and boring all the way up. But a fun group of friends will help!

13 hours ago

hiked this trail for the first time 5/20. waterfall is raging right now. this time of year not for anyone uncomfortable with creek crossings. trekking poles would have been good for crossing the falls and the steep downhill. above the large meadow youll hit snow. follow the tracks through the snow and youll make it up to the ridge overlooking BCC but be sure to bring spikes for the way back down. will probably melt in a week or 2.

Tried to hike it late in the day, but couldn't manage it. Beautiful scenery. The trail is pretty much unmarked, at least if you're hiking it clockwise. The trail map shown here didn't match up well with the actual trail. GPS wouldn't work inside the steeper canyons, so I ended up turning back rather than get lost with nightfall approaching. Watch out for rattlesnakes.

17 hours ago

The City of Holladay, because of safety problems on Oak Canyon Drive, has moved the trailhead parking to Wasatch Boulevard and part of Oak Canyon Drive has been closed to parking. I've uploaded two photos showing the trailhead parking sign and no parking signs.

Poorly marked trail...we never did find the lake. But it was beautiful just wandering around on different trails.

Awesome easy trail through the jungle. Great for kids and adults equally.

the climb till the fall is little risky and difficult because of cold flowing water.l which may not be the case in summers.

just do this one to be in harmony with nature.

19 hours ago

This trail is beautiful, and well maintained. My puppy loved all the rushing water. Easy, accessible, tons of parking. It has a beach and a nice dock. I would Highly recommend.

We got off trail towards the end and ended up on private property, but we will go back in a week or two to do the last part of the trail. The trail was gorgeous. The only drawback was that we ran into four snakes, yuck. Bring a hat and sunscreen. This is definitely a great trail that we will return to.


21 hours ago

This was absolutely gorgeous, wildflowers blooming, and clear, dry trail all the way up.

Gradual steady incline all the way to the end of the hike. The view of the waterfall is very rewarding at the end.

Nice hike, fairly easy. Go early to beat the crowds and to score parking in the lot. We left the springs by 11am as it was getting very busy already, but enjoyed some nice less-busy time earlier in the morning. DON’T park on the street if the lot is full, we passed a cop on the way out ticketing every car on the street. They likely check this area frequently since the lot is small.

Fun, quick, and fairly easy hike. Lots of shade but I’d still recommend bringing sunscreen. The cold water from the river makes it cooler as well. Parking is a little bit limited so going earlier in the morning or on a Sunday allows you to avoid the crowds which can limit your pace both up and down the hike. All around a great hike to get your legs burning and help work up to bigger trails like Mount Olympus or Ben Lomond.

Views are gorgeous. The last quarter mile to the falls is an absolute booty burner, but it’s definitely worth it once you get to the top. Fair amount of rocks. I would recommend shoes with decent traction and support.

Always one of my favorite hikes in the area. Just went up today (5/20) path was clear and barely any snow on the trail up to the falls. Usually around this time of year there are large patches of snow to hike over. The falls were a bit small today, I’m hoping as the snow on the upper mountain continues to melt the falls will grow, but with the limited snow fall this year I’m not holding my breath. Regardless of the amount of water this is always a beautiful area and one of my favorite mountains to be on in the summer.

Went around 6:30 pm after a spring rain and the colors were magical! The first bit of trail was rocky and gave a great little workout. Overall short/fast hike with lots of wildlife! I startled some deer on the way down.

Went on a Sunday evening from 7-8:00ish. The road to the trail was fenced off about 1.5 miles before the start. It is open to cars Jul 1- Nov 1. The trail was very cool and nicely shaded. Very gradual beginning of the trail with some moderately steep points. Lots of great views as you go and lots of sunlight even for so late in the evening. When we went we didn’t see a single other person so we may look to trail run here in the future. A bit muddy but I think it had rained earlier.

1 day ago

This trail is a beast! My Apple Watch tracked ~ 3.4 miles up from the parking lot at the bottom of the switchbacks (the trailhead for the Adams canyon trail as well). This difference threw my dad and I off in terms of timing and we spent a night in the cabin. The fireplace vents great and there are sleeping bags left for anyone to use. Lucky our destination was a cabin. The views are incredible. Highly recommend this hike for anyone with good experience.

Great hike! First few miles are a little hard since they’re uphill, but the views and falls were worth it.

Panoramic view of ogden valley. Very steep but fun and shaded.

Just finished this trail-I hike this several times a year. Don’t let the traffic in the parking area scare you. 99% of those people are going across the street to hike donut falls. Even with hundreds of cars up there, I only saw a total of about 15 groups total between going up and down. The last half a mile is still really snow packed and the lake is mostly frozen over and incredibly beautiful! Love this hike!! (Just watch out on the way down for mountain bikers flying down and nearly hitting you)

"Dog Lake is lame" said a high school girl at the trailhead as I was coming down, and after hiking it I kind of have to agree with her. There are lots of trees, and I imagine it's beautiful in the Autumn, but it doesn't compare to the grandeur of some of the other hikes in the area. Trail is still snow covered past the Mill A junction, so you'll want boots if your'e going all the way to the lake. I saw lots of moose tracks in the snow, so this might be a good one for you if you're searching for wildlife, but I don't think I'll hike it again.

We took our two poms up who love to hike. It was a fun trail and was beautiful with the run off from the waterfall the whole way up. Don’t recommend bringing small kids as there are narrow areas that are a dangerous fall. Plan on being a little muddy by the time you get back to your car. Will definitely do it again!

I love this hike with my little doxie, we head up this trail multiple times a year and he’s always really happy to go the whole way. It airs on the side of easy-to moderate, especially when the temps are still under 80 degrees.
I actually did continue on to the Thayne canyon loop today, and I don’t recommend it. I loved the hike all the way up to the part where desolation connects with Thayne’s, but the Thayne trail is miserable, muddy, (still a bit of snow on it May 20th) and pretty ugly if you ask me. I’d much rather head back the way I came and get to hike down the SL overlook again.
As far as hikes go, this one is great and not crowded once you pass the overlook, and even up until the overlook there aren’t too many people. Maybe a dozen other hikers and a lot of doggos.
One of my favorites as long as you stay off the Thayne canyon portion. I’m hoping to make it to desolation lake later in the summer.

1 day ago

Holy elevation gain, Batman! You’ll go up, up, and up for awhile on these trails. You get well into the wilderness although civilization remains within view for most of the hikes. There are multiple trails here—some more treacherous and rewarding than others—and there aren’t many folks. You could spend all day here weaving your way through and around the canyon. Don’t be fooled by the residential location. These trails are legit and the payoff in views is worth it.

Fun hike! Lots of shade :) Our fitness tracker calculated a mile more than the distance it shows. Very steep after the first half but worth it for the view!

beautiful but easy and short.
A great place for picnics and just relaxing days by the lake. Not exactly a hiker's trail.

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